Indian chief coach Rahul Dravid has cleared the air on Rohit Sharma declaring that the skipper is not yet completely ruled out of the Test match against England.
Talking at the media dealings on Wednesday evening, Dravid declared that the right-handed batter is being observed by the medical group. Rohit had tested Covid-19 positive on Saturday after a Rapid Antigen Test.
“So the update on Rohit is that our medical crew is looking after him, he has not been ruled out yet. He must get the negative test to be available. We will keep watching him, we have yet to get close to 36 hours to go so he will have a test after tonight and one perhaps morning as well. We will see, it is actually up to the medical crew and sports science crew to resolve that. We will keep monitoring,” Dravid defined.
Jasprit Bumrah will captain the side in the absence of Rohit Sharma
Earlier there was news that Jasprit Bumrah will captain the side in lack of Rohit Sharma. Rohit missed the second innings of the trial match against Leicestershire once he had Covid 19 positive. If Bumrah captains, he will be the first fast bowler after Kapil Dev to guide the Indian Test team.
“To answer your next question (Will Bumrah be the captain), I think it is possible that the broadcast comes officially from the official authorities. I am not sure whether Chetan (Sharma) is but you understand, once we have clear clarity on Rohit then I think you will hear from authorized sources. It is not for me to share out official communication,” Dravid clarified on Bumrah.
Dravid had before mocked playing with numerous captains
Dravid had earlier mocked playing with numerous captains since he took over the coveted position of Indian head coach. India has had a merry-go-round of captains with Virat Kohli stepping down in January 2022 and others obtaining wounded. Rahul Dravid has played with 6 captains so far in his eight-month tour.
When asked if the trials have been disturbed due to Rohit’s lack Dravid said, “Look, it is what it is. When I accepted this position, even I would not have expected that there would be so numerous captains in the last 6 to 7 months. It occurs right, there have been some painful wounds to people. Even here, it is quite unfortunate what has occurred to Rahul and Rohit in the last 3 weeks. Occasionally we have had to balance out the workloads. We just have to respond to that.”
Dravid lavished credit on the team and said that despite altering captains, the team has served well
“It’s not something that makes you start thinking that this is what I love to do, but if the situation does happen, you respond. Despite the number of captains we have had, we have played some pleasing cricket in the last six-eight months. Yes, the South Africa Test series was the one where I would have wanted to win that series after going 1-0 up. Even in that, we were not outwitted. We were close in those matches. Some of our players were also not available for that series. We are holding our fingers crossed and hoping that we do not have to negotiate with these conditions. We have to respond, we are clear about our contact with people. If something occurs, we have our goals and contingency plan.”