Jasprit Bumrah is likely to lead the Indian cricket team in the fifth and final Test against England at Edgbaston, starting July 1. He is expected to replace Indian Captain Rohit Sharma, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.
Rohit is currently under isolation at the team hotel. Bumrah could become the first pacer since Kapil Dev to captain India in Test cricket.
India’s leading pacemaker Jasprit Bumrah will reportedly lead the Indian team for the fifth test against England. The situation came after regular skipper Rohit Sharma tested positive for COVID-19 on June 25. With the five-day isolation for Covid patients in the UK, it seems unlikely that Sharma will play the game from July 1. Former India captain Virat Kohli is not likely to lead the team again.
With KL Rahul ruled out due to a groin injury and Rishabh Pant not looking convincing against South Africa, Jasprit Bumrah could lead the team in the must-win game. This will be the first time since 1987 that a pacemaker has led the Indian team in testing. In that year, the legendary off-roader Kapil Dev led the team.
Meanwhile, earlier this year, when the right-arm pacemaker was promoted to vice-captain, he had said that leading the team would be an honor. He also joked that no player will say no to such an opportunity. The five-time Indian T20 League winner added that he does not pursue anything in life and believes that God has a plan.
Bumrah had shown interest to lead the side– He Said:
“If given an opportunity, it would be an honour. I don’t think any player would say no. There’s no bigger feeling than that,” he had said back then.
“I don’t like to chase things because I don’t want to… See I am a person who believes that God has a plan and everything will find out its own way, so I don’t like to hamper the plan that is there. I try to never change anything,” he said.
“Basically, you try to help all the people in whatever capacity you can. Even in Mumbai Indians, you have got a lot of senior players but now I am one of the senior players as well so you help the captain, you help everyone, you play the leadership role even when you are not asked to,” he added.