We have got our contingency plans in place, says Rahul Dravid in case Rohit Sharma is ruled out vs England

Indian captain Rohit Sharma is racing against time to get fit ahead of the rescheduled Test match against England, set to begin on July 1 at Edgbaston. Sharma who contracted a bout of Covid-19 ahead of the game, has not been officially ruled out yet, but head coach Rahul Dravid stated that India have put in contingency plans, in case a situation arises.

Dravid stressed on the fact that the plans had been communicated well and there was no confusion in the team.

“It is what it is. When I took this job, even I couldn’t have predicted that we will have so many captains in six or seven months but that can happen in times we are living in, COVID-19, unfortunate injuries to people, what happened to Rahul (groin injury) and now to Rohit in last 3 weeks,” Dravid said emphatically.

Dravid has played with six captains since taking over, starting from Shikhar Dhawan in Sri Lanka, and then Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant. Hardik Pandya captained the Indian team in the Ireland T20I tour, and now it is highly likes that Jasprit Bumrah will potentially fill the mantle for Rohit.

“Sometimes, we have had to balance out the workload and just have to react to that, its not something I wanted when I started off, not something you envisage when you start off but when they arise, you react and deal with them,” the head coach said.

The former India batter argued that India had played fine cricket despite battling through injuries and captaincy shifts and people were clear about the roles they need to take up if and when any hiccup occurs.

“…in spite of number of captains we have had, we have played pretty good cricket, over last six to eight months. We have got our contingency plans in place and communications are clear and within the group everyone knows what we are going to do if some situation arises,” Dravid was quoted as saying by PTI.

In case Rohit Sharma is unable to play against England, Dravid said that it was possible that Cheteshwar Pujara might be called to open.

“Any such decision is taken in consultation with the player. As a player not every situation is as expected and it can happen at times that number three will have to open,” he said.

Barring Pujara, there are candidates in Mayank Agarwal, who was flown out of India to be added as a back up to the squad. India have also opened with Hanuma Vihari previously, who recently said that he did not have any problems with batting at any position in the line-up.

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