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India vs England: Jasprit Bumrah named captain after Rohit Sharma tests for Covid for the second time

Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the fifth Test against England at Edgbaston after testing positive for COVID-19 for the second time and Jasprit Bumrah has been named the team’s captain, news agency PTI reported on Wednesday.

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For the first time in three-and-a-half decades, a fast bowler will lead India in a Test match. Bumrah is set to follow in Kapil Dev’s footsteps and for the first time since 1987, India will have a fast bowling captain.

Earlier this year, Bumrah was promoted as the vice-captain of the Indian team for the three-match ODI series in South Africa.

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With Rohit Sharma likely to be ruled out of the only Test match against England, due to Covid, a spot has opened up at the top of India’s Test-match batting order.

India may have to go with stand-in opener Hanuma Vihari, who has done it before or Sreekar could be an outside opportunity for India.

Hanuma Vihari opened at the MCG first, and while he scored only 8 and 13, he spent 80 minutes at the crease in the first innings, and nearly an hour in the second, helping to see the new ball and earn praise. The then Indian captain Virat Kohli.

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But form wise it could be KS Bharat, who impressed with the bat in both outings in the warm-up match against Leicestershire. Batting at number seven in the first innings, the 28-year-old remained unbeaten on 70 while he scored 43 runs in the second innings. Bharat opened for India in the absence of Rohit Sharma and shared a 62-run partnership for the first wicket with Shubman Gill.

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