Umran is one of those guys, keeping an eye on the World Cup – Rohit Sharma

Wasim Jaffer dropped the Umran Malik in his playing XI

The Indian cricket team faced a distressing loss to England in the fifth test against England and he would now hope to bounce back strongly in the T20I series while Wasim Jaffer revealed his playing XI and did not add Umran Malik to the list.

Indian Cricket team faced a distressing loss to England in the fifth rescheduled Test against England at Edgbaston. In the fifth test, Root and Bairstow played a knock of 142 and 114 respectively, and the pair framed an unbeaten stand of 269 runs for the fourth wicket partnership. 

Both batters scored at a fair strike rate and India had no answers on how to stop them. Team India would now hope to bounce back strongly in the three-match T20I series, which will get underway on Thursday evening at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. 

Rohit Sharma has recovered from Covid-19 and will lead the team in the three-match series. Former Indian player Wasim Jaffer on Thursday revealed his playing XI and he has not added the Star pacer, Umran Malik, to his playing XI.

Taking to Twitter, Jaffer wrote:

“My playing XI for tonight, Rohit, Ishan, Hooda, SKY, Hardik, Karthik, Harshal, Bhuvi, Avesh, Chahal, Bishnoi.”

Rohit addressed a press conference on Wednesday and he spoke on a variety of topics, including the preparation of the team, the fifth Test which India lost by seven wickets, and “exciting prospect” Umran Malik.

“My recovery from COVID-19 was good, eight-nine days have passed since the time I tested positive for COVID. We have seen that every player who tested positive for COVID-19 responded differently, I do not know what will happen going forward, but right now I am feeling fine. I started training three days back so that is why I decided to play the first T20I game. I do not have any symptoms, all my tests have come back as negative and now I am looking forward to the game,”

said Rohit.

“It was very hard to watch from the sidelines, it is never easy when you miss games, especially an important game like that where the series was on the line for us. But speaking of symptoms, I was struggling a little bit for a couple of days but I am happy that I am standing back on my feet nice and healthy as I look forward to this T20I series. It is always nice to get back playing and I am excited to be on the field and getting along with the boys,”

he added.

Talking about pacer Umran Malik, Rohit said:

“He is very much in our plans, it is just trying to give him that understanding as to what the team requires from him as well. Yes, there will be times where we want to try out a few guys and Umran is one of those guys, keeping one eye on the World Cup, we want to see what he has to offer for us. He is an exciting prospect, there is no doubt about it. We all saw during the IPL; that he can bowl fast. It is about giving him that role, whether we want to give him the new ball or we want to use him at the backend, when you play for franchises, the role is different as compared to when you play for the national team. It just about understands how you can fit in those individuals and give them clarity.”