Several fans have called for former India skipper Virat Kohli to be made the stand-in captain in the upcoming rescheduled Test against England.
Team India’s preparations for the forthcoming Test against England have been rocked by their skipper Rohit Sharma’s Covid-19 diagnosis. The batting star was tested positive after he took a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). The BCCI confirmed the development on Sunday morning.
According to a BCCI statement, “Rohit has tested positive in the Rapid Antigen Test in Leicester, England. His test was conducted on Saturday, June 25. He’s been placed under isolation with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) medical team supervising his health.”
Virat Kohli to replace Rohit Sharma as captain?
Rohit Sharma is likely to recover in time for the upcoming Test against England. The much-anticipated game is scheduled to start on July 1 in Birmingham. There are, however, slim chances that he might not recover in time for the game.
In such a scenario, Team India will not only have to find a new stand-in opener but will also have to appoint a new captain. KL Rahul was named as the vice-captain when the squad was announced in May. However, Rahul is also out of action due to groin injury.
As of now, there is little clarity over who would lead the team if Rohit fails to play the upcoming Test. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin and Rishabh Pant might be in contention to don the captain’s hat in Rohit’s absence.
Several fans, however, want Virat Kohli to lead the team for one last time in case Rohit fails to recover. Kohli stepped down as Test captain earlier this year after the series loss in South Africa. He was the captain when India visited England last year for the five-match Test series.
The series had to be postponed after the fourth Test due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp. The fifth Test is now set to be played next month. Kohli led the team brilliantly and has put India on the verge of winning their first Test series in England since 2007.
India are leading the series 2-1 and a draw in the upcoming game would be enough for them to seal the series. The BCCI is yet to name a vice-captain for the upcoming game but the fans want Kohli to don the skipper’s hat for one last time.
Here are some of the reactions from the fans:
If Rohit Sharma misses the Edgbaston Test due to Covid-19, there's no KL Rahul to take over that role.
Even for one game, Virat Kohli should return as skipper to lead the team. He had led India in the first 4 Tests anyway.#INDvsENG
— Sahil Bakshi (@SBakshi13) June 26, 2022
As Rohit Sharma looks unfit for the 5th test, me eagerly wants Virat Kohli to lead team India for the last and final time against England. It was his tour,his series and his team who created history at lords and oval ! Want them to finish the pending by another great win. 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/SYNcGeuKr1
— Akshat (@AkshatOM10) June 26, 2022
Just Spoke To Someone Very Close To Virat Kohli,
Virat Has Always Put His Country Forward, If BCCI Decides To Give Him Captaincy For Birmingham Test, He Is Ready For It.
Virat Kohli To Lead India ??????
— Vaibhav Bhola 🇮🇳 (@VibhuBhola) June 26, 2022
First off all I want Rohit to get recover in time and lead team India but if he fails to recover then BCCI should appoint Virat Kohli as captain for this one off test.
He is experienced and he will be the right choice.
— Cricket 🏏 Lover // Bumrah is GOAT (@CricCrazyV) June 26, 2022
If Rohit Sharma is not available, then Virat Kohli should lead the side for the 5th Test against England
No better player than him to captain the Indian team
— Vikas Kohli (@imvikaskohli) June 26, 2022
I think Virat Kohli more than anyone deserves to lead the Indian team in the fifth test against England. He is the reason the team is leading 2-1, so it will be fitting tribute for the Greatest Indian Test Captain. #ENGvIND
— Varun Singh Shaktawat (@varunsa00) June 26, 2022