Rohit Sharma Will Not Play The 5th Rescheduled Test vs England, Jasprit Bumrah To Captain Team India- Reports

Jasprit Bumrah Rohit Sharma

Dark clouds over Rohit Sharma’s participation in the 5th rescheduled Test between India and England now seem to be clearing up. As per some media reports, BCCI sources have made it clear that Rohit Sharma won’t be able to recover from COVID-19 in time for the 5th Test and hence, he will not be a part of the Indian playing XI.

It is notable that Rohit was supposed to lead team India in the rescheduled Test but he tested positive for COVID-19 just days before the Test match was about to begin. Now, the reports have also confirmed that Jasprit Bumrah will be taking over as the Indian captain for the final Test vs England.

Rohit Sharma COVID-19 Positive In England, India
Rohit Sharma COVID-19 Positive In England.

BCCI Finalize Their Decision Regarding Rohit Sharma’s Participation In The Birmingham Test

Rohit was leading the Indian team in the warmup match against Leicestershire. He batted for the team in the first innings of the game. However, when India’s second innings came up, Rohit was nowhere to be seen on the playing field or in the dugout throughout the day. The next day, it was revealed that Rohit has tested positive for COVID-19.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Twitter)

As per reports in Dainik Jagran, BCCI sources have confirmed that Rohit Sharma will not be available for selection in the final Test. Also, the BCCI has finalized that Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian vice-captain in Tests, will be leading the Indian team in absence of Rohit Sharma in the rescheduled Test.

The Birmingham Test is all set to take place from July 01. The India National Cricket Team were 2-1 up in the five-match series when the series came to a halt last year s the Indian team was not able to field their playing XI in the final Test due to COVID-19 cases in the camp. The final Test will also be the decider of the series.

Mayank Agarwal has been called up by the Indian team management as a backup of Rohit Sharma and now it seems all but evident that Mayank will open the innings alongside Shubman Gill in the rescheduled Test.

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal. (Photo: BCCI)

India Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Srikar Bharat (wk), Mayank Agarwal

England Squad: Ben Stokes (Captain), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Matthew Potts, Ollie Pope, Joe Root.

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IND vs ENG: India ODI Squad vs England (Predicted)

India National Cricket Team, ICC T20 World Cup 2021

Team India is set to kick off the England tour at the end of this week when they play the rearranged fifth Test from last year’s tour, which will not only determine the results of the five-match series but will also show them a mirror for the roadmap ahead in the WTC 2021-23 cycle.

Just after the conclusion of the one-off Test, India will turn into the blue colours to play the white-ball leg comprising three T20 Internationals followed by as many ODI matches.

All six white-ball fixtures between England and India will be held at different venues in the United Kingdom. Both the teams have already announced their squads for the rescheduled fifth and final Test in Birmingham but they are yet to reveal their white-ball squads.

India National Cricket Team
India National Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

England will obviously see a change in the white-ball leadership after veteran skipper Eoin Morgan announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday (June 28).

India will also play under the leadership of Rohit Sharma for the first time in England. However, the Indian skipper isn’t certain to play the one-off Test after contracting the virus last week and is going under an isolation period. India will miss the services of injured players KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav with Ruturaj Gaikwad being the latest to add to the list.

India last played the ODI series against West Indies at home, where they clean swept the Kieron Pollard & co 3-0 after suffering a whitewash at the hands of South Africa in their last overseas ODI series earlier in January.

Let us look at India’s predicted 15-member ODI squad.

IND vs ENG: India ODI Squad vs England (Predicted)

1) Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo: BCCI)

Rohit Sharma is likely to be fit by the time India starts the three-match ODI series on July 12. This would be the first overseas assignment for the 35-year-old in the 50-over format as India captain after he missed the ODI series against South Africa at the start of the year due to a hamstring injury.

Rohit has amassed 9238 runs in 230 ODI matches and 544 of those runs have been scored against England. Rohit will take a leaf from his magnificent 2019 World Cup experience, where he scored five centuries in the showpiece event in England and finished as the leading run-scorer with 648 runs at an average of 81.

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IND vs ENG: Ajit Agarkar Explains Why India Do Not Need To Match England’s Style Of Play

Ajit Agarkar

Beginning on Friday, July 1, the fifth Test between India and England will take place at Edgbaston in Birmingham. England enters the tournament having destroyed New Zealand 3-0 in a three-match Test series, and the team has displayed an excellent aggressive style of cricket.

Ajit Agarkar, a former Indian pacer, says that visitors should not attempt to play England’s style since they are capable of defeating England. He said that our bowlers will be more difficult for England to stop since they have more weapons at their disposal than New Zealand’s. 

Indian Team Will Play The Way They Know How To Play: Ajit Agarkar

India vs England
India vs England (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I do not know, why would India try and match with the way England are playing, England were 55/6 in the first innings against New Zealand and then they had a couple of good innings.

“India will play the way they know how to play, you don’t have to necessarily match someone, at the end of the day you want to play better than the other team. India, at the moment, are 2-1 up in the series so the pressure is on England to try and level the series.

I do not necessarily think that India will try and match England, they will play their own way. If they play well enough, they are good enough to beat England,” said Agarkar in a select media call organised by Sony Sports Network. 

Indian Bowling Attack Better Than New Zealand’s: Ajit Agarkar

In response to a query from NDTV about how difficult it would be for England to pursue Indian bowlers, Agarkar said: “Look, they are terrific players (Bairstow and Stokes). Stokes is a world-class all-rounder, and Bairstow has found some form in the last couple of Tests.

Indian bowling trio of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami
Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami. Image Credits: Twitter

But Root is still their main batter. If India can dismiss Root early, but there is no doubt, if you compare New Zealand with India’s attack, India has probably more to their attack and it would not be that easy to take them down.” 

“Especially with the situations England were in most Tests, earlier on if India can put themselves in that situation, getting early wickets, it will be a little harder to take down India like they did with New Zealand.

England has had three Tests so they are a bit more battle-hardened but India has some serious quality in their attack so it would not be easy for England,” he added. 

Ajit Agarkar Prefer Cheteshwar Pujara Or Hanuma Vihari In Indian XI If Rohit Sharma Is Not Fit

Finally, Agarkar said that if Rohit Sharma is unable to recover from COVID-19 in a timely manner, he would prefer Cheteshwar Pujara or Hanuma Vihari to start in the Indian side. 

Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credits: Twitter)
Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credits: Twitter)

“I know KS Bharat got some runs in the warm-up game. The team management will have a look at how prepared Mayank Agarwal is once he joins the team. I do not know if he has enough time to prepare for the Test, especially the one-off Test, I believe experience might help, if it is Pujara or Vihari.

“Vihari has already opened for India a couple of times. One of those two would be my picks, it is better to go with a little more experience because it is a one-off Test,” said Agarkar. 

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