“We want Kohli as captain!”- Fans react as Rohit Sharma tests positive for COVID -19

India is already without their opener KL Rahul, who is not playing with a groin injury. Fans want former India captain Virat Kohli to take the captaincy role. Kohli was the captain when India toured to the UK last year. But Jasprit Bumrah set to become the first Indian fast bowler in 35 years to captain India in Test cricket.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

India skipper Rohit Sharma has tested postive for COVID-19 before the rescheduled fifth match which is set to begin from July 1 in Edgbaston. BCCI confirmed on Sunday about the same following a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). The matches are not played under bio-bubble in the UK now. India also hosted the recently concluded South Africa T20I series without a bio-bubble. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had also joined the squad late because he missed his flight after being tested COVID-19 positive.

If Rohit Sharma remains in six-dat isolation, then either wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant or pacer Jasprit Bumrah could be asked to lead the team. Fans want former India captain Virat Kohli to take the captaincy role. Kohli was the captain when India toured to the UK last year. In a five-match Test series, Kohli captained the four Tests and India is currently leading by 2-1. But Jasprit Bumrah set to become the first Indian fast bowler in 35 years to captain India in Test cricket.

“Team India captain Mr Rohit Sharma has tested positive for COVID-19 following a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on Saturday,” BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said in a media release.

“He is currently in isolation at the team hotel and is under the care of the BCCI Medical Team. An RT-PCR test will be conducted on Sunday to ascertain his CT value,” the release added.

The 35-year-old is expected to open the innings alongside Shubman Gill, but his participation is now entirely depend on his recovery from RT-PCR test. India is already without their opener KL Rahul, who is not playing with a groin injury. Rohit was also India’s top-scorer with his 368 runs at an average of 52.27 including a hundred at the Oval (his first overseas century). If India wins this Test series, then it will be their first series victory in England since 2007.

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Here’s how Twitterverse reacted to Rohit Sharma’s being tested COVID-19 positive

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma , Jasprit Bumrah and Virat Kohli

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