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Mitch Marsh can't take a trick.
The Australian cricket star has been admitted to hospital in India after testing positive for Covid-19 while playing in the IPL.
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The 30-year-old only recently joined the Delhi Capitals for the 2022 season, with the franchise confirming his illness on Tuesday.
"Delhi Capitals all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has tested positive for Covid-19, following which he has been admitted to a hospital," the statement read.
"The Delhi Capitals medical team is closely monitoring Marsh's condition.
"A few more members from the Delhi Capitals bio-bubble, including support staff members, have returned positive tests as well.
"Though they are all asymptomatic, their condition is being monitored closely by the franchise."
Marsh has played just one game in this year's IPL, scoring 14 in the Capitals' 16-run defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.
Before that he was ruled out of Australia's ODI series against Pakistan with a hip injury - the latest setback in an injury-plagued career for Marsh.
He will need to isolate for at least a week and will miss at least the games against the Punjab Kings on Wednesday and Saturday's clash with the Rajasthan Royals.
Those fixtures could be in jeopardy as the IPL has strict rules governing Covid cases after last year's edition was suspended midway through the tournament by a string of outbreaks of the virus in team camps.
The West Australian last played a Test match in 2019 but remains a key part of Australia's white-ball teams and starred in last year's T20 World Cup triumph.
Fans were left gutted for the all-rounder after the latest bout of bad news.
— Lachlan McKirdy (@LMcKirdy7) April 18, 2022
Mitch Marsh has been facing tough times … was on full Pakistan tour… didn’t play a Test and before the ODIS got injured… now in IPL he tested positive for Covid… get well soon my favourite player
— Shahid Hashmi (@hashmi_shahid) April 18, 2022
— Saif Ahmed (@saifahmed75) April 18, 2022
Mitch Marsh was Covid positive. He was sick. Now we know why he struggled last game. Last game does not count!
— Kaushik Ram (@KaushikRam25) April 18, 2022
mitch marsh is admitted to a hospital because of covid??? OMGGG get well soon mitchy 😢
— UB (taylor's version) (@same6chords) April 18, 2022
Life of Mitch marsh in IPL
Give his name in auction
Got picked for a decent price
out of tournament
— Manikanta Vamsi 🔔 (@manikantavamsi9) April 18, 2022
So you're telling me Mitch Marsh couldn't play in the Pak series bc of injury and went to India for recovery. Now the IPL has started he gets one game back, looks a bit off, and then the next day is HOSPITALISED bc of covid...... this poor guy can't catch a break rn.
— 🌈Stu 🇦🇺 (@stuwhy) April 18, 2022
Pat Cummins at centre of hat-trick drama in IPL
Meanwhile, Pat Cummins was at the centre of extraordinary scenes in the IPL on Monday as Yuzvendra Chahal snared a hat-trick to take down Kolkata Knight Riders.
England star Jos Buttler smashed the second century of the IPL season, blasting 103 off 61 balls to help Rajasthan Royals post 5-217 - the highest total of the season.
However Kolkata looked like chasing down the monster total at 4-178 entering the 17th over.
But Chahal then turned the momentum in Rajasthan's favour with an incredible four-wicket over, including a hat-trick.
The Indian spinner had Venkatesh Iyer stumped, then three balls later captain Shreyas Iyer was trapped lbw for 85 off 51 balls.
Shivam Mavi then holed out in the deep one ball later, before Aussie Test captain Cummins became the hat-trick victim when he was caught behind.
It was the 21st hat-trick in IPL history, and the fifth by a Rajasthan bowler, giving Chahal 5-40 for the match.
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