After testing negative for COVID-19, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma is finally released from isolation and will be available for the white-ball series against England, which starts with the first T20I in Southampton on July 7.
The 35-year-old all-format captain failed a drug test on day two of the four-day warm-up match against Leicestershire, preventing him from participating in the fifth Test against England as it was postponed.
Rohit Sharma Will Be Back To Leading India In the Limited Over Series Against England
“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 told PTI.
Any player who has been released from quarantine is required to undertake mandatory cardiovascular tests to evaluate their lung capacity and function following COVID-19.
The Indian squad was desperate for Rohit to play, but he tested positive three times before the game, forcing India to name Jasprit Bumrah as their new captain.
Rohit Sharma missed the Test series in South Africa earlier this year as well. In fact, after being promoted to full-time captaincy Sharma has missed more games than he has captained India. That has meant that the likes of Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, and now Jasprit Bumrah has to captain India in the interim.
While Rohit will start the white ball series’ first game, other players like Virat Kohli, Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, and Ravindra Jadeja won’t be available until the second game. The Indian team would be playing with its best possible XI in white-ball cricket after more than a year.
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