KARACHI: Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah will captain the Men in Blue after Rohit Sharma tested positive for COVID-19 place of Rohit Sharma, against England in the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston.
"It is a very big honour. It is a very big achievement. We did a test today morning as well. Rohit tested positive. Then I was officially informed that I was going to lead the side," Bumrah said.
In the Pataudi Trophy, which India leads 2-1, Bumrah will serve as the team's second captain. Virat Kohli led the team for the first four games before the last Test was postponed due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Indian camp.
Along with Rohit, India's top run-getter in those four games, Bumrah was a big performer, picking up 18 wickets in seven bowling innings at an average of 20.83. A year on, Bumrah has more experience and was also appointed as India's vice-captain for their previous Test series, at home in March against Sri Lanka.