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Rohit Sharma to lead Team India in white-ball series against England

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) All-India Senior Selection Committee  has announced the squads for the three-match T20I and ODI series against England, set to be played after the rescheduled fifth Test, with Rohit Sharma returning to lead both white-ball sides.

Rohit, who has been ruled out of the Edgbaston Test, starting on Friday, after testing Covid-19 positive, is expected to recover and be fit for the white ball series, beginning on July 7 in Southampton.

Keeping in mind the short time gap between the last day of the fifth Test and the start of the T20I series, the All-India Senior Selection Committee has picked two different squads for the three 20-over matches.

The squad for the first T20I have all players, who took part in the recently concluded two-match series against Ireland, with Rohit being just one addition. After getting rested for the series opener, the second and third T20I will see the return of members of the Test squad — Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Venkatesh Iyer and Arshdeep then make way for them in the second and third T20Is. However, Deepak Hooda, who hit a hundred against Ireland, has been named in both the T20I squads. Apart from Hooda, pace sensation Umran Malik also retained his place in both T20 squads.

Meanwhile, Arshdeep Singh, who was impressive during IPL 2022, has received a maiden call-up to the ODI squad. On the other hand, Hardik Pandya, who last played an ODI in July 2021, expectedly returns to the 50-over squad. Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravindra Jadeja, who were rested from the home ODI series against West Indies, return, as does Axar Patel.

Despite K.L Rahul missing ODIs due to injury, there’s no place for Ruturaj Gaikwad as Shikhar Dhawan retained his spot at the top order. Injured Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Shahrukh Khan and Washington Sundar all miss out after being part of the last series.

India’s squad for 1st T20I:

Rohit Sharma (Captain), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik

India’s squad for 2nd and 3rd T20I:

Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik

India’s squad for 3 ODIs:

Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami, Mohd Siraj, Arshdeep Singh

Bumrah to lead Team India in Edgbaston Test, confirms BCCI

Right-arm India pacer Jasprit Bumrah was on Thursday named as the captain of the Indian team by the senior selection committee for the rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston, starting from Friday, said an official release by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The release also said that wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant will serve as Bumrah’s deputy for the much-anticipated Test match.

Bumrah becoming India’s captain for the Edgbaston Test comes after regular skipper Rohit Sharma tested positive for Covid-19 on the second day of the warm-up match against Leicestershire last week. He had scored 25 runs in the first innings of the match but didn’t come out to bat in the second innings after testing positive for Covid-19.

But with Sharma still infected with Covid-19, it means that Bumrah, who was vice-captain when India last played Tests, against Sri Lanka at home in March, will be captaining the side at Edgbaston from Friday. He will now become the 36th Test captain of India, becoming the first fast bowler to be India’s Test skipper since Kapil Dev led India against Pakistan at Bengaluru in March 1987, which was also legendary batter Sunil Gavaskar’s final Test match.

“Mr Rohit Sharma, Captain, Indian Cricket Team is ruled out of the rescheduled fifth Test against England to be played from Friday. Rohit underwent a RAT Test on Thursday morning and returned a positive result for COVID-19. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Mr Jasprit Bumrah as captain for the upcoming Test and Mr Rishabh Pant as his deputy,” said the BCCI in its official release.

With Bumrah becoming the Test captain of India for Edgbaston Test, 2022 is set to be the year where the national side had six different captains across all formats, the highest for any calendar year. He also becomes the eighth man to lead India since 2021. Previously, India had played under five captains in 1959; they were Vinoo Mankad, Hemu Adhikari, Datta Gaekwad, Pankaj Roy and Gulabrai Ramchand.

India currently lead the five-match series for the Pataudi Trophy 2-1, having registered famous victories at Lord’s (by 151 runs) and The Oval (157 runs) last year apart from a draw in Trent Bridge and a loss by an innings and 76 runs at Headingley. A win at Edgbaston will seal the series in their favour, which will be just the fourth time the visitors won a Test series in England after 1971, 1986 and 2007.

India’s squad:

Jasprit Bumrah (Captain), Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (vice-captain) (wicketkeeper), KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna and Mayank Agarwal

Rohit being monitored by medical team, not yet ruled out of Edgbaston Test: Dravid

WIth the uncertainty revolving around India skipper Rohit Sharma, who had tested positive for Covid-19, head coach Rahul Dravid has now said that the right-hander hasn’t been ruled out of the Edgbaston Test against England, beginning on July 1, as he is being monitored by the BCCI medical team.

According to Dravid, the Indian team management will take a final decision after examining two more test reports of the India captain.

Rohit, 35, had returned positive on the second day of the warm-up match in Leicester last week and is currently serving the five-day isolation as recommended by the UK government.

