The all-time Indian captain Rohit Sharma tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, days before the start of the one-off Test against England at Edgbaston. Rohit is India’s highest scorer in the series that began last year and his unavailability could turn out to be a huge blow to the visitors.

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Rohit Sharma scored 25 runs in the first innings of the practice game against Leicestershire. He didn’t bat in the second innings and probably won’t get any time to practice before the Test starts, as he will need to recover fully from COVID-19.

Sharma has also missed the Test series against South Africa which could have been his first series as a newly appointed full-time Test vice-captain, Rohit Sharma was excepted to return for the ODIs for his first series as a full-time ODI captain. But Sharma failed to recover from his hamstring injury as the selectors named KL Rahul as the stand-in captain for the 3-match series.

Rohit had incurred a hamstring injury during the home series against New Zealand in November, following which he was sent to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for recovery and subsequently dropped from the tour to South Africa.

“Rohit Sharma is not fit, he is in rehab and he is not going for the ODI series in South Africa. He is working on and building on his fitness. We never wanted to take chance with him,” chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma said on Friday before announcing the ODI team.

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