The exceptions have been Bob Willis for England, Courtney Walsh for West Indies, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis for Pakistan and Pat Cummins, recently for Australia. Kapil Dev, Shaun Pollock, Ian Botham and Imran Khan were also fast bowlers, but they were also all-rounders of considerable pedigree.
Will Jasprit Bumrah become Test captain No. 36 for India at Edgbaston?
Rohit Sharma’s second RT-PCR Test has also come positive. Addressing a virtual media conference on Wednesday, India coach Rahul Dravid chose to be guarded about Bumrah’s elevation and Rohit’s exclusion.
“Rohit is being monitored by our medical team. He has not yet been ruled out. He needs to get the negative tests to be available. So we’ll keep monitoring that, as we still have 36 hours. We will have a test later tonight and may be one tomorrow and then see. It’s really up to the medical team to decide,” Dravid said.
When asked if Bumrah will be the captain on Friday, he added, “It is better that the confirmation on who is captain, comes from official sources. I don’t want to take that liberty.”
But if Bumrah does walk out for the toss, he will make for a good choice as the ability to problem-solve is something he is blessed with and the calmness that runs through his veins, makes him an ideal leadership option. In fact, in Australia, once Kohli went back to India on paternity leave after the Adelaide Test, he and R Ashwin were skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s go-to men whenever he needed advice.
Bumrah often walked up to newcomers like Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj and told them what was needed and the lengths they needed to operate on. He also displayed leadership off the field.
When he was injured in the final Test at the Gabba, he was the first to hug Siraj on the sidelines after the seamer had bagged a five-for.
When Bumrah was appointed vice-captain to KL Rahul during the white-ball leg of the South Africa tour, he was asked, what if the Test captaincy comes to him as Rohit was yet to be named full-time skipper.
“If given an opportunity, of course, you would think about it… it will be an honour and there’s no bigger feeling than that,” Bumrah had said.
The opportunity seems to have arrived, albeit in unfortunate circumstances.