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IND vs ENG Test: Rohit Sharma joins team India in England, Covid infects R Ashwin

Men in blue are leading the 5-match Test series by 2-1. However, the series was left incomplete due to Covid-19 concerns last year.

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Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has now joined team India in England for the final Test match against England. India’s first training session was shifted to Leicestershire. The Test specialist Team India returned in action to prep for the much-anticipated one-off Test series against England.

Indian cricket team had a couple of training sessions after their arrival in London, but now their training base has been shifted to Leicestershire. Men in blue will be training there for one week, and then they’ll leave for Birmingham, where the final Test match will be played. The official Twitter handle of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared some pictures from the training session led by Rohit Sharma.

Team India will first play a 4-day warm-up match against county club Leicestershire from June 24 to 27. And the India vs England one-off Test match will start on July 1 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

However, BCCI hasn’t made any official statement in regards of spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, as the cricketer was infected with Covid and couldn’t catch his flight. It is still unclear whether he will join the team for the test match or not.

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The first batch of Indian team had arrived in London on June 16. Former skipper Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Cheteshwar Pujara and Shardul Thakur had left from Mumbai. Later they were joined by Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer, who flew directly from Bengaluru after the IND vs SA T20 Series.

Men in blue are leading the 5-match Test series by 2-1. However, the series was left incomplete due to Covid-19 concerns last year. And now both the teams will come face to face for one last Test game, which will be also followed by the One Day Internationals. Moreover, both India and England will have new captains for the fifth match. Rohit Sharma has replaced Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes has replaced Joe Root from last year’s series.

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Mohammed Shami not in India’s T20 World Cup plans, reports claim not fit for format

Mohammad Shami will be featuring in the fifth Test against England on July 1 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

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Although the T20 World Cup 2022 is some time away, fans are already figuring out what would India’s possible bowling lineup.

After clinching victory in the two-match T20I series against Ireland, Team India selectors are now all set for the multi-format series against England.

There are high chances that pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah will lead the Indian bowling attack but not Mohammed Shami.

As only a few international matches are left before the T20 World Cup 2022, the selectors will be keeping an eye on every player’s performance but several reports claimed that pacer Mohammed Shami is not on the selectors scheme of things.

Several reports claimed that the selectors are not seeing Shami for T20 World Cup as he is not fit for the format. Selectors want to invest in young bowlers and give them maximum chances before the World Cup in Australia. They might pick Bhuvneshwar Kumar as one of the senior bowlers but probably Shami could miss the Australia flight this time for the T20 World Cup, a report told ANI.

Shami will be featuring in the fifth Test against England on July 1 at Edgbaston, Birmingham. After this test, both India and England will also play three ODIs, starting July 11.

Shami might not play in the T20 World Cup in Australia, the managers should “definitely” consider Shami for next year’s ODI World Cup at home, former India pacer Ashish Nehra had earlier said during an interaction on Cricbuzz.

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IND vs ENG: Jasprit Bumrah all set to lead team India in last test match, Rohit Sharma misses out

While BCCI is yet to make an official confirmation, a source close to the team has reported to ANI that fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah will lead the Indian side in the IND vs ENG 5th Test match.

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While Indian skipper Rohit Sharma will definitely miss fifth and the final Test match against England, it’s pacer Jasprit Bumrah who will lead the Indian side. A source told ANI that the Control Board of Cricket in India has decided to let the fast bowler captain the team in IND vs ENG last Test match. The match will be played at Birmingham from July 1, 2022.

After playing four practices matches against Leicester Indian Skipper Rohit Sharma had tested positive for Covid-19 during a regular squad check-up. BCCI made the announcement through their official Twitter handle.

Since then the debate on who would lead team India against England is going on and seems like BCCI is confident enough to announce Jasprit Bumrah as the Indian captain for the last Test match. It will be after 35 years that an Indian fast bowler would lead men in blue in Test cricket.

It was the first World Cup winning captain of India, Kapil Dev who last led the team in Test cricket. since then it were the Indian batters who took over the captaincy responsibilities.

While the Indian cricket fans were wanting to see former skipper Virat Kohli to finish what he started, because of the whole Virat vs BCCI episode, this was a bit tough. It was Virat Kohli who led the Indian cricket team against English men at their fortress and defeated them in two out of the three match and with on declared draw, team India holds a lead in the series by 2-1. Hence, seeing Kohli defeating England at Birmingham and lifting the Pataudi trophy would have been a treat to watch for Indian fans. This would have also been the perfect good bye to Test captaincy by the Best Indian Test captain in the longest format.

But seems like BCCI was unable to persuade Kohli and now after 35 years, an Indian fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah will handle the Indian captaincy for a Test match.

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ICC T20I Ranking: Surpassing Virat Kohli, Babar Azam becomes top-ranked batter for longest period

The only Indian in the top ten list of ICC T20I Men’s ranking is opener Ishan Kishan on the seventh spot with 682 ratings.

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Pakistan captain Babar Azam has yet again broken another record of former Indian captain Virat Kohli. And maybe that’s the reason that the cricketer has become one of the most talked about cricketer.

Be it Babar’s superlative form in international cricket or his hard work at the net practices, he has become the Man of the Hour and now the International Cricket Council has even recognized the Pakistan skipper as the best T20 batter in the world for the longest period.

Earlier it was former Indian skipper Virat Kohli who was termed as the best T20I batter in the world but now he has slipped at the second spot. Being on the first position for 1014 days, Babar has surpassed Virat Kohli’s record who was on the first spot for 1013 days.

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Not only Pakistan fans but also several former cricketers like Ian Bishop and Daniel Vittore have said that the Pakistan captain Babar Azam is the best batter in the world for the moment. They believe that the 27 years old has variety of shots with class and has an effortless command over his batting skills.

According to the ICC Men’s T20I rankings, currently the top five batters in the world are Pakistan’s Babar Azam, followed by Pakistan’s Mohammed Rizwan, South Africa’s Aiden Markram, England’s David Malan and Australia’s Aron Finch.

Following his from, Azam continues to rule the charts in ICC Rankings. On the other hand. the only Indian in the top ten list is opener Ishan Kishan. He is at the seventh position with 682 ratings. And while Indian captain Rohit Sharma is at the 19th position with 590 points, Virat Kohli is at the 21th spot with 570 points.

The next time when both India and Pakistan will play against each other will be during the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022. Last time India had lost both the match and against Pakistan and eventually got out of the tournament. On the other hand, Pakistan had a rather good campaign at the world cup but the team lost the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 final to Australia by 8 wickets.

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