Although Rohit Sharma has been placed in isolation after testing positive for COVID, the team management, the selectors, and even the BCCI are not yet panicking and announcing a stand-in skipper. Everyone involved seems to be waiting it out to see how the tour side of things plays out.

With just one opener now available in the squad, Shubman Gill, it is understandable that there were conversations at various levels about whether reinforcements needed to be sent right away to England. Rohit has two specialised responsibilities in the team: captain and opener. Although a final decision has not yet been made, attempts may be made in the coming days to fly Mayank Agarwal to Birmingham so that he may join the team in time for the July 1–5 Test.

As there are no necessary quarantine rules in England for a COVID positive test result, Rohit may always return and play if he tests negative before the test. Everything is based on the team protocols. According to BCCI, Rohit is under the care of the travelling medical staff.

Little information came from England since the Indian players were preoccupied with the last day of their four-day warm-up game in Leicester. However, there is hope that Rohit will recuperate and be prepared for the Edgbaston Test. If sent, Agarwal would be available as a backup opener in case Rohit develops a last-minute fitness concern. There are several choices, like R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rishabh Pant, so it is believed that a stand-in skipper may always be appointed at the last minute, if necessary.

Once head selector Chetan Sharma arrives in the UK, a decision will also be made about the captaincy. After the second and final T20I match against Ireland on June 28, he will leave Dublin and go to the UK. The condition of Rohit’s fitness is anticipated to be known by then. Sunil Joshi, Debasis Mohanty, and Harvinder Singh, the other three selectors, were in Bengaluru for the Ranji Trophy final, which was completed on Sunday (June 26).