BENGALURU: Indian skipper Rohit Sharma on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in isolation in the team hotel. The Indian Test team is currently in England to play the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston. Rohit is unlikely to play in the Test match now. In his absence, pacer Jasprit Bumrah might be the captain of the team.
The New Indian had reported four days ago that the preparations of the Indian team for the rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston have been thrown out of gear as a few prominent players are struck by COVID-19.
Earlier, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had not travelled to England with the team as he tested positive for COVID-19. But now he has joined the team. Virat Kohli had also contracted the virus but has recuperated.
Rohit played India’s tour game against Leicestershire and scored 25 runs in the first innings, but did not bat on Day 3 of the tour game.
India’s another opener, KL Rahul, has already been ruled out of the match due to a groin injury and now with Rohit also doubtful to play the Test, it has caused immense worry for the team management.
India’s tour of England was cancelled last year prematurely because a host of players, along with then head coach Ravi Shastri, had contracted the virus.
The fifth Test will be played between July 1 to 5. India are leading the series 2-1 and need either a win or a draw to win the Test series in England for the first time since 2007.
The fifth Test will be followed by three T20Is and three ODIs.