Delhi Capitals and India all-rounder Axar Patel has rejoined his IPL team here after spending nearly three weeks in a medical care facility in Mumbai following a positive test result for COVID-19.
‘Smiles and hugs all around as Bapu returned to the DC camp,’ the Delhi Capitals tweeted on Friday with a video of Axar meeting his teammates.
“Aadmi dekh ke hi toh mujhe maza aa rahan hai (I’m getting sheer joy just by seeing people),” Patel said in a video, expressing his joy and relief at recovering from Covid-19.
The all-rounder is back to full fitness and participated in his first team training session on Friday.
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. He was immediately moved to a medical facility where he was isolating in his own room.
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.
The Capitals play their next game on April 25 against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai.