'Get well soon': Cricket fans rocked by sad Mitch Marsh news

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Mitch Marsh, pictured here during a Test match for Australia against Pakistan.
Mitch Marsh looks on during a Test match against Pakistan. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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.

Mitch Marsh, pictured here leaving the nets before Australia's ODI series against Pakistan.
Mitch Marsh leaves the nets before Australia's ODI series against Pakistan. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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.

with agencies

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