Devdutt Padikkal tested positive for COVID-19

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Devdutt Padikkal, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s left-handed batsman, has tested positive for COVID-19. He was tested positive on March 22 and has been in quarantine since then, the franchise confirmed on Sunday (April 4).

“He has been in mandatory quarantine at his residence in Bengaluru since then. He will be fit to join the RCB bio-bubble once his RT-PCR tests are negative. RCB Medical team is in touch with Devdutt ensuring his safety and well-being. Devdutt is feeling well and we can’t wait to have him join the squad for the IPL season ahead,” the franchise said in a statement.

RCB played an intra-squad practice match on Sunday with only 12 players available with some still in quarantine. RCB will kick-off their IPL 2021 campaign against defending champions Mumbai Indians on April 9.

Padikkal was RCB’s highest run-scorer in IPL 2020 with 473 runs in 15 matches. He was only the second uncapped player in IPL’s history to score more than 400 runs in his debut season.