Amid the speculations over Rohit Sharma’s participation in the rescheduled fifth Test against England, India head coach Rahul Dravid has said that the captain is still not ruled out of the game completely.
Dravid’s statement came after certain media outlets reported that Rohit won’t feature in the one-off Test, slated to get underway at Edgbaston on July 1.
Notably, Rohit had tested COVID-19 positive following a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on Saturday (June 25).
"So the update on Rohit is that he is being monitored by our medical team, he is not yet been ruled out. Obviously, he needs to get the negative test to be available. We will keep monitoring him, we have still got close to 36 hours to go so we he will have a test later tonight and one maybe tomorrow morning as well. We will see, it is really upto the medical team and sports science team to decide on that. We will keep monitoring," Dravid said in a press conference on Wednesday (June 29).
Meanwhile, opener Mayank Agarwal has joined the Indian squad in UK as cover for Rohit, who is racing against time to play the all-important Test match.
There have been reports doing the rounds that Jasprit Bumrah will lead India if Rohit fails to recover in time.
Commenting on the same, Dravid said it is better if the communication comes from the official source.
"As to the answer to your next question (whether Bumrah would be captain), I think it is probably better that the communication comes officially from the official sources. I am not sure where Chetan (Sharma) is but you know, once we have exact clarity on Rohit then I think you will hear from official sources. It is not for me to give out official communication," he stated.
(With NDTV inputs)