IPL 2021: SunRisers Hyderabad Bowler T Natarajan tests positive for Covid, game against Delhi capitals to move forward

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SunRisers Hyderabad’s pacer T Natarajan has tested positive for Covid.© BCCI / IPL

SunRisers Hyderabad bowler T Natarajan has tested positive for Covid-19 in a scheduled RT-PCR test, according to an official statement from the IPL. The player has isolated himself from the rest of the squad and is currently asymptomatic. SRH is expected to resume its 2021 IPL campaign later today against Delhi Capitals in Dubai. Another SSR player, Vijay Shankar, and five support staff have been identified as close contacts and placed in isolation, the official statement added.

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“The rest of the contingent, including close contacts, underwent RT-PCR testing at 5 a.m. local time and the test reports are negative. As a result, tonight’s match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals will take place at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai, “said the official IPL courier.

Here are the six members who were identified as close contacts and placed in segregation.

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1. Vijay Shankar – Player

2. Vijay Kumar – Team leader

3. Shyam Sundar J – Physiotherapist

4. Anjana Vannan – Doctor

5. Tushar Khedkar – Logistics manager

6. Periyasamy Ganesan – Net Bowler

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It’s a big blow for SunRisers Hyderabad, as T Natarajan is the go-to pitcher of choice for the dead. SRH is looking to turn things around in the United Arab Emirates game as he is currently at the bottom of the points table.

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Captain Kane Williamson and team management have the difficult task of fielding a balanced squad against the Delhi Capitals tonight as all-rounder Vijay Shankar will not be available for selection either.

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