MS Dhoni’s parents test positive for COVID-19; admitted to private hospital in Ranchi


Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni‘s mother Devaki Devi and father Pan Singh have tested positive for Covid-19. They both are currently under medical supervision, receiving treatment at Pulse Superspeciality Hospital in Ranchi.

The former Indian skipper is currently in Mumbai, leading the three-time champions in the 14th edition of the IPL. Dhoni is due to lead CSK in their 4th match on Wednesday against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium.

Dhoni had spent time with family after IPL 2020 in the UAE as he did not feature in any competitive matches before the ongoing season of IPL. He then joined the team squad as early as March this year ahead of the league’s 14th edition, as he oversaw and led a training camp with all domestic players involved with the team in Chennai.

The CSK contingent then headed to Mumbai, where the players had served a week-long mandatory quarantine as a part of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the BCCI, before beginning training for IPL 2021.

IPL 2021 behind closed doors and in bio-bubble environment

Notably, the 13th IPL edition was moved to the UAE due to the Covid-19 situation in India. After conducting the league successfully in the gulf country, the BCCI was keen to hold the current edition in India. While the officials managed to get the tournament back in the country, the pandemic ensured that spectators were not allowed to witness live action.

This is the first time when all the games are being played at neutral venues in a caravan format, with none of the teams having any home advantage. Strict bio-bubble environments have been created across the country even as the Covid-19 cases are surging at an unprecedented pace in what has now been confirmed as the second wave.