Shams Mulani Named COVID-19 Replacement for Axar; Anirudha Joshi Replaces Iyer in DC

Shams Mulani became the first-ever Covid replacement in Indian Premier League 2021 after Axar Patel tested positive for the novel virus. Delhi Capitals also named Aniruddha Joshi as Shreyas Iyer’s replacement on Thursday ahead of the IPL game against Rajasthan Royals. Iyer has been ruled out of the IPL due to a shoulder injury. Also Read – List of Delhi Hotels Attached With Hospitals For Covid-19 Patients

Hailing from Mumbai, Mulani is a left-handed batsman and a slow left-arm spinner, very much similar to Axar. Also Read – Covid 2.0 Hits Indian Kids With Severe Symptoms: Doctors

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Under Regulation 6.1 (c), franchises are allowed to sign a short-term replacement player until the original squad member is permitted to re-enter the team’s bio-secure environment. Hence, Mulani will only be a part of the Delhi Capitals side until Axar recovers and is allowed to join the team. Also Read – Should You Go For Morning Walk/Exercise During Covid Times? Check What Scientists Say

Mulani, who plays for Mumbai in domestic cricket has played 10 First-Class, 30 List A, and 25 T20s so far. This would be his first time in the cash-rich IPL. Mulani would not be allowed to join another team when he is released. He would be released when Axar returns.

Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals have also signed Anirudha Joshi as a replacement for the injured Shreyas Iyer for the remainder of the VIVO IPL 2021. Iyer was ruled out of the tournament after sustaining an injury during the recent India-England One-Day International (ODI) series.

Joshi, a middle-order batsman and an off-spinner, joins his third IPL team, having been a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals in the past. He represents Karnataka in domestic cricket and has featured in 17 List A and 22 T20 matches so far.

The Capitals got their campaign off to a winning start as they beat Chennai Super Kings. They would like to keep the winning momentum on when they take on the Royals.

(With inputs from IPL)

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