Delhi Capitals all-rounder Axar Patel, who’d tested positive for Covid-19 a week prior to the commencement of IPL 2021, has entered the team bubble after successfully recovering from the virus. Patel’s return means that Delhi will release ‘short-term replacement’ Shams Mulani from the squad.
Delhi Capitals have received a huge boost to their campaign as all-rounder Axar Patel has joined the squad after successfully recovering from Covid-19. Axar, who played 15 games for the Capitals in 2020 and was integral to the side reaching the final, had tested positive for Covid-19 a week ahead of the tournament and had to spend no less than three weeks at a medical care facility.
Concerned about his availability, the Capitals had even in fact signed Mumbai all-rounder Shams Mulani as a short-term Covid-19 replacement. But all is well now as the 27-year-old has joined the side ahead of their clash versus the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.
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As per the rules, Delhi will now have to release Shams Mulani, who they signed as a short-term replacement. Mulani will also now not be eligible to sign for any other franchise for the rest of the season. The left-arm spinner featured in no games in his time as a Covid-replacement for Axar Patel.