IPL 2021: Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Devdutt Padikkal tests positive for COVID-19
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IPL 2021: Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Devdutt Padikkal tests positive for COVID-19

The 2021 IPL starts on April 9 and KKR face SunRisers Hyderabad in their first match of the season on April 11.

Bengaluru: Devdutt Padikkal is the latest player to have contracted the COVID-19 infection. The RCB player tested positive for the novel virus on Sunday. The left handed opening batsman has been isolated from the rest of the squad and is under quarantine. The positive test now makes him doubtful for the IPL opener against reigning champions Mumbai Indians.

Akshar Patel on Saturday was another player who tested positive for novel virus.

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Wankhede Stadium in doubt to host IPL matches after 10 ground staff test positive for COVID-19

GURKEERAT JOINS KKR

Gurkeerat Singh Mann has replaced the injured Rinku Singh at the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the Indian Premier League (IPL) said in a statement.

Rinku has been ruled out of the season due to his knee injury.

"Kolkata Knight Riders have signed up Gurkeerat Singh Mann as replacement for batsman Rinku Singh, who will be unavailable for the entire season due to a knee injury," said the IPL in a statement.

Gurkeerat played for Royal Challengers Bangalore last season in the IPL. He played eight matches and managed to score just 80 runs. This will be his eighth season in the IPL. Rinku, who made his IPL debut in 2017, has played a total of 11 IPL games.

The 2021 IPL starts on April 9 and KKR face SunRisers Hyderabad in their first match of the season on April 11.

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