Jasprit Bumrah named India captain after Rohit Sharma ruled out of 5th Test vs England, Pant named vice-captain

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India tour of England: Jasprit Bumrah will lead India’s Test team in the rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston after regular skipper Rohit Sharma was ruled out.

Jasprit Bumrah named India captain for 5th Test against England, Rishabh Pant named vice-captain (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jasprit Bumrah was named India captain for fifth Test against England
  • Rohit Sharma was ruled out of fifth Test after testing Covid positive
  • Bumrah is the first pacer to lead India Test side after Kapil Dev

Jasprit Bumrah has been appointed India’s captain for the rescheduled fifth Test against England in the absence of full-time skipper Rohit Sharma, the All-India Senior Selection Committee announced on Friday. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant has been appointed the vice-captain for the fifth Test.

Rohit, who tested positive for Covid during the warm-up fixture game against Leicestershire, has failed to recover, the BCCI said. Notably, Rohit led India in the 4-day practice match against Leicestershire last week. The Indian captain batted in the first innings and scored 25 runs, but he did not take the field during the 2nd innings, raising quite a few eyebrows.

Head coach Rahul Dravid has played with six captains since taking over, starting with Shikhar Dhawan in Sri Lanka, and then Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant. Hardik Pandya captained the Indian team in the Ireland T20I tour, and now Jasprit Bumrah will fill the mantle for Rohit.

Bumrah is the first pacer since 1987 when Kapil Dev led India in Tests. Earlier this year, the fast bowler was appointed the vice-captain of the team for the limited-overs series against South Africa, and this time, he will have to don the captain’s hat as both Rohit and KL Rahul, who were originally named the vice-captain but were ruled out due to an injury, are unavailable for the fixture.

Bumrah has featured in 29 Test matches up to now in his career after making his debut against South Africa in 2018 and has picked up 123 wickets. He was India’s best bowler last year during England’s tour, when he claimed 18 wickets in four matches. India will be up against Ben Stokes’ England for the first time. England are coming into the Test after a tremendous whitewash win against New Zealand.



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