Indian skipper Rohit Sharma hit the nets a day after testing negative for Covid-19 and came out of the isolation period to prepare for India’s limited-overs series against England this week.
On Sunday, it was reported that the Indian captain was out of isolation and is available for the three T20 Internationals and as many ODIs against England. Rohit, who was set to lead India in the one-off Test match, was ruled out due to multiple tests suggesting the 35-year-old contracted the dreadful virus and subsequently went under an isolation period.
Ace Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah replaced Rohit as captain of the side for the rescheduled fifth Test against England in Birmingham. Bumrah became the second fast bowler to lead India 35 years later since Kapil Dev captained the national side for the last time in March 1987.
“Yes, Rohit has tested negative and as per medical protocols is now out of quarantine. However, he is not playing today’s T20 warm-up game against Northamptonshire as he will need some recovery time and training ahead of the first T20I,” a senior BCCI official told news agency PTI.
Watch: Rohit Sharma hits nets after testing negative for Covid-19
The Indian skipper was joined by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and pace bowler Umesh Yadav in the net session. Both Ashwin and Umesh are part of India’s Test squad for the fifth and final Test but have been excluded from the playing XI.
Captain Rohit Sharma latest video from today's practice session 😊. pic.twitter.com/A2qCX89ii0
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Rohit Sharma to lead India in T20Is and ODIs against England
Rohit played India’s four-day warm-up fixture against Leicestershire ahead of the fifth Test. He scored 25 in the first innings before getting tested positive for Covid and consequently was ruled out in the middle of the game.
Rohit is named captain of India’s T20I and ODI squad for the upcoming white-ball tour against England. Some of the Test players like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant will miss the first T20 International on July 7 as it starts two days after the conclusion of the one-off Test.