Rohit can now fly as a captain, the real challenge for him is to stay in shape: Agarkar

04 February 2022 11:44 STI

Bombay (Maharashtra) [India]Feb. 4 (ANI): Ahead of India‘s series against West Indies, former bowler Ajit Agarkar says the biggest challenge for skipper Rohit Sharma will be staying fit.
The Indian team is set to play three ODIs at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad from February 6, followed by the T20I series at Eden Gardens in Kolkata from February 16.
“I think it’s a good thing and the right thing to do – to have a captain for the white ball format and now Rohit can actually fly. So the challenge for Rohit Sharma – in my opinion – is to stay fit and to play whatever is there from now until the white ball cricket world cup because you want the captain – that was one of the strengths of Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni before that they rarely missed games, and both were in great shape,” Agarkar said on Star Sports show “Gameplan”.
Rohit had replaced Virat Kohli as skipper of the white ball last year. He then missed the series against South Africa with a hamstring problem, but is now back to lead the team against the West Indies.
Earlier on Thursday, ANI had reported that no new cases of COVID-19 had been reported from the Indian side.

Sources familiar with the developments confirmed to ANI that no new COVID-19 cases emerged after Wednesday and players except for COVID-19 positive players have started training.
“No new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the bubble and members have started training. Players except positive members have started training,” the source said.
The All India Senior Selection Committee on Wednesday added Mayank Agarwal to India’s ODI squad after seven members, including three players from the Indian squad, tested positive for COVID-19 after three rounds of RT-PCR tests.
According to BCCI, the members have been asked to report to Ahmedabad on January 31, 2022 for the upcoming three-game ODI and T20I series against West Indies. “Each member was also asked to undergo an RT-PCR test at home before embarking on their journey to Ahmedabad and the journey was only undertaken after testing negative,” BCCI said in a statement.
“RT-PCR tests of opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and fast bowler Navdeep Saini (player in standby) conducted on Monday January 31 returned positive results,” he added. Coach T. Dilip and Safety Liaison B. Lokesh’s RT-PCR tests conducted on Monday also returned positive results.
Meanwhile, hitter Ruturaj Gaikwad’s RT-PCR test performed on Tuesday, February 1, returned a positive result. He had tested negative in the first round of tests on Monday. Additionally, RT-PCR tests of Shreyas Iyer and sports massage therapist Rajeev Kumar conducted on Wednesday February 2 returned positive results. Both had tested negative in the first two rounds of testing, the BCCI said. (ANI)

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