India vs West Indies 1st ODI is to be played today i.e. on 22nd July at Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain Stadium in Trinidad. Before this match, Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan has given an update on Ravindra Jadeja’s fitness. Jadeja’s injury was reported before the ODI series against West Indies, it was being said that due to the injury, Jadeja could also be kept out of the ODI series so that he can take part in the T20 series. Before the T20 World Cup, Team India would not like to lose an experienced all-rounder like Jadeja due to injury. Now Dhawan has given an update on Jadeja’s injury before the match.
In the pre-match press conference, Dhawan said, “Right now, he has a little problem so we don’t know whether he will be ready for the first ODI or not.”
The BCCI had not yet officially announced Jadeja’s injury, but today Dhawan has made it clear that this all-rounder is suffering from swallowing problem.
Dhawan further said, ‘Siraj is there in the team, he is famous and we have amazing fast bowling. Spin has Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, we have a good group of bowling units so it will be very impressive.
Dhawan is leading Team India for the second time in the absence of senior players. Earlier, he also took charge of the team during the Sri Lanka tour. On the question of captaincy, the left-handed batsman said, ‘I am very excited to lead the team. Whenever I get a chance to lead the youth, I share my experiences with them. Everyone has talent, but it is also about the mental aspect and that is why I share my experiences.
Team India had to do the net session closed doors for the first ODI due to rain. Dhawan said about this that the players have just come from England. With less net sessions, players will feel more refreshed.
The captain said, ‘We could not train due to rain but everyone is excited. There are youngsters in the team and they have done well in the UK, so not training here will not affect them much. It’s a pretty balanced side, we have both experience and youth. For example Suryakumar Yadav is very experienced, he is young in terms of international cricket, but the kind of maturity he has, he is really amazing. Shreyas and Shardul have also been playing for a long time.