India’s captain Rohit Sharma tested positive for Covid-19, will miss the Edgbaston test

The India men’s national cricket team has been on the run for the test. Unfortunately, the captain, Rohit Sharma has tested positive for Covid on Saturday.

The news is told that the 35-years-old cricketer will not available before the one-off Test against England.

However, the test will still be on the go and will be aired for the TV audiences in India and England respectively.

Under Covid concern

Per Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Rohit was tested positive for Covid-19 after the Rapid Antigen Test. The board said that Sharma has been placed under isolation with the medical team.

"Team India captain Mr Rohit Sharma has tested positive for COVID-19 following a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on Saturday," BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said in a media release.

BCCI said that the Men in Blue squad is in doubt over the captain's condition during the warm-up match against Leicestershire, where Sharma made 25 in the first innings.

Earlier, Ravichandran Ashwin had also tested positive before take off from India which delayed his arrival on the squad.

For the recap, India are playing a four-day exhibition against Leicestershire and Rohit had batted on the first day game, but he's out on the second day and didn’t show up afterwards.

England under Covid concern

An England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) released the statement about the player who tested for Covid-19.

"Ben Foakes was unable to keep wicket on day three of the Third LV= Insurance Test at Headingley suffering from back stiffness. On a further medical assessment yesterday evening, he subsequently tested positive after administering an LFT COVID-19 test." the board said.

The board also predicted Foakes will have recovered to face India in the Edgbaston Test starting on Friday.

By far, Foakes is the second member of the England tested Covid in the past week along with batting coach Marcus Trescothick who also tested.

The board said, the England national team are also under the Covid-19 concern and it will be doubtful to be on full team for the test.

India final test versus England

India currently lead the Test series 2-1. The fifth Test match, which was supposed to be held at Old Trafford in Manchester last year in September, was canceled due to Covid-19, India withdrew from the test.

Rohit is set to lead the team against England in the postponed fifth test match starting July 1.

Following the final test, Ben Stokes and other England cricketers tied the first test before India led 1-0 on second in the series. But, England lastly win the third Test by an innings and 76 runs against the Men in Blue.

Afterwards, the fourth test was India's win as the team took 2-1 lead in the final game, which starts on Friday.

The Men in Blue will face the fifth and final test versus England for thirty-minutes-mark at Edgbaston.

However, Sharma expected to open the innings alongside Shubman Gill in the Test, unfortunately, his participation would depend on the result of his RT-PCR test and recovery under the isolation.

Gian Chacko

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