After testing positive for COVID-19, Rohit Sharma was forced to miss the rescheduled fifth Test that India played against England. However, he has since made a full recovery, and as a result, he will lead India in the first T20I of the three-match series, which will take place on Thursday in Southampton.
Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Jasprit Bumrah would not be available for the first game, but the senior pros would be back starting with the second game and continuing onwards from there.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Sharma spoke on several topics, including preparing the squad, the fifth Test, which India lost by seven wickets, and "interesting potential" Umran Malik. Sharma then addressed the audience.
According to NDTV Sports, Sharma said he was doing well after COVID-19, and it's been eight or nine days since he tested positive for COVID.
He also said that every player who tested positive for COVID-19 had a different reaction and didn't know what would happen next. He said, though, that he feels fine right now.
Sharma said he had just started training three days ago, so he chose to play in the first T20I. He has no symptoms, and all of his tests came back negative. He said that he was now looking forward to the game.
"It was very hard to watch from the sidelines, it is never easy when you miss games, especially an important game like that where the series was on the line for us. But speaking of symptoms, I was struggling a little bit for a couple of days but I am happy that I am standing back on my feet nice and healthy as I look forward to this T20I series. It is always nice to get back playing and I am excited to be on the field and getting along with the boys," he said.