The Indian team suffered a major setback during the West Indies tour when the news of Ravindra Jadeja’s exclusion from the first two ODIs was confirmed. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) gave the news on their official Twitter handle that the veteran all-rounder will miss the first 2 ODI games against the West Indies. The Indian team played its first ODI against West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval ground in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
This match saw an out-and-out thriller where India managed to bag the win by a margin of just 3 runs. At the same time, India’s regular captain Rohit Sharma has been rested for the series and Team India’s Gabbar aka Shikhar Dhawan is taking the charge. However, Rohit will be there with the team as the captain for the 5-Match T20 series against the hosts.
BCCI confirmed that Jadeja is suffering Knee problem and he can’t make it into the playing XI until he gets fit. With the exclusion of Jadeja, the team underwent some major changes for the 1st ODI.
Talking about the 1st ODI of the series, the Indian captain opened the innings with Shubman Gill where these two players dominated the Indies bowling line up. The Indian captain missed his century by just 3 runs and scored 97 runs with the help of 10 fours and 3 sixes. On the other hand, Gill looked comfortable playing the bowlers and gathered 64 runs in his account. During this he smashed 6 fours and 2 sixes.
After 50 overs, India scored 308 runs with the loss of 7 wickets. Scoring this huge target, West Indies was once looking comfortable to win the game but in last over Mohammed Siraj turned the game for Team India.
For this match, Axar Patel was added to the playing XI in place of Ravindra Jadeja. Also, Shardul Thakur, Siraj and Prasidh Krishna made their way to the playing XI.
For the 2nd ODI, India will take on the West Indies on 24th July at Port of Spain.