Amid days of speculations over India’s stand-in captain due to Rohit Sharma’s absence, the BCCI on Thursday announced Jasprit Bumrah as India’s captain for the final rescheduled Test match.
The BCCI took to Twitter to reveal Bumrah’s name as team’s captain while naming Rishabh Pant as the vice-captain. The Edgbaston Twitter handle also shared a video of Bumrah addressing his first press conference as India’s skipper.
Bumrah is the first Indian seamer to captain India in Test cricket after Kapil Dev. He admitted stepping into big shoes but also described this moment as the biggest achievement of his career.
In the press conference, he said, “It’s a huge achievement, a huge honour. When I started playing, Test cricket was a dream. To lead India is the biggest achievement of my career so far.”
Although, things were still unclear until Thursday, as even Rahul Dravid refused to rule out Rohit . “He’s not yet been ruled out,” Dravid said. “We’ve still got close to 36 hours to go, so he’ll have a test Wednesday night and one Thursday morning as well. Then we’ll see,” the Indian head coach said earlier.
However, Bumrah revealed the exact moment he got the news that he would lead India for the final Test.
He added, “We were waiting for an announcement because we were waiting for Rohit’s confirmation. We did a test today (Thursday) morning as well so he tested positive in that test. Then, there was a discussion with the coach [Dravid] and he announced that I will be leading the side.”