Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Credits: Twitter)

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.”

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Credits: Twitter)

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.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Credits: Twitter)

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: