IND vs ENG: Ben Stokes Will Enjoy It – Graeme Swann Is Keen To See Virat Kohli Lead India In The Edgbaston Test

Ex-England spinner Graeme Swann said that the prospect of Virat Kohli leading the team will attract recently-appointed skipper Ben Stokes.

Rohit Sharma’s positive COVID-19 test has severely hampered India’s training for the historic one-off Test against England at Edgbaston. Rohit’s participation is in question, therefore it is unclear who will be India’s leader.

Virat Kohli. PC- AFP

Mayank Agarwal has been recalled to the team to provide the management with extra choices. On Monday, June 27, Mayank uploaded a picture to his social media accounts showing him boarding a plane for Birmingham, England, where he will join the team.

IND vs ENG: Ben Stokes Will Enjoy It - Graeme Swann Is Keen To See Virat Kohli Lead India In The Edgbaston Test
Rohit Sharma. PC- Leicestershire Twitter
Rohit Sharma. PC- Leicestershire Twitter

Who will lead India for this game, though, is still a major worry. There is uncertainty if Rohit is deputy because KL Rahul is absent. There is no evidence that Jasprit Bumrah, who captained the side on the final day of the warm-up game against Leicestershire and served as vice-captain for the series against Sri Lanka, is the same person. Bumrah’s lack of captaincy experience is an additional cause for concern.

‘Why not let Virat Kohli finish off the things’: Graeme Swann

Given the significance of the contest, many have urged that former captain Virat Kohli captain the team. It is important to keep in mind that Kohli captained the group in the first four games of the series the previous season. Ex-England spinner Graeme Swann believes that Kohli guiding the team is something that newly chosen captain Ben Stokes will appreciate.

Virat Kohli
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“You might argue that it would be better to let Virat Kohli complete the tasks he began and sort of have a swan song. I am not sure if Virat would want to do that,” Graeme Swann said.

“I do not believe it will bother England much. Perhaps if you consider Ben Stokes. He would rather see that Virat Kohli serves as captain so that he could assess Joe Root’s team’s performance in contrast to Kohli’s,” Hindustan Times cited Graeme Swann as saying.

India will be doing a multi-format visit to England. During the tour, the eagerly anticipated fifth Test between England and India will take place as well. The series between India and England in Test matches would come to an end with this game. India is up 2-1 in the series. On July 1 (Friday), the fifth test between England and India will start at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium.

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