- Jasprit Bumrah is set to lead India in the 5th Test against England
- Rohit Sharma tested positive for Covid-19 again
- Jasprit Bumrah will become only the second fast bowler to lead India in Tests
Rohit Sharma ruled out of IND vs ENG 5th Test: Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the fifth Test against England and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah will lead Team India in Edgbaston. India will take on England in the rescheduled fifth Test in Birmingham on July 1.
Rohit, who tested positive for Covid-19 has not recovered and has again tested positive in the second round of testing.
"Rohit is out of this Test match, starting July 1, as his RT-PCR test has come positive again. He is still in isolation. Jasprit Bumrah, who is one of the vice-captains in absence of KL Rahul, will lead the team," a senior BCCI official told PTI.
Rohit had batted on the first day of the ongoing warm-up game against Leicestershire but didn't take the field on the second day. He did not bat in the second Indian innings.
Bumrah is set to become the first fast bowler in 35 years to lead the Indian Test team. The last pacer captain that India had was the great Kapil Dev, who was removed from captaincy in 1987. Since then India has never had a speed merchant leading the team in traditional cricket.
Bumrah will be the 36th cricketer to lead India in the longest format since the country first played in 1932. The Gujarat pacer, who has 123 wickets in 29 Tests, has grown into the world's best fast bowler.
The Chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma had already said that he is being groomed as a future leader. Fast bowlers have not been traditionally given the job in India unlike in Pakistan where their greatest skipper was Imran Khan.
Legends like Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis also led national side.
In West Indies, Courtney Walsh led the side for a considerable amount of time and world number one Pat Cummins now leading Australia in longest format.
Earlier Ravichandran Ashwin he had also tested positive for COVID-19 before the team left for the UK tour. He joined the team in England late. The matches are not played under a bio-bubble in the UK now. India too hosted South Africa recently without a bio-bubble.
Team India is set to play one rescheduled test match, three ODIs and three T20Is against England.
India’s squad fifth Test vs England: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Srikar Bharat (wk)
India's squad for ODIs and T20Is vs England: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.