In a massive setback for Team India, opener and skipper Rohit Sharma has tested positive for Covid-19 in Leicester, England.
On early Sunday morning, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that Rohit had tested positive via a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on Saturday and he is currently in isolation at the team hotel ahead of the one-off rescheduled Test against hosts England, scheduled to begin on July 1.
Notably, Rohit was featuring in India’s warm-up match against Leicestershire XI at Uptonsteel County Ground and the 35-year-old scored 25 runs in the opening innings of the match on Thursday. He however, did not feature during India’s second innings on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the BCCI also said that the India skipper will undergo further tests on Sunday to determine the extent of his ailment.
In an update on Sunday morning, BCCI tweeted, “#TeamIndia Captain Mr Rohit Sharma has tested positive for COVID-19 following a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on Saturday. He is currently in isolation at the team hotel and is under the care of the BCCI Medical Team.”
The match in Edgbaston is the fifth and final Test of the series which commenced last year however, it was forced to be postponed following a Covid outbreak in the India camp.
Notably in 2021, the Indian team had declined to play the fifth and final Test of the series follwoing a Covid-19 scare in their dressing room. The then head coach Ravi Shastri and team physiotherapist too had got infected and as a result, the touring party didn’t wanted to play the game.
Later, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah had said that it was a joint decision with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to cancel the fifth Test.
India currently lead the five-match series 2-1.