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India prepares to face West Indies in first ODI; Jadeja’s participation uncertain

By wasmulhaq 
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Trinidad: The hectic schedule of cricketers has always demanded their fitness level. Just a week ago, India finished its assignment in England, bagging the ODI and T20I series with an identical margin of 2-1. Players need to remain physically and mentally prepared to cope with the tight schedule. Indian players landed in the West Indies for the new series. Therefore, a rotation policy has been applied to cut short the workload of cricketers.

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India is gearing up to take on the West Indies in the first ODI at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Friday, July 22. Several players who were warming the bench may get a chance to prove their worth because six players who featured in the recently concluded series in England have been rested.

Shikhar Dhawan has been leading the side against Pooran’s men. Pooran started his new journey as a captain a couple of months ago, winning the inaugural series against