Rohit Sharma tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of India’s Test match against England


India captain Rohit Sharma has tested positive for Covid-19 in England, the Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed in a statement on Sunday.

India are currently playing a warm-up game in Leicester ahead of a solitary Test match against England starting on July 1.

The lone Test is the rescheduled fifth match from India’s tour to England last year, which did not take place since series had to be postponed due to Covid-19 cases in the Indian camp.

“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. An RT-PCR test will be conducted on Sunday to ascertain his CT value.

Rohit had batted on first day of the ongoing warm-up game against Leicestershire but didn’t take field on the second day. He did not bat in the second Indian innings, reported PTI.

Rohit, who is now India’s all-format captain, was expected to open the batting with Shubman Gill in the absence of KL Rahul. Though the BCCI is officially yet to confirm Rahul’s absence, the injured opener who had been named vice captain in the original squad is not part of the scheme of things in England. It remains to be seen who will lead the side should Rohit not be available.

India’s Test squad as announced by BCCI on 22 May: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna

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