India vs England 5th Test: Rohit Sharma ruled out, THIS cricketer to lead India in Edgbaston Test
This will be the first time since Kapil Dev that an Indian pacer will be leading an India side in a Test
- This is a very important Test for India as they are leading 2-1 in the five-match series
- The last Test was postponed to July 2022 after a series of Covid-positives were found in the Indian camp
India vs England 5th Test Updates: Team India captain Rohit Sharma is going to miss the all-important fifth and last Test against England that starts on July 1 as he has failed to recover from Covid-19 that he came in contact with a few days ago. In his absence, the team will be lead by Jasprit Bumrah. He has been informed about this in the team meeting, as per ANI Sources. As per another report in PTI, Rohit took decision to hand over captaincy to Bumrah after testing for the virus on even the second time. After Rohit was down with Covid-19, there were talks that former captain Virat Kohli might step in and lead India. Some even felt that Rishabh Pant, who plays all 3 formats for India, could also lead the Indian team as he has enough experience now. But the selectors seems to have taken a final call and the management led by Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma have their stamp on it: that Jaspri Bumrah should lead.
This will be the first time since Kapil Dev that an Indian pacer will be leading an India side in a Test.
This is a very important Test for India as they are leading 2-1 in the five-match series. The last Test was postponed to July 2022 after a series of Covid-positives were found in the Indian camp. If India manage to draw or win the Test, they would win the series in England for the first time since 2007-08 when they won it under the leadership of Rahul Dravid, who is now a coach with the men's cricket side.
The win won't come easy as England are coming on back of a dominant series win over current World Test champions New Zealand at home. Under new coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes, they are playing a new brand of cricket and India will have to be at their best to tackle them. India are certainly not favourites despite being 2-1 up in the series. With Rohit not there, onus will be on the likes of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara to step up and do the job for India.