Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has tested positive for the covid-19 virus, ahead of the fifth rescheduled test match against England, starting from July 1. The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed the news via their social media handle.
The Indian players underwent a Rapid Antigen test on Saturday, June 25. Subsequently, Rohit Sharma’s result came positive. The skipper did not come out to bat for India on day three of the four-day warm-up match against Leicestershire. He is in isolation under the care of the BCCI medical team.
“He is currently in isolation at the team hotel and is under the care of the BCCI Medical Team,” read the BCCI’s statement.
UPDATE – #TeamIndia Captain Mr Rohit Sharma has tested positive for COVID-19 following a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on Saturday. He is currently in isolation at the team hotel and is under the care of the BCCI Medical Team.
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 25, 2022
With the fifth Test match just a few days away, Rohit Sharma’s participation is in jeopardy. He may have to spend at least a week in isolation and test negative multiple times before joining the Indian team. Rohit Sharma was leading the Indian team in the four-day warm-up before testing positive. He opened the batting in the first innings and managed to score 25 runs off 47 balls, including three boundaries.
Rohit Sharma’s brilliant performance in the 2021 Test series in England
Rohit Sharma was a key performer for India in the four test matches in 2021. He was India’s leading run-scorer in the series. Opening the innings for the first time in England, he scored 368 runs at an average of 52.57 in four test matches. His run tally includes a century and two fifties in the series. Rohit was the Player of the Match in the fourth test match, which India won by 157 runs.
India managed to take a 2-1 lead after the first four test matches last year, under Virat Kohli. However, as several players from the Indian camp tested positive the fifth test had to be postponed. The rescheduled test is all set to take place in Edgbaston, Birmingham starting on July 1. However, it will be a huge blow for India, if Rohit Sharma is ruled out of the test.