Rohit Sharma-Virat Kohli
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Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg has said that Virat Kohli should be given the captaincy for the rescheduled Test match against England if India captain Rohit Sharma fails to recover in time.

The 5th and last Test match of the series between India and England, which was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 scare in the Indian camp, will be played at the Edgbaston, Birmingham from Friday, July 1. Also, India have a 2-1 lead in the Test series.

Jasprit Bumrah Rohit Sharma
Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Twitter)

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Meanwhile, India captain Rohit Sharma was tested positive for Covid-19 during the warm-up game between India and Leicestershire and he is doubtful for the rescheduled Test against England.

According to reports, premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah will be given the captaincy responsibility for the Test match if all-format skipper Rohit fails to recover in time.

Virat Kohli started this series as captain, he should finish the series off as captain – Brad Hogg

Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma
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In a video shared on his YouTube channel, former Australia spinner Hogg said that Kohli should take over the captaincy for one last time and finish things off in style.

“One Test to go in this series and it’s taken a year to complete but India are on the back foot going in to this Test match. England are on a roll, they have just smashed New Zealand and now India have got their headaches. Rahul the vice-captain is injured. Rohit is on the bed sick with Covid. Will he get up for this Test match? If he doesn’t who is going to captain?” said former Australia cricketer.

“There’s been talk about Bumrah. But for me, it’s got to be Kohli. He started this series as captain, he should finish the series off as captain. Don’t give it to someone else. It is 2-1 to India at the moment. So, give Virat Kohli the rights to be able to defend this title and defend the series by leading his team to victory in this final Test match,” added the former left-arm wrist spinner.

Brad Hogg. Photo- Youtube
Brad Hogg. Photo- Youtube

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