India will take on England in the rescheduled 5th Test in Birmingham to kickstart a full-fledged series against England. The series is a continuation of the series that was left incomplete in 2021. The series is a part of the ongoing WTC and the visitors are leading the series 2-1 heading into Edgbaston.
In a big blow to India, Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the Test match after he has failed to recover from covid on time. Jasprit Bumrah has been named India’s captain for the Test match and Rishabh Pant his deputy. Mayank Agarwal was added to the side in the knick of time and he will open the batting with Shubman Gill.
Rohit being ruled out has certainly put India on the backfoot. Mayank Agarwal did not play the practice match and has not been in the best of form since the IPL. All hopes now rest on Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara‘s shoulders given that they are the most experienced players in the side now.
The Indian team came way ahead of time for their preparations for the Tets match. They played a warmup game against Leicestershire. Things changed, however, once Rohit Sharma was tested covid positive last Saturday. Since then he was isolated and kept constant under medical observation. However, he did not recover on time for the Test match. Thankfully all the other players are fit and raring to go for the Test match.
In this article, we take a look at India’s possible playing XI for the 5th Test against England with Rohit Sharma ruled out. Previously KL Rahul was also ruled out with a groin injury.
IND vs ENG: India’s Predicted Playing XI Against England, 5th Test
Agarwal was roped in as Rohit Sharma’s cover. As it turned out, he finds himself eventually playing the Test match and opening the batting alongside Shubman Gill. Agarwal has been struggling for form since the IPL.