Jasprit Bumrah will lead India against England in the fifth Test
When India takes the field in Southampton on Friday to finish the Pataudi Trophy 2021 against England, which was left unfinished from the previous year, ace fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is expected to be the nation’s 36th captain.
Rohit Sharma, who faces a tight deadline to play in the fifth and final Test of the series after testing positive for the coronavirus, is poised to be replaced as India’s next captain by Jasprit Bumrah.
Since leaving the English shores of last year, when Virat Kohli served as their captain across all formats, Ajinkya Rahane served as his deputy in the traditional format of the sport, and former cricketer Ravi Shastri served as the team’s head coach, the Indian team has undergone a significant overhaul.
Currently, Rohit Sharma serves as India’s regular captain across all forms. In Test cricket, KL Rahul serves as Sharma’s backup, and Rahul Dravid currently holds the position of head coach.
Recall that KL Rahul recently travelled to Germany for groyne surgery and is not available for the duration of the trip to England, which also includes limited-overs matches between the two sides.
A number of coronavirus cases in India’s camp, including those involving their former coach Ravi Shastri and several other members of the coaching as well as playing staff, forced them to abandon the Pataudi Trophy 2021.
Along with participating in the series’ fifth and penultimate Test, which was left unfinished last year, India will also face England in a three-match T20I series, followed by an ODI series with an equal number of games.