Rohit Sharma missed the rescheduled fifth Test against England after testing positive for COVID-19 but has now recovered and will therefore lead the team in the first T20I of the three-match series in Southampton on Thursday. For the first game, prefer Virat Kohli, Rishabh PantAnd Jasprit Bumrah Will not be available, but senior players will return from the second game.
Rohit addressed a press conference on Wednesday and he spoke on a range of topics including the team’s preparation, the fifth Test in which India lost by seven wickets, and the “exciting prospect”. Umran Malik,
“My recovery from COVID-19 was good, eight-nine days have passed since I tested positive for COVID-19. We have noticed that each player who tested positive for COVID-19 reacted differently. Granted, I don’t know what will happen next, but right now I am feeling fine. I started training three days ago so I decided to play the first T20 match. I have no symptoms, all my tests have come back negative and Now I am looking forward to the game,” said Rohit.
“It was very hard to watch, it’s never easy when you remember the game, especially an important game like that where the series was on the line for us. But speaking of the symptoms, I’m a couple. Was struggling a bit for a long time but I am glad that I am on my feet well and healthy as I look forward to this T20I series. It is always good to be back playing and I am on the field and with the boys Excited to stay,” she added.
Talking about pacer Umran Malik, Rohit said: “He is very much in our plans, it’s just him trying to understand what the team needs from him. Yes, sometimes we want to try There are some guys and Umran is definitely one of those people, keeping a look at the World Cup, we want to see what he has to offer us. He is definitely an exciting prospect, no doubt about it. We all saw during the IPL, he can bowl fast. It’s about giving him that role, whether we want to give him the new ball or we want to use him at the backend, when you play for the franchise. When you play for the national team, it’s just about understanding how you can fit into those individuals and give them clarity.”
When asked about the upcoming series, Rohit said: “Of course, keeping an eye on the World Cup. I wouldn’t say it’s preparation, every game matters to us for India. That’s why we want to come here.” And want to tick every box. Make sure we get the job done. As much as we want to keep an eye on the World Cup, we want to make sure that we are working here too. Yes, there are young players like that. Those who are getting an opportunity to represent the country. State teams, through the performance of IPL, they deserve their opportunity. England is going to be a very challenging team for us. We will do T20 series and then against England Looking forward to the ODI series as well.” added.
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