The last pacer-captain that India had was the great Kapil Dev, who was removed from captaincy in 1987. Since then India has never had a speed merchant leading the team in traditional cricket. “We’ll keep monitoring him (Sharma). We’ve got close to 36 hours to go. He’ll have a test later tonight and one tomorrow as well. It’s up to the medical team to decide,” Dravid told reporters on Wednesday.
“We haven’t had a chance to see him as he’s in quarantine.” Dravid did not say whether fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah would lead the side if Sharma was unavailable, saying the Indian cricket board would make a decision. “Rohit is out of this Test match, starting July 1, as his RTPCR test has come positive again. He is still in isolation .
Jasprit Bumrah , who is one of the vice-captains in the absence of KL Rahul, will lead the team,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.
Bumrah will b e t h e 3 6 t h cricketer to lead India in the longest format since the country first played in 1932. The Gujarat pacer, who has 123 wickets in 29 Tests, has grown into world’s best fast bowlers.
The Chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma had already said that he is being groomed as a future leader.
Fast bowlers have not been traditionally given the job in India unlike in Pakistan where their greatest
was Imran Khan. Legends like Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis also led the national side.
In the West Indies, Courtney Walsh led the side for a considerable amount of time and world number one Pat Cummins is now leading Australia in the longest format.
PUJARA-GILL OR VIHARI-GILL?
In Rohit’s absence, Cheteshwar Pujara has a good chance of opening the batting with young Shubman Gill. The source said that Mayank Agarwal has just been brought as “cover” and is not in the scheme of things as far featuring in the playing eleven is concerned.
“There is an outside chance for Hanuma Vihari to open as he has done the job in a stopgap arrangement in Australia during the 2018 series. But chances of Pujara opening are way more,” he said.