Team India skipper Rohit Sharma tested positive for the covid-19 virus on Saturday, June 25 as per the result of a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). This has put his participation in the upcoming fifth rescheduled Test match against England in jeopardy.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed the news through their social media handles. Rohit Sharma is currently in isolation under the care of the BCCI medical team. He may have to spend at least a week in isolation and test negative multiple times to join back the Indian squad.
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
Notably, Rohit Sharma did not bat for India on day three of the ongoing warm-up match against Leicestershire. In the first innings, he scored 25 runs off 47 balls, including three boundaries.
The Indian skipper was the leading run-scorer for India last year in England, slamming a century and two fifties. It will be a huge blow for the Indian team if he misses out on the fifth Test match.
Let’s take a look at how fans reacted:
Rohit literally carried our batting lineup in the England tour. We need him for the last test. Get well soon @ImRo45 💙 pic.twitter.com/9iswS4Wam8
— aadityaa (@Aditya_M9) June 26, 2022
Hope Rohit Sharma is fit in time for the fifth Test. Very unlucky to have caught the virus five days prior to the decisive fifth Test. #ENGvIND
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) June 26, 2022
Don't know how is ECB managing the tours? New Zealand players also tested positive few days back & now it's the Indian Captain Rohit Sharma who has tested positive. @englandcricket Before blaming the IPL for various reasons, look into the arrangement of the away teams.
— Omkar Biggest Fan of Jasprit Bumrah (@Omkar_Acharya12) June 26, 2022
🐐Rohit Sharma's recent tours to England 💪🔥💥
Average 57.66 vs Eng, Test 2021
Average 81.00 in World Cup 2019
Average 77.00 vs Eng, ODI 2018
Average 68.50 vs Eng, T20 2018
Average 76.00 vs Champions trophy 2017
Please get well soon Captain 🙏🥺
— 🚩VISHAL🚩🇮🇳 (@Kingof_PullShot) June 26, 2022
being a rohit fan ,i know how tough this year has been so far. first poor form in IPL ,fifty less season ,and now covid positive result. so far ,it has been a disappointing year for all of us. wishing our captain Rohit Sharma a speedy recovery..#RohitSharma𓃵#ViratKohli𓃵#BCCI pic.twitter.com/7OAiRJfO82
— Aadvik (@thecoolguy03) June 26, 2022
This is horrible!! Rohit Sharma test positive for Covid.
— Gaurav Gawade (@AshTonisher88) June 26, 2022
This guy😂😂😂… Always😂😂 https://t.co/5WissfuTLu
— Vaibhav (@VaibhaaavTweets) June 26, 2022
Hope he recovers soon.. Nahi to lag gaye.. We already dont have KL for this match & now Rohit. They both were pillars of indian batting in this test series . https://t.co/HtI1Tjan70
— Manish Sharma (@manishs446) June 26, 2022
Overseas tour exists : https://t.co/upn7aW7exX
— ♦️ 𝕂𝕚𝕟𝕘 ⓞⓕ 𝕕𝕚𝕒𝕞𝕠𝕟𝕕𝕤 ♦️ (@forsakenfellow) June 26, 2022
That's how my Sunday is ruined. https://t.co/bV0XHhNLO0
— JINKISMITA TALUKDAR ⁴⁵ (@45merchandised_) June 26, 2022
Jasprit Bumrah likely to lead India in the fifth rescheduled Test match
Pacer Jasprit Bumrah is likely to lead India in the fifth rescheduled Test match if Rohit Sharma fails to recover in time. Regular vice-captain KL Rahul has already been ruled out of the series due to a groin injury.
Earlier this year, Jasprit Bumrah was the vice-captain of the Indian team for the three-match ODI series against South Africa. If given the opportunity to lead, this will be his captaincy debut for India.
Meanwhile, KS Bharat is likely to make his test debut for India. He may open the innings along with Shubman Gill. Bharat slammed 70 and 43 in the warm-up match against Leicestershire.
The fifth rescheduled Test match is all set to take place in Edgbaston, Birmingham from July 1. India is leading the test series 2-1.
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