India captain Rohit Sharma is all set to return to action for the first of a 3-match T20I series against England, starting July 7. The skipper has recovered from the Covid-19 setback that forced him to miss the rescheduled fifth Test in Birmingham earlier this week.
Rohit Sharma said on the eve of the first T20I that he has recovered well from Covid-19 and is feeling better. The all-format captain said he did struggle with symptoms for the first two days after testing positive for the virus and highlighted that different players have reacted to the infection differently.
Rohit led India in the 4-day practice game against Leicestershire in June but the skipper did not take the field on Day 3, leading to speculation. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that Rohit had tested positive for Covid-19 on June 25.
Rohit was racing against time to get fit for the rescheduled 5th Test, which would have been his first assignment, but the star batter missed the Test and Jasprit Bumrah led the team in his absence.
Rohit was not expected to play the first T20I initially but having missed the Test, the star opener said he opted to play the T20I. Notably, the Test regulars, including Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumran, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja, are not part of the first T20i, which gets underway a day after the conclusion of the 5th Test.
“The recovery has been good. It’s been 8-9 days since I got Covid. We have seen over the last few years that each player has responded to the Covid virus differently. I don’t know what will happen in the future but at the moment, everything is fine with me,” Rohit Sharma told the press in Southampton.
“I began training 3 days ago. That’s why I thought of taking part in this game (first T20I). Body-wise, I am feeling better. I don’t have any symptoms now. I have done 2-3 tests, and all of them have returned negative (laughs). I am just looking forward to the game. It’s going to be an exciting one,” he added.
“It’s always good to be back, playing for your country. You don’t want to miss any games for your country but certain things are not in your control. Yes, now that I am back, I am excited, and looking forward.”
ROHIT EASING BACK INTO ROUTINE
Rohit Sharma, meanwhile, said he joined the T20i team on Wednesday and he was focussing on getting an idea of how the team, which won the T20I series in Ireland, was shaping up. Notably, Hardik Pandya led the team in Ireland following which Dinesh Karthik led them in the two warm-up matches against domestic sides earlier this week.
“Speaking about the interaction, yes, I am yet to understand what was happening with this time. Today is my first day with the time. They were traveling to Ireland and played a couple of practice games as well. Trying to understand what sort of mindset the boys are in and understand every individual’s preparation. It was just about catching up. It’s always nice to be back,” Rohit added.
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