INDIA captain Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the upcoming Test against England.
Sharma tested positive for Covid-19 and will play no part in the match at Edgbaston, which starts on Friday.
India captain Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the Test match against EnglandCredit: Reuters
Jasprit Bumrah is set to replace Rohit Sharma as India’s captain against EnglandCredit: Getty
The Indian cricket team confirmed that Jasprit Bumrah will captain his country in the fifth Test Match.
Rishabh Pant will compete as vice-skipper in the upcoming encounter against England.
Sharma tested positive on the second day of the warm-up match in Leicester last week.
The 35-year-old has been serving his five-day isolation, as per Covid regulations set up by the UK government.
Bumrah was India’s vice-captain during the previous Test series against Sri Lanka and is set for his maiden captaincy stint.
The 28-year-old is set to become the first fast bowler to lead his nation since the great Kapil Dev.
Bumrah previously said: “If given an opportunity at any scenario, it would be an honour and I would never ever shy away from that, but it is something that I don’t go looking for
“Whatever role is asked of me, I would do it with the best ability. You are always a leader when you are a senior member of the team, so it’s just a post that comes with you.
“Basically, you try to help all the people in whatever capacity you can.
“Even in Mumbai Indians, you have got a lot of senior players but now I am one of the senior players as well, so you help the captain, you help everyone, you play the leadership role even when you are not asked to.
“That’s how I look at it. I never want to [be the captain] just for personal satisfaction.
“It’s just a post, it’s just a name, you have to do your job and you have to help people in the best way you can.”
This Test is the final match in the series that was postponed last September following a Covid outbreak.
India lead the series 2-1.