“Rohit is being monitored by our medical team, he has not yet been ruled out. Obviously, he needs to get the negative test to be available. So we will keep monitoring that, we’ve still got close to 36 hours to go. He will have a test later tonight and maybe one tomorrow morning as well. And then we’ll see,” Dravid said in a virtual press conference.

“Obviously, he’ll have to come out of that, and it’s really up to the medical team and sports science team to decide on that. We haven’t had a chance to see him, since he is in isolation. But we will keep monitoring the situation,” he added.

Dravid further said that the clarity on Rohit’s health will only come from the chief selector Chetan Sharma and they will finalise the playing XI for the rescheduled Test after accessing the whole situation.

“It’s probably better that the communication comes officially from official sources (selectors).Once we have exact clarity on Rohit, you’ll hear something from the official sources. It’s not for me to give out official communication,” he said.

Moreover, with uncertainty over Rohit, reports suggested that Jasprit Bumrah will take up the role of the skipper in the one-off Test.

Notably, the Indian team management didn’t nominate a vice-captain after KL Rahul, who was named Rohit’s deputy when the squad was picked in May, was ruled out having picked a groin injury earlier this month.

Bumrah was the vice-captain during India’s previous Test series, against Sri Lanka at home. The pacer incidentally has never led in any form of cricket, so this will be his maiden captaincy stint. He will also become the first fast bowler to captain India since Kapil Dev.

If the 28-year-old Bumrah walks out for the toss on Friday, he will be the eighth man to lead India since 2021.

Talking on the issue, Dravid further said: “It is what it is. When I took the job I wouldn’t have predicted that there would be so many captains in the last six-seven months. That happens, right? In the times that we are living in, with Covid, there have been some unfortunate injuries to people. Even here, it is quite unfortunate what has happened to Rahul and Rohit in the last three weeks for us. And sometimes we’ve had to balance out the workloads of people. So it happens.”

“Of course, it is not something you envisage when you first start off, but if a situation arises then you react to that, you deal with that. And in spite of the number of captains we have had, we have played very good cricket over the last six to eight months. Yes, obviously the South Africa Test series was probably the one I would have liked to have won after going one-up. But even there I thought we were not outplayed, we were very close in a lot of those games. We had a few unfortunate injuries and some of our main players were probably not available for that Test series,” he added.

Dravid further hoped that the team might not have to deal with these situations in future and even if something happens, they would have the necessary plans in place.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that we don’t have to deal with these situations, but they seem to come up and we have to react. We are not fazed by it. We are clear about our communication with people. We know what is going to happen over the next few days. If something happens, we have got contingency plans and, within our group, within our team, we know what’s happening. That’s really important for us,” said Dravid.

Mayank Agarwal added to India Test squad for Edgbaston Test

After opener and skipper Rohit Sharma tested positive for Covid-19 in England, Team India have called up opener Mayank Agarwal for the one-off Test match against England in Edgbaston, starting on July 1.

Rohit is currently in isolation after having tested positive and the team management have made no announcement on the captaincy change. As per reports, the management will only take a call on the issue when the game approaches.

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 team is already missing the services of regular Test opener KL Rahul, who is nursing an injury. If Rohit is unable to partner Shubman Gill during the reshceduled Test, Mayank will then be drafted in the playing XI.

Notbaly, Mayank Agarwal had last played a Test against Sri Lanka.

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.

Rohit Sharma tests positive for Covid-19

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.

Mumbai Indians emerge most engaged club globally: Report

Mumbai Indians (MI) experienced their worst-ever Indian Premier League (IPL) season this year however, the Rohit Sharma-led side have yet again reiterated their widespread followership across the world and have sustained their top status on YouTube engagement worldwide, according to a study conducted by Spanish research agency Deportes & Finanzas.

According to the report, the 5-time IPL champions bettered their numbers on this count by over 50 percent in April 2022, clocking 66.1 million engagements, clear of second-placed Liverpool FC by 16m.

Mumbai Indians were ranked as the most popular sports brand for March 2022 on YouTube with 40.7M engagements, beating global brands such as FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC, and Real Madrid amongst others.

“A combination of YT Shorts and traditional YT videos have led to exponential consumption on MI’s YouTube channel. During the pre-season phase, MI produced engaging video content around the squad coming together for the first time ahead of the ongoing IPL season,” the report said.

“New video themes like MI Daily (a quick unfiltered wrap of MI’s daily activities in the camp), as well as partnerships with prominent MI fans who are also creators, helped gain additional consumption on YouTube,” it added.

Mumbai Indians continue to be a strong brand to engage with, attributed to strong strategies and creative content, which is interesting and engaging for all cricket fans.

