Monday’s big match between KKR and RCB has been called off after KKR players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for Covid-19. It’s the first instance of players testing positive since the Indian Premier League started and the plan is for the tournament to continue.
Shoulder scan trip could be to blame
Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy and seam bowler Sandeep Warrier tested positive for Covid-19 after routine testing, leading to today’s match being postponed. The decision was taken straight away to ensure there was no further spreading of the virus among players or staff of either side.
It’s suspected that Chakravarthy may have been exposed to Covid when leaving the bio-bubble to have a scan on his shoulder. It is thought that seam bowler Warrier then got it from his team-mate at some stage over the past day or so.
As a result, their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore has been moved to a later date. The tournament is set to conclude on May 30.
Daily testing is also being conducted in the Kolkata Knight Riders camp to identify more cases and treat them at the earliest.
The duo should be out for two weeks
The positive tests mean KKR will presumably be without the two players for at least two weeks.
Chakravarthy had played all seven of KKR’s matches to date, taking seven wickets and boasting a decent economy rate of 7.82.
Warrier, who has only ever played four IPL matches, was yet to feature this season.
CSK non-playing trio also test positive
In a separate incident, three members of the CSK franchise tested positive for Covid-19, although none of them were players.
They have been named as Chief Executive K Visnawathan, an unnamed bus cleaner and former India and CSK bowler L Balaji. At present, their match against Rajasthan is set to go ahead on Wednesday.
The news is just the latest in a series of Corona-related IPL stories.
Last week three Australian players flew back to Australia for safety reasons while Delhi’s Ravi Ashwin has missed IPL matches to spend time with his family during the pandemic.