Sports Desk, Amar Ujala, London
Published by: swapnil shashank
Updated Wed, 29 Jun 2022 08:13 PM IST
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Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the first Test against England to be played at Edgbaston from July 1. Rohit’s corona report has come back positive and he is still in isolation. In such a situation, difficulties have arisen in front of Team India regarding the opening. The BCCI has definitely sent Mayank Agarwal to Birmingham, but he does not have a single match practice. In such a situation, the team management is preparing to play someone from the current squad as a partner of Shubman Gill. A BCCI source has told news agency PTI that Mayank has recently arrived in England and is out of plans to be included in the Playing-11.
The source said that in the absence of Rohit, either Cheteshwar Pujara or Hanuma Vihari can be sent to the field as an opener. Among them, Pujara’s claim is the strongest. He can open with Shubman. At the same time, Vihari is also included in this plan. Vihari has also played the role of opening in Australia earlier (2018), but Pujara is at the forefront of the race. Vihari will get batting in the middle order if Pujara plays as an opener. At the same time, Pujara will bat in the middle order when Vihari opens. Apart from this, the play of Shubman, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant is believed to be fixed in the team. The team management is currently considering whether to give a chance to the fast bowling all-rounder in the form of lower order Shardul Thakur or give a chance to spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Apart from this, Ravindra Jadeja is also set to play. At the same time, in the absence of Rohit, the responsibility of captaincy will be handled by fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah. Mohammad Siraj and Mohammed Shami will be seen playing with him. For the Indian team, this test is very important in terms of the World Test Championship. The Indian team is currently leading 2-1 in the Test series against England. Last year, the last match of the five-match Test series was postponed and rescheduled after several cases of corona were reported in the Indian team. This is the fifth test match that will be played now.
Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the first Test against England to be played at Edgbaston from July 1. Rohit’s corona report has come back positive and he is still in isolation. In such a situation, difficulties have arisen in front of Team India regarding the opening.