The BCCI eventually ended the uncertainty surrounding India’s captain for the Edgbaston Test against England by giving it over to Jasprit Bumrah after Rohit Sharma returned another COVID-19 positive test result. Bumrah, who was vice-captain in the South Africa ODIs and Sri Lanka Tests, became India’s first fast bowler leader after Kapil Dev and the 36th Test captain overall. Soon after Bumrah was named captain, responses began to stream in.

Some praised the news, while others opposed it, feeling that a sixth India captain in as many as eight months would not be the greatest choice for Indian cricket right now. Former England bowler Darren Gough is the latest to chime in on Bumrah’s promotion as India captain. Gough, a 58-Test and 159-ODI veteran, believes delegating leadership to Bumrah is a risk.

“I believe it is a significant decision to support Bumrah. People are aware of my opinions on him as a cricketer. I often bring him up. For me, Bumrah is one of the most difficult-if not the most difficult-bowlers to face in international cricket right now. Deceptively fast, fantastic yorker, harder to face sooner than you think… “Coming soon…” in as skipper right away against this England team is a tough decision,” Gough told Cricket.com.

Gough said that if it were up to him, he would have chosen Virat Kohli to captain India in this crucial Test. He argues this because of what Kohli accomplished as India’s captain, including historic victories in Australia and against other opponents. Gough sees a long-term leader in Bumrah but believes that for this one game at Edgbaston, India’s most successful Test captain would have been a better fit.

Virat Kohli would have been the choice I would have made, purely because of his expertise, what he brought to Indian cricket as a captain, that professionalism, leading from the front and pushing everyone to train and work harder… This is why India have gotten to the position they have in world cricket over the last 5 years with some unbelievable Test victories, most notably in Australia, “he added.