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The 27-year-old had initially checked into the Capitals’ team hotel on March 28 in Mumbai.
While he had entered the bubble with a negative test report, he had returned positive for the dreaded virus on April 3 and was transferred to BCCI’s designated medical facility after it was learnt that he showed mild symptoms.
“Smiles and hugs all around as Bapu returned to the DC camp,” the Delhi Capitals tweeted with a video of Axar meeting his teammates.
“Aadmi dekh ke hi toh mujhe maza aa raha hai [I’m getting sheer joy just by seeing people],” Patel said in the video.
📹 | Smiles and hugs all around as Bapu returned to the DC camp 😁🤗Oh, how we missed you, @akshar2026 💙P.S. Kya c… https://t.co/YrSPrBiSJp
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) 1619104521000
Axar was the second IPL player to get infected by the virus after Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Devdutt Padikkal.
There have also been a couple of incidents of false-positives in the team with Axar’s DC teammate South African pacer Anrich Nortje needing to spend an extended period of time in quarantine due to a false-positive result for Covid-19.
Nitish Rana had also tested positive after joining the Kolkata Knight Riders camp but his next RT-PCR result turned out to be negative.
That smile tells a story 💙Welcome back to the field, @akshar2026 😍#YehHaiNayiDilli #IPL2021 https://t.co/tWX57z0Iho
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) 1619152200000
In Axar’s absence, the Capitals had roped in young Mumbai left-arm spinner Shams Mulani as IPL’s first short-term Covid-19 replacement.
Delhi are slated to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad here on Sunday.