Team India head coach Rahul Dravid on Wednesday gave a major update on the health of Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, who had earlier tested positive for COVID-19. Speaking to the media in the virtual press conference, Dravid talked about whether Rohit Sharma will be available for the game or not. It is important to note that Rohit had tested positive for COVID-19 during the practice match against Leicestershire.
“So the update on Rohit is that our medical team is monitoring him, he hasn’t been ruled out yet. Obviously, he needs to test negative to be available. We’ll keep monitoring him, we still have It’s almost 36 hours left so he will be tested later tonight and maybe tomorrow morning as well. We’ll see, it’s really up to the medical team and the sports science team to decide on that. We’ll keep an eye on it.”
India had drawn against Leicestershire in their warm-up match while England beat New Zealand 3–0 in the three-match Test series.
There are reports that Jasprit Bumrah will lead India in the Test match if Rohit does not recover on time. To this Dravid said that it is better that the communication comes from an official source.
“As for the answer to your next question (Will Bumrah be the captain), I think communication from official sources could be better officially. I’m not sure if Chetan (Sharma) is there, but you know, once our Near Dravid said, “There is a lot of clarity about Rohit so I think you will hear from official sources. It is not for me to give official communication.”
Asked if Rohit Sharma’s condition hampered the team’s preparations for the Test, Dravid said: “Look, this is it. When I took this job, I would not have predicted that there would be so many captains.” Last 6-7 months. It’s true, people have had some unfortunate injuries. Here too, it’s quite unfortunate what has happened to Rahul and Rohit in the last three weeks. Sometimes we have to handle the workload. It has to be balanced. We just have to react to that.”
“It’s not like you start thinking that’s what I want to do, but if the situation arises, you react to it. The number of captains we have, we’ve played some good cricket in the last 6- 8 months. Yes, obviously the South Africa Test series was the one where I definitely would have liked to win that series after a 1-0 lead. Even in that, we weren’t out. We were very close in those games. Some of these our players were also not available for that test series. We are keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that we don’t have to deal with these situations. We have to react, we have to do our communication with people. We are clear about what happens. If anything happens, we have our plans and contingency plans in place,” he said.
India Test Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna
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