File image of Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Sharma together.© BCCI

Jasprit Bumrah is all set to become the first paceman to lead India in Test cricket since Kapil Dev. Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of Edgbaston Test against England after testing positive for COVID-19 for a second time and Bumrah will lead India in the series decider on Rohit’s absence, news agency PTI reported.

Rohit had initially tested positive for COVID-19 during India’s tour game against Leicestershire. He had scored 25 runs in the first innings of the match but didn’t come out to bat in the second innings after testing positive.

The Indian team practiced at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Wednesday and reports suggest that Rohit did not come out for practice.

India leads the Test series against England 2-1. Rohit had earlier captained India to a 2-0 home Test series win over Sri Lanka this year. If he recovers in time for the match in Edgbaston, then it would be his first Test match as captain of the Indian team away from home.

Virat Kohli-led India had taken a 2-1 lead against England last year but the fifth and final test had to be cancelled due to a Covid outbreak in the Indian camp. The BCCI and ECB decided to rearrange the remaining Test match this year.


India will also play three T20Is and three ODIs on the tour apart from the Test match.

(With PTI inputs)

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