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India Tour of England: Rohit Sharma tests Covid POSITIVE: Follow LIVE Updates


India Tour of England – Rohit Sharma Covid Positive: Rohit Sharma has tested positive for Covid-19 as per the result of a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on Saturday (June 25). A BCCI release stated that the Indian captain has been placed under isolation and an RT-PCR test has been scheduled for Sunday to confirm and ascertain the severity of the infection.

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Rohit was involved in India’s ongoing tour game against Leicestershire but didn’t bat on Day 3 of India’s second innings. He opened the batting in the first dig and made 25 before being dismissed by Roman Walker.

He now faces a race against time in order to make the rescheduled Test against England at Edgbaston that starts on July 1. India are already without their other regular opener KL Rahul, who is down with a groin injury.

Rohit was India’s best batsman over four Tests last year before the final Test had to be rescheduled due to Covid-19 concerns in the Indian camp. He aggregated 368 runs at an average of 52.27 including a hundred at The Oval. India lead the series 2-1 and need to avoid defeat in the final Test to clinch their first Test series win in England since 2007.

Despite going through a lean patch and with no red-ball cricket in over three months, Indian captain Rohit Sharma decided not to bat on Saturday. Instead, Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja batted twice in an innings and even Mohammed Siraj got batting practice. With a string of injuries already seeing him missing out, it raises one big question, is all okay with Rohit Sharma?

Top-scorer for India in England last year, Rohit Sharma’s stats have taken a nose dive after taking over Indian captaincy. He spent the entire IPL season without scoring a half-century and struggled with niggles and injuries.

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In the first innings against Leicestershire, Rohit did start well but once again fell to his pull-shot nemesis off Roman Walker for 25. While he was seen on the field on Day 2, he was completely missing from action on Day 3. The only chance he will have for some batting practice if he opens for Leicestershire on Sunday.

India Tour of England: Why Rohit Sharma’s absence is concerning?

  • Rohit Sharma has struggled with a string of injuries of late.
  • He missed the entire South Africa tour with injury.
  • Before that, he missed the ODI and T20I series on the Australia tour.
  • He was rested for South Africa series at home.
  • In IPL 2022, he scored 268 runs at an average of 19.14.
  • Since taking over all format captaincy, Rohit Sharma has averaged 30.55 in 9 T20Is, 26.00 in 3 ODIs and 30.00 in two Tests against Sri Lanka.
  • With T20 World Cup coming up and India play a bilateral marathon, a fit Rohit Sharma is crucial for Team India, especially when KL Rahul also has had multiple injury concerns.

India Tour of England: Is all OKAY with captain Rohit Sharma? Jadeja, Pujara & Iyer get extra batting practice, out of form Rohit skips Day 3 of Warm-UP: Check Details

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As for the Leicestershire warm-up match, India will be missing practice against quality England pace bowlers. In three days so far, Indians have faced 133 overs of bowling from Indian bowlers. As for local bowling, India faced just 76 overs of local bowling attack. But amongst them, Roman Walker was the most successful one as he bagged a fifer in the first innings.

India Tour of England: Is all OKAY with captain Rohit Sharma? Jadeja, Pujara & Iyer get extra batting practice, out of form Rohit skips Day 3 of Warm-UP: Check Details

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India Tour of England: Batting concerns remain

  • Designated openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill both struggled.
  • Shreyas Iyer although played two attacking knocks of 30 and 32 in his second and third innings, he struggled in the first.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara, despite his rich exploits in County, looked out of sorts, scoring a duck and 22 in two innings.
  • Hanuma Vihari managed 3 & 20 in two innings.
  • However, Virat Kohli, KS Bharat and Rishabh Pant hitting form would be a blessing.
  • Kohli scored an attacking 67 in the second innings while KS Bharat scored 70 and 43 in two innings.
  • Rishabh Pant slammed 76 in the first innings and can add more on the final day.

India vs Leicestershire LIVE: HUGE RELIEF for Team India, Virat Kohli RETURNS to FORM with gritty FIFTY in Warm-Up match: Watch Highlights

India’s Test squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna

India Tour of England: Is all OKAY with captain Rohit Sharma? Jadeja, Pujara & Iyer get extra batting practice, out of form Rohit skips Day 3 of Warm-UP: Check Details

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