Meanwhile, The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic hurt both Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teams, forcing them to drop their first-choice openers in this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) opening match on Friday night.
While South African wicketkeeping batsman Quinton de Kock missed out for Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore were forced to pick a replacement for their opening batsman Devdutt Padikkal, who was a find for them last season.
“Quinny (Quinton de Kock) is in quarantine, so he isn’t available. Lynn will make debut,” said MI skipper Rohit Sharma ahead of the tournament opener.
“Padikkal has been recommended rest,” said Sharma’s counterpart from RCB, Virat Kohli.