India captain Rohit Sharma tests positive for covid ahead of Edgbaston Test
- Rohit Sharma recently played against Leicestershire
- He is currently in isolation in the team hotel
- The rescheduled Test is set to begin on July 1
The Test is scheduled to begin on July 1. India currently lead 2-1 in the five-match Test series.
"Team India captain Mr. Rohit Sharma has tested positive for COVID-19 following a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on Saturday. He is currently in isolation at the team hotel and is under the care of the BCCI Medical Team. An RT-PCR test will be conducted on Sunday to ascertain his CT value," BCCI wrote in an official release.
Rohit was a part of India's ongoing practice match against Leicestershire at Grace Round Stadium. However, he did not bat on Day 3 of India's second innings. He did bat in the first innings, and made 25 before being dismissed by young pacer Roman Walker, who went on to claim a five-wicket haul that included the big dismissal of Virat Kohli.
Previously, Ravichandra Ashwin's arrival on tour was delayed after he tested positive before leaving India.
Rohit now faces a race against time to make it for the Edgbaston Test. Team India is already without its other regular opener KL Rahul, who is out of action due to a groin injury.
Last year, Rohit was India's best batter across the four Tests in England before the fifth game was postponed due to a covid outbreak in the Indian camp. Rohit scored 368 runs at an average of 52.27, including a century at The Oval. A victory or a draw in the upcoming Edgbaston Test will hand India their first Test series triumph on the English soil since 2007.
Meanwhile, New Zealand, who are in England right now playing a Test series, have had to deal with a number of Covid-19 cases. On the other hand, England batting coach Marcus Trescothick has been absent from the Headingley match after testing positive.