IND vs ENG: Only the team led by Hardik Pandya will play the first T20 against England, Rohit is currently in quarantine


New Delhi. Jasprit Bumrah will become the first fast bowler to captain the Indian Test team in the last 35 years, as regular captain Rohit Sharma will miss the fifth Test against England after being found corona positive again. The last time the Indian Test team captain was captain was Kapil Dev, who was removed from the captaincy in 1987. Since then no fast bowler has taken charge of the Indian Test team. The only Test between India and England is to be played from 1 July (IND vs ENG) in Birmingham. Team India is ahead 2-1 in the series. Last year the series could not be completed due to Corona. On the other hand, the young team led by Hardik Pandya will play the first match of the T20 series.

A senior BCCI official told PTI, ‘Rohit Sharma will not be able to play the first Test starting from July 1, as his RT PCR test has come back positive again. He is still in quarantine. Jasprit Bumrah, one of the vice-captains, will be the captain in the absence of KL Rahul. India played the first Test in 1932 and Bumrah, who has led the team since then, will be the 36th cricketer to captain India. The fast bowler from Gujarat has taken 123 wickets in 29 Tests and is counted among the best fast bowlers in the world.

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Selection committee chief Chetan Sharma has already said that he is being groomed as the captain of the future. Fast bowlers are generally not given the captaincy in India, whereas in Pakistan, fast bowlers like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis have been captains. Courtney Walsh took over the captaincy in the West Indies while Australia’s Test captain Pat Cummins is also a fast bowler. With Rohit not being in the playing XI, Cheteshwar Pujara can open the innings with Shubman Gill.

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The source said that Mayank Agarwal has been called as a bus cover and he will not be in the playing XI. It is also to be seen whether the fourth fast bowler is fielded in the form of Shardul Thakur or R Ashwin plays as the second spinner with Ravindra Jadeja. The Test will end on July 5 and the first T20 match is on July 7. Therefore, the team playing the T20 match against Ireland will play the first T20. After this, all the big players will return from the second T20.

Tags: BCCI, Hardik Pandya, India Vs England, Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma, Team India


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