Quite confident Kohli, Rohit will be in top shape before T20 WC: Ganguly

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been struggling with the bat in the ongoing season of the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) and with the T20 World Cup few months away, the duo’s form has become a cause od concern for the fans and the Indian selectors.

In 13 games this season, former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Kohli has managed to score just 236 runs at an average of 19.67 and a strike rate of 113.46. Kohli’s tally comprises just a single half-century and three golden duck dismissals, which is his worst performance in the 14 years of IPL.

Only in the inaugural season of the cash-rich league, Kohli had scored fewer runs than the ongoing edition.

On the other hand, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit has managed just 218 runs from 12 games at an average of 18.17 and with a strike rate of 125.29. Rohit’s tally comprises five single-digit scores and one dismissal on duck and he is yet to slam a single half-century the ongoing season where his side, which is already out of the race to the playoffs, have couple of more games to play.

In such a scenario, a lot is being talked about the two main pillars of Indian cricket with the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia this October, just around the corner and now Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Sourav Ganguly has opened up on the matter and reckoned that the duo will be back in form at the right time.

Speaking to Mid Day, the former India skipper opined that with the T20 World Cup still far away, he remains unfazed over Kohli and Rohit’s current form and also backed them to bounce back strongly.

“I’m not worried at all about the form of Rohit or Virat. They are too good…real big players. The World Cup is far away and I am quite confident that they will be in top shape much before the tournament,” he said.

Notably, after the ongoing edition of the IPL, India will play four T20I series with the five-match contest against South Africa scheduled to begin in June which will be followed by T20Is in Ireland and three in England and three more at home against Australia, although it is yet to be conformed by the BCCI.

Hardik transforming into a fine cricketer just like Rohit: Gavaskar

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has reckoned that Gujarat Titans’ skipper Hardik Pandya reminds him of Rohit Sharma when he was first made the captain of Mumbai Indians (MI).

IPL newbies Gujarat Titans have emerged as a force to reckon with in the most exciting season of IPL and skipper Hardik Pandya has led the team from the front.

Gavaskar reckons the role of captaincy is doing the same thing to Hardik as it did to Rohit back in 2013 when the Mumbaikar was appointed the captain. The responsibility transformed Rohit into a much-improved batter and also a leader and Hardik is showing similar signs.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Gavaskar said: “What I see with Hardik is exactly what happened to Rohit Sharma when he first got the captaincy of Mumbai Indians midway through the season (in IPL 2013). Suddenly (we saw) Rohit Sharma from playing those lovely cameos of 40s, 50s, and 60s now staying right till the end and taking responsibility. His shot selections became much better (with his captaincy). Similarly, you can see that happening with Hardik, his shot selection is absolutely terrific.”

“Of course, he’s an outstanding fielder and (that was the case with) Rohit Sharma, he was a brilliant fielder in the covers and close-in as well (in those days). So Pandya is showing those qualities too and that’s why Gujarat Titans are doing so well,” he added.

Former Indian spinner Piyush Chawla also praised Hardik for batting with maturity in the top-order as he’s looking to take his game deep and even finishing matches for his team.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Chawla said: “The way Hardik has batted is commendable and he is taking a lot of responsibility. Earlier he used to bat at number 5 and 6 but now he’s batting at number 3 and 4 and so it’s good to see him do well. He’s looking in control, there are no signs of panic. He’s looking to bat deep, he knows that if he stays till the end then he can recover his strike rate if at all there is a dip in the middle stages. He’s looking very mature as a batter.”

Former Indian batter Mohammad Kaif opined it is wrong to call Hardik a slogger because the Baroda all-rounder has sound batting technique and possesses all the shots in his armoury.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Kaif said: “He’s not a slogger at all. He has a strong base and a good batting technique. He plays brilliant cover drives and pull shots. He’s equally good against the spinners and plays grounded at ease and hits all around the ground. These are signs of a good batter, not a slogger, his basics are clear.”

Notably, under Hardik, Gujarat won seven of the eight games so far in the tournamnet and will now be up against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai on Saturday (April 30).

Rohit Sharma fined Rs 24 Lakh for slow over rate vs Punjab Kings

Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma has been fined for their slow over-rate during their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 clash against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Wednesday (April 13).

Notably, it was MI’s second violation of the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum overrate violations this season.

According to an IPL media release, MI skipper Rohit was fined Rs 24 lakhs, while the rest of the playing eleven were fined Rs 6 lakhs or 25 percent of their match fees, whichever is lesser.

“The Mumbai Indians have been fined after they maintained a slow over rate during their TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 match against Punjab Kings at the MCA Stadium, Pune on April 13.This was the team’s second offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over rate offences,” the statement said.

“Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was fined Rs 24 lakhs and the rest of the members in the playing eleven were fined Rs 6 lakhs or 25 percent of their match fee, whichever is lower,” it added.

