IPL 2021: DC’s Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje arrive in Mumbai, will miss CSK vs DC due to week-long quarantine

IPL 2021: Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje arrive in Mumbai, will miss CSK vs DC due to week-long quarantine- South Africa and Delhi Capitals pace spearheads Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have arrived at the team hotel in Mumbai. They will undergo a mandatory 7-day quarantine. As a result, they will miss the opening match of DC against CSK on April 11. “Name this duo that has just arrived back to our DC Family,” wrote DC in a tweet post while sharing the pictures of Rabada and Nortje.

As per BCCI’s SOPs for IPL 2021, all players (except for those from the India-England series), support staff, and management entering the bubble need to undergo a seven-day quarantine in their hotel rooms.

Every individual will be tested multiple times during this period, and upon returning the negative results, they will be allowed to come out of their rooms and commence outdoor training and practice sessions.

Why Rabada and Nortje are important for DC in IPL 2021?

The two bowlers are set to miss the opening match against a strong batting attack of CSK. While Kagiso Rabada had scalped 32 wickets in 17 matches in IPL 2020– the highest in the season, Anrich Nortje scalped 22 wickets in 16 matches. The duo’s consistent performances can help DC win the IPL 2021 title.

Delhi Capitals will begin their IPL 2021 campaign against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 10. In their absence, Ishant Sharma, Tom Curran and Umesh Yadav are likely to play as three seamers in the opening match.

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On Saturday, DC’s assistant coach Mohammad Kaif, who attended his first practice session with the team at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai, expressed that the franchise is aiming for nothing short of winning the title.

“We want to go one step further this year and that’s the Delhi Capi’ team goal. We have the players to win the title. We were very close last year and the plus point for this season is that most of the players such as Rishabh Pant have been playing a lot of cricket. They have been in touch with the game and therefore they are in good rhythm going into the IPL,” said the 40-year-old in an official DC release.

IPL 2021 DC squad

Shreyas Iyer (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddarth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings

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