Rohit Sharma is all set to leave for England on June 20 as the skipper is all set to join a group of players who will head to the UK after the completion of the ongoing T20I series against South Africa at home. Rohit will lead India in the one-off Test, which is a spillover from last year’s 5-Test series, which remained incomplete due to Covid-19 concerns. India and England will meet in the first Test in Birmingham from July 1.
Notably, a majority of India’s Test regulars, including former captain Virat Kohli, pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Prasidh Krishna, and Mohammed Siraj, Cheteshwar Pujara, and opener Shubman Gill along with all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur left for the UK on Thursday, June 16 morning from Mumbai.
Rohit Sharma’s absence from the batch that left for England from Mumbai on Thursday led to speculation about his fitness. However, Rohit is completely fit and will leave for England with the white-ball specialists and a few other Test players from Bengaluru on June 20, according to Sports Today.
Notably, the likes of Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer, who are part of the ongoing T20I series against South Africa, will also join Rohit with the Test squad in England. Off-spinner R Ashwin was also not spotted with the batch of Test players who left from Mumbai on Thursday.
India will play a 4-day practice match against Leicestershire from June 24 to 27 even as a Hardik Pandya-led T20I side will play 2 T20is against Ireland on June 26 and 28.
Rohit was in imperious form at the top of the order under Kohli’s captaincy last year in the Test series in England as India took a 2-1 lead, winning at the Lord’s and the Oval. Rohit finished with 368 runs in 4 Tests, only behind former England captain Joe Root’s tally of 564 runs.
Rohit Sharma returned to India after completing a vacation with his family in the Maldives after completing his Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 campaign with Mumbai Indians.
The likes of Rohit, Kohli, Bumrah, Shami, and Jadeja were rested from the squad which is playing the T20I series under Rishabh Pant’s captaincy.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul, who was named as the captain of the T20I side for the South Africa series before he was ruled out with an injury, is unlikely to be part of the India squad for the one-off Test as he is yet to recover from the setback.