Indian team skipper Rohit Sharma has finally tested negative for Covid-19 after missing the fifth Test match. He has now begun practice for the upcoming white-ball series of the tour of England. The BCCI released a video of the Indian skipper practising some of his famous strokes against R Ashwin. According to reports, Sharma had a nearly 45-minute batting practise session as well as some fielding drills.
However, there is some uncertainty about his fitness to play a 4-hour, high-intensity T20I match. According to reports, a decision on his availability for the first T20I encounter is yet to be made. He will also be subjected to necessary cardiovascular tests.
The tests will determine Rohit Sharma’s fitness and participation in the first T20 against England on July 7 in Southampton. According to a BCCI official, head coach Rahul Dravid and Rohit himself will decide on his availability.
“See he had suffered from a bout of COVID. He needs time to recover. He has started training but will he play 1st match or not, it depends on his fitness. Coach and Rohit himself will take a call on the same. We are hopeful he should be ready,” said the source, as quoted by Sports Tiger.
Meanwhile, India has named two separate squads for the first T20I match and the next two. Rohit Sharma has been selected captain of both the T20I and ODI squads.
India’s squad for 1st T20I
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik
India’s squad for 2nd and 3rd T20I
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik
India’s squad for ODIs
Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, J Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Shami, Mohd Siraj, Arshdeep Singh