Cricket News: Jasprit Bumrah has been named India’s captain for the fifth Test against England

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Cricket News: Jasprit Bumrah has been named India’s captain for the fifth Test against England
Source: Skysports

Cricket News: Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been named captain for the rescheduled fifth and final Test against England, which begins on July 1. After Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the game due to a Covid-19 infection, Bumrah was named captain. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced in an official statement that Rohit tested positive for the virus in a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on Thursday morning.

Bumrah will become the 36th Indian captain in the longest format of the game, and the first pacer to do so since the legendary Kapil Dev. In addition, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been named the side’s vice-captain for the England Test.

Jasprit Bumrah, who has played 29 Tests for India, will also be the first specialist fast bowler to captain the team. Here’s how Twitter reacted when he was officially named Indian captain for the game on Thursday:

Bumrah is widely regarded as the undisputed leader of the fast bowling group, but when he walks out for the toss at Edgbaston on Friday, the challenge against Ben Stokes’ side will be very different. This is also Bumrah’s first time leading India in any format.

Fast bowlers have never been considered for leadership positions in India, and Kapil Dev, the world-class all-rounder, was more of a fast-medium bowler in his prime and later a medium-fast bowler as time passed. During their prime, Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan, two fine fast bowlers, were never considered for vice-captaincy, let alone a leadership role. As a result, India had to wait 35 years for another pacer captain.

India currently leads the five-Test series 2-1 but will face an in-form English team that defeated world champions New Zealand 3-0 in the previous Test series.

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