Rohit Sharma tests positive for Covid-19 in England; Currently in isolation at the Team Hotel

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India captain Rohit Sharma has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently in self-isolation at the team hotel, BCCI said in a statement posted on social media in the early hours of Sunday.

“Indian team captain Rohit Sharma 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 custody of the BCCI medical team,” BCCI tweeted.

Rohit was part of the India tour match against Leicestershire and had scored 25 runs in the opening innings but did not strike on Day 3 of the tour match.

Without regular fly-half KL Rahul already out, with a groin injury, this latest development is a blow to India ahead of the 5th Test starting July 1 and the team will hope the skipper recovers in time for the rescheduled test match. The game is part of last year’s five-game Test series which had to be postponed after the fourth test after the Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp.

India lead the series by an aggregate of 2-1 after claiming historic victories at Lord’s and the Oval. While England managed to clinch a win at Headingly Stadium.

Recently, Rohit completed 15 years in international cricket. Sharma, 35, scored 9,283 runs in 223 innings of 230 games, hitting 29 hundreds including a few double tons averaging 48.60. In 125 T20I, Sharma scored 3313 points with a high of 118, reaching four tons and 26 half-centuries. In Tests, the Mumbai Indians skipper scored 3,137 runs in 77 innings of 45 games. It hit eight tons and 14 halfs for an average of 46.13.

Veteran Indian bowler Ravichandran Ashwin’s positive earlier in the week prevented him from traveling with the team to the UK and as a result missed the warm-up match. But the Tamil Nadu spinner joined the team a few days later.

The final test in the series is set to begin on July 1.

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