Rohit Sharma’s untimely Covid-19 infection has put the Indian cricket team in trouble. The uncertainty over Rohit’s participation for the series-deciding Edgbaston Test, starting July 1, has affected the team in more ways than one as the star batsman’s unavailability has forced the team management to find a new opener in Shubman Gill’s partner. and more importantly, decide on a captain.
With designated vice-captain KL Rahul not being a part of the team, the BCCI did not allot the position to the player. Currently, if Rohit fails to recover in time for the crucial Test, Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah can lead the way as the two contenders. Pant led Delhi Capitals in two seasons and most recently captained India for T20Is against South Africa, while Bumrah was made vice-captain for the ODIs in South Africa earlier this year .
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However, there is one name that is secretly being discussed as a possible candidate to lead the team, that of former captain Virat Kohli. This is unlikely as Kohli voluntarily relinquished India’s Test captaincy after the completion of the South Africa series, but then again, given the importance of the match, one might come as a surprise. After all, it was under Kohli’s leadership that India played spirited cricket and took a 2-1 lead in the series with victories at Lord’s and The Oval. Among those who want Kohli to be the captain is England all-rounder Moeen Ali, as he feels it would be appropriate to see Kohli – who started it last year – play the role in Rohit’s absence.
Moeen said, “It’s tough. I was thinking about it last night. Because Virat was the captain before this series last year, I’ll probably give him this one game. But obviously it’s his call.” ” Sports Today.
The England all-rounder, who did not retire from Test cricket recently, said that it is also possible that Kohli may turn down the offer. He feels that Kohli’s mind can be at peace knowing that he is only concentrating on his batting and is no longer diverting his attention to the daunting job of captaining India again. Having said that, if it was up to Moeen, Kohli would be his man for the job.
“He probably wouldn’t want to do that. He’s happy, his mind is calm and saying ‘I’m never going to captain Test cricket again’. So that might be difficult too but yeah, I think it’s A good idea. He has got the experience and it is a big series for India.”