After testing negative for COVID-19, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has been relieved from isolation and will be eligible for the first game of the white-ball series against England on July 7 in Southampton. The 35-year-old was ruled ineligible to play the rescheduled fifth Test against England after testing positive on the second day of a four-day warm-up game against Leicestershire.
Jasprit Bumrah was appointed as the captain for the match in Sharma’s absence. He has done well in the rescheduled Test match so far. Meanwhile, each player who has been released from quarantine is needed to undergo mandatory cardiovascular testing. This is to assess lung capacity and function following COVID-19.
“Yes, Rohit has tested negative and as per medical protocols is now out of quarantine. However, he is not playing today’s T20 warm-up game against Northamptonshire as he will need some recovery time and training ahead of the first T20I,” a senior BCCI official was quoted saying by The Times of India.
The white-ball series will kick off on July 7th with a T20I match at Southampton’s Rose Bowl. The following two games will be held at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium and Nottingham’s Trent Bridge. The ODI matches will go underway on the 12th of July.
India in the rescheduled fifth Test match
In the meantime, the Jasprit Bumrah-led team is in a great position in the fifth Test match at Edgbaston. In the first innings, India scored 416 runs thanks to centuries from Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant. The former played a careful game, scoring 104 runs in 194 balls, while the latter scored 146 runs in 111 balls.
In the following innings, India bowled well to take early wickets. However, Jonny Bairstow’s brilliant knock of 106 runs in 140 balls got England back into the game. Eventually, England was all-out for a score of 284 runs in the first innings, handing India a 132-run lead. India would now like to set a high total in the second innings.