Notably, PBKS defeated MI by 12 runs in the match. Chasing a 199-run target, MI were restricted to 186/9 in the allotted 20 overs, Odean Smith was the pick of the bowlers for PBKS with figures of 4/30 while Dewald Brevis was the top-scorr for MI with a counter-attacking of 49 off 25 deliveries.

Brevis knock was laced with five hits into the stands and four boundaries.

It was MI’s fifth consecutive defeat in the ongoing season and the five team IPL champions are yet to regsiter a win in the 2022 season. On the other hand, PBKS has now won three games in a row.

Speaking after the match, the MI skipper reckoned that his side played well and had come close to win their first game this season.

“It’s hardly anything to find out (any negatives), thought we played well, came pretty close to closing the game, a couple of run-outs didn’t help our cause. At one time, we were cruising along, but didn’t hold our nerves, credit to PBKS for bowling well in the second half. We’re trying to play with a different thought process, but it’s not working out well,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation.

“But I don’t want to take the credit out of the guys who played well and Punjab did so today. We aren’t playing good cricket, we need to understand some situations and execute according to it. They got off to a flier, put our bowlers was under pressure, but the pitch was good to bat on and I thought 198 was chaseable. As I said earlier, we need to go back to the drawing room and come back better prepared,” he added.

After the defeat, MI is placed at the bottom of the points chart in the 2022 IPL while PBKS has climbed to the third spot. The first two spots are occupied by Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) respectively.

Very clear in my mind as to how I want to take this forward: Rohit on captaining all three formats

Rohit Sharma recently took over the T20I reins from Virat Kohli and is now also the Test and ODI captain and it seems that the 34-year-old is clear with his plans for captaining India in all three formats and how to balance it.

Under the Hitman’s captaincy, the Men In Blue whitewashed West Indies 3-0 recently and his next task is against Sri Lanka in a three-match T20I series, getting underway on Thursday (February 24) at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.

Speaking at the press conference ahead of the T20I series against the islanders, Rohit said: “I’m very clear in my mind as to how I want to take this forward.”

“Obviously managing the workload, not just me but everyone, will be the key moving forward. We’ve already seen a lot of injuries within our squad. So we just have to be very careful as to what we do with individuals and how we rotate them, how we give them that break time from the game. We’re trying to manage that, we are trying to put a roadmap on the sidelines as to how we want to move forward,” he added.

Commenting on his fitness, Rohit said: “As far as I’m concerned, at the moment there are no issues. I’m looking forward to playing all the games. Workload always depends on what happens thereafter, you take it day by day and understand what you need to do.”

“If there’s an opportunity for you to take a break, you’ll take a break and see the other guys who fill in, what sort of potential he has,” he added.

Further speaking on how to manage his team, Rohit said that all the players in his side are matured enough and he doesn’t want to put any pressure.

“I won’t have that much of a role of telling them each and everything. Obviously, they all are mature cricketers. But it’s just that someone needs to be there to help them, guide them in difficult situations. I’ll be more than happy to do that. That is how we’ve grown up, come into the ranks of becoming the captain. We were groomed by someone else. So it’s a natural process. If you talk of Bumrah, KL, [Rishabh] Pant, all these guys have a big role to play in India’s success. At the same time, they are looked upon as the leaders as well. So they do understand what they need to do as individuals and at the same time they do understand there is a responsibility on their shoulders,” Rohit expressed.

“But again we don’t want to put any pressure on these guys, they are very critical to us. We just want them to enjoy the game, come out freely and execute your skills,” he added.

Speaking about Jasprit Bumrah in the vice-captaincy role, Rohit expressed: “Honestly, it doesn’t really matter too much whether it’s a batter or a bowler being the vice-captain. It’s the mind that matters to the individual. I think Jasprit Bumrah has a great mind for the game, I’ve seen it closely. Yes, it’s a good way for him to step into the leadership role now. He’s obviously taken his game to the next level, I’m sure he wants to continue to do that even further. This is going to add and get him more confident in whatever he wants to do on the field.”

“It’s nice to have him as the vice-captain of the team in this particular series. Let’s hope everything works out pretty well. I know him closely, I talk to him a lot about cricket and I do understand what sort of cricketing brain he has. So it’s nice to have him there in that role,” he added.

India is scheduled to take on Sri Lanka in the first affair in Lucknow on Thursday while the next two T20Is will be played in Dharamsala on February 26 and 27.

After the completion of the white-ball series, the two sides will meet in a two-match Test series, beginning March 4 at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. The second and final Test will then be held at the historic M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru from March 12.

Notably, the first Test in Mohali will also be former India skipper Virat Kohli’s 100th Test.