Indian captain Rohit Sharma has come out of the isolation after having tested negative for COVID-19 and he will now be available for the white-ball series against England which is all set to begin with the first T20I in Southampton on July 7. The 35-year-old all-format captain missed out on playing the rescheduled fifth and final Test against England after he tested positive on the second day of the four-day warm-up match against Leicestershire.
“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 first T20I,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.
Meanwhile, as per medical rules, any player, who is out of quarantine, needs to undergo mandatory cardiovascular tests to check the lung capacity and how it is functioning after COVID-19. On the other hand, the Indian team wanted to play Rohit but he tested positive thrice before the game day and hence the visitors had to announce a new captain – Jasprit Bumrah.
While Rohit Sharma will play from the first game of the white ball series, veterans like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja will be available from the second game onwards. As far as the rescheduled fifth Test is concerned, India posted 416 runs in the first innings on the back of twin centuries from Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja and they are likely to do well in the rest of the game too.