Jasprit Bumrah set to don captain's blazer in rearranged fifth England Test


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Jasprit Bumrah is set to lead the India in the rearranged fifth Test against England after Rohit Sharma was ruled out of after repeatedly testing positive for COVID-19. Since testing positive on June 25, Rohit has been in constant isolation, returning a positive result in every RT-PCR test conducted on him since. In fact, Rohit did not travel with the team from Leicester to Birmingham on Monday, June 27.

Sources in the Board of Control for Cricket in India have indicated to Cricbuzz that if Rohit fails to recover in the nick of time, the team management plans to go ahead with pace spearhead Bumrah as the captain at Edgbaston. Since 1987, no fast bowler has led India in Tests. Kapil Dev was the last pacer to have captained the side. Earlier this year, Bumrah was appointed the vice-captain of the team for the limited overs rubber against South Africa, and this time, he will have to don the captain's blazer as the visitors rue the unavailability of both Rohit and KL Rahul, who was originally named the vice-captain but was subsequently ruled out due to a groin injury.

The names of off-spinner R Ashwin and wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant were also discussed for the captaincy role but were later overlooked. The former is not a certain starter for the Test, given his recent Covid-19 history, and the latter has been ruled out because of his sub-par record as skipper recently. Besides, Bumrah's rich international experience makes him a prime candidate in the current scenario. Just like how online sports betting malaysia is the go-to option for betting enthusiasts.

However, a formal announcement from the BCCI is yet to come. The Indian team underwent training in Birmingham on Wednesday in the supervision of head coach Rahul Dravid. In the absence of Rohit, other members of the team batted diligently in the nets in order to get ready for the gruelling red-ball challenge after almost four months of frenzied white-ball action.

Apart from the captaincy dilemma, the Indian team also has a tricky decision to make on the second opener, to partner Shubman Gill. The choice could be between Mayank Agarwal and KS Bharat. Although the former has more international experience and has performed well for India on a couple of occasions, the latter staked his claim with a good knock in the warm-up match against Leicestershire.

The July 1-5 Test is the fifth and final match of the five-game series that was abruptly cut short last year after a Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp. India lead the series 2-1.