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:
After a gap of three decades, a pacer is going to lead Team India in the longest format. Go well Bumrah ❤
— Shivani Shukla (@iShivani_Shukla) June 30, 2022
From being branded as "not Test Match material" in 2018 to going on lead India in 2022, Jasprit Bumrah has achieved so much in such a short span of time.
India's best ever pace Bowler will scale many more such heights and he doesn't need any Trophy/Cup to prove his credentials.
— Akash Kumar Jha (@Akashkumarjha14) June 30, 2022
I know it's temporary, but when was the last time that 2 fast bowlers (Bumrah & Cummins in this case) were leading their respective test sides at almost the same time?
My mind goes back to 2003 when both Shaun Pollock & Waqar Younis were still captains of SA & PAK resp. https://t.co/BJLzo3wMPO
— Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) June 30, 2022
Ngl but Jasprit Bumrah as Indian Test Captain has good ring to it 🙌. pic.twitter.com/ZwGaV0RppS
— Shreyas yaps Cricket (@Cricchancellor) June 30, 2022
Elated for Jasprit Bumrah. Across all formats, India's most reliable and consistent bowler since debut. #INDvsENG
— Shankar (@shankarstake) June 30, 2022
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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