Among few players who tested positive during the now-postponed IPL 2021, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) wicketkeeper, Tim Seifert was seen finding it hard to control his emotions when he recalled the times he tested COVID-19 positive and all negative thoughts crept into his head. He became the third player from the Kolkata-based franchise to get affected by the deadly virus.
Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were the other two cricketers who contracted the virus in the KKR camp. After the IPL was postponed on May 4, most of the overseas players left the country with the rising number of COVID-19 cases in India. However, Tim Seifert had to stay back in India for a longer period and showed moderate symptoms of the contagion as well as he recalled the CSK manager inform him of testing positive.
In a video uploaded on the New Zealand cricket team’s Twitter handle, Tim Seifert was heard saying, “The Chennai Super Kings manager showed me the positive on the top of the test. The world stops and I just couldn’t really think what was next and that was the scariest part of it – you hear about the bad things and I thought that was going to happen to me.”
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Tim Seifert finally returned to New Zealand last week and is currently undergoing a mandatory quarantine period of 4 days in a hotel. Seifert said he was grateful to KKR coach Brandon McCullum and CSK coach Stephen Fleming for extending their support during the period.
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Seifert further explained, “They made everything a lot easier. They made sure that things would be put in place and the CSK management and CEO of Kolkata Knight Riders [the team Seifert played for], they made life easy for me to know that everything would be alright and when that time was to come home, they’d try everything to get me home safely.”