Team India head coach Rahul Dravid gave a major update on Wednesday about the health of Indian captain Rohit Sharma, who had previously tested positive for COVID-19. During a virtual press conference with the media, Dravid spoke about whether Rohit Sharma would be available for the game or not. It is important to note that Rohit had tested positive for COVID-19 during the warm-up against Leicestershire.
“So the update on Rohit is that he is being monitored by our medical team, he is not yet ruled out. Obviously he needs to get the negative test to be available. We will continue to monitor him, we are still close to Nog 36 hours to go, so he has a test later tonight and maybe tomorrow morning too. We’ll see, it’s really up to the medical team and the sports science team to decide that. We’ll continue to monitor it.”
India had drawn in their warm-up match against Leicestershire, while England defeated New Zealand 3-0 in the three-game Test series.
There are reports circulating that Jasprit Bumrah will lead India in the Test match if Rohit fails to recover in time. On this, Dravid said it is better that the communication comes from the official source.
“As for the answer to your next question (whether Bumrah would be captain), I think it’s probably better that the communication comes officially from the official sources. I’m not sure if Chetan (Sharma) is, but you know, once we get exact clarity on Rohit, then I think you’ll hear from official sources. It’s not up to me to give official communication,” Dravid said.
Asked if the situation regarding Rohit Sharma has disrupted the team’s preparations for the test, Dravid said: “Look, it is what it is. When I took this job, even I could not have predicted that there would be so many captains in it. for the past 6-7 months. It’s happening well, there have been some unfortunate injuries to people. Even here, it’s quite unfortunate what happened to Rahul and Rohit for the past three weeks. Sometimes we’ve had to balance the workloads. We need to get there just respond.”
“It’s not something that you start to think this is what I want to do, but when the situation arises, you react to it. Despite the number of captains we’ve had, we’ve played good cricket for the past six years.” 8 months. Yes, of course the South Africa Test series was the one where I definitely would have loved to win that series after going up 1-0. We were not even outplayed in that. We were very close in those games. Some of our players were also not available for that test series. We keep our fingers crossed and hope we don’t have to deal with these situations. We have to respond, we are clear in our communication with people. If something happens, we have our plans and the emergency plan,” he added.
India Test Team: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (World Cup), KS Bharat (World Cup), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami, Jasprit Bumrah , Mohd Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna
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