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Pace bowler Sakariya loses father to Covid-19

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New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) Saurashtra left-arm fast bowler Chetan Sakariya, who represents Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has lost his father to Covid-19.

RR confirmed the news on Twitter on Sunday.

“It pains us so much to confirm that Mr Kanjibhai Sakariya lost his battle with Covid-19 earlier today. We’re in touch with Chetan and will provide all possible support to him and his family in this difficult time,” tweeted the franchise.

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This is the second time this year that the 23-year-old bowler from Bhavnagar, Gujarat, has lost a close relative.

In January, his brother had committed suicide.

Sakariya, who was picked by RR for Rs 1.2 crore at the IPL mini-auction in February, performed admirably at the T20 tournament before it was postponed due to Covid-19 positive cases in the camps of four out of eight teams.

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The left-armer was with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) nets last season.

Sakariya bagged 12 wickets in five matches that put him sixth in the wicket-takers’ list of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He also impressed at the RR trials prior this season.

All this made his entry to RR team easy.

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–IANS

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