August 13, 2022

India England Tour 2022

India Test captain Rohit Sharma has tested positive for Covid-19 which could put him in doubt for the single test against England at Edgbaston.

Rohit is in self-isolation at the team hotel and if the same protocols are followed as for the ongoing England-New Zealand series, it would be for a period of five days. The test begins on July 1.

It’s unclear who will lead India in case Rohit is unavailable for the England test. KL Rahul was named vice-captain by the selectors when the squad was announced in May, but he is not in England as he suffered a groin injury ahead of the T20I series at home against England South Africa recently. BCCI has yet to give an update on Rahul’s fitness and has yet to name Rohit a deputy.

The selectors have apparently named Rahul as the long-term captain option. Rahul led India in the second Test of the South African tour in December-January after Virat Kohli withdrew with a back injury. In March, an injury ruled Rahul out of the two-game home Test series against Sri Lanka, prompting coaches to hand over the vice-captaincy job to Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah, however, has no captaincy experience at any level. It could not be confirmed whether selectors would consider Kohli as interim captain for the one-time test. The one-off test is the conclusion of last year’s series which was put on hold after an outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian squad.

A BCCI statement, regarding Rohit’s Covid result, said: “Indian team captain, Mr Rohit Sharma has tested positive for COVID-19 following a rapid antigen test ( RAT) performed on Saturday. He is currently in isolation at the team hotel and is under the care of the BCCI medical team. An RT-PCR test will be performed on Sunday to determine his CT value.

The news of Rohit’s positive test came after the matchday three warm-up game against Leicestershire. He had made 25 in the first innings before failing to hit in the second.
New Zealand have faced a number of Covid-19 cases during their ongoing Test tour while England batting coach Marcus Trescothick has been absent from the Headingley game after testing positive. England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes also tested positive on Sunday and his participation in the test against India is uncertain, although England hope he would be fit to play.