Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Devdutt Padikkal, who tested positive for COVID-19 on March 22, has recovered and tested negative on Monday, according to reports.
As per BCCI SOP, Padikkal was kept in isolation after he tested positive for Coronavirus.
As per reports of India.com, the 20 year old will join the RCB bio-bubble after another negative test. The report further added that the left-hander could even be fit in time for the opening encounter of IPL 2021, between RCB and Mumbai Indians on April 9 in Chennai.
On Sunday, it was confirmed that Devdutt Padikkal had tested positive for COVID-19 on March 22. The news came just a day after Delhi Capitals revealed their left-arm spinner Axar Patel had tested positive for the virus and had been placed in isolation.
“Devdutt Padikkal tested positive for COVID-19 on 22nd March 2021. He has been in mandatory quarantine at his residence in Bengaluru since then. Devdutt will be fit to join the RCB bio-bubble once his RT-PCR tests are negative, as per IPL protocol,” RCB tweeted.
“RCB Medical team is in touch with Devdutt ensuring his safety and well-being. He is feeling well and we can’t wait to have him join the squad for #IPL2021.”
Padikkal was RCB’s top scorer in IPL 2020 with 473 runs from 15 matches. It was also Padikkal’s debut season. The left-handed batsman has played 33 T20 matches and has 1271 runs to his name at an average of 43.82 and a strike rate of 145.92 with one century and 11 half-centuries.
The 20-year-old has also played 15 first-class and 20 List A matches. He has 1387 List A runs at an average of 86.68 with six centuries and eight half-centuries.
Padikkal was in brilliant form for Karnataka in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy where he smashed four centuries in a row and got a 50-plus score in each of the seven matches he played in tournament.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will begin their IPL campaign on April 9 in Chennai when they take on the defending champions Mumbai Indians.