Bumrah to lead India in Edgbaston Test; ill Rohit out

Edgbaston, July 1

Jasprit Bumrah is set to lead India in Edgbaston, in what will be the first time he will lead the national side in any format.

Bumrah is also set to make history as the first pacer to captain India in Tests since the legendary Kapil Dev in 1987. Rishabh Pant has been named vice captain.

Rohit tested positive for COVID-19 last week during the warm-up game against Leicestershire. Though he played the first innings, he was forced into isolation after testing positive and did not take part in the second innings.

“Rohit Sharma, captain, Indian Cricket Team is ruled out of the rescheduled fifth Test against England to be played from Friday,” a BCCI release said. “Rohit underwent a RAT Test on Thursday morning and returned a positive result for COVID-19.

“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Jasprit Bumrah as captain for the upcoming Test and Rishabh Pant as his deputy.”

India have announced Mayank Agarwal as cover for Rohit. Given there is no quarantine for international travellers, Agarwal has already travelled to England and has linked up with the Test squad.

Having made his Test debut in 2018, Bumrah has quickly become one of the most important players in India’s red-ball sides. He has played just 29 Tests, but is already the leader of the pace attack, and occupies the No.3 position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Bowler’s rankings.

He was the vice captain in the ODI leg of India’s tour of South Africa, with K.L. Rahul captaining in Rohit’s absence.

Should India win or draw in Birmingham, they would secure their first Test series victory in England since 2007. There are also crucial ICC World Test Championship points at stake, with India currently sitting at No.3 in the standings, reported ICC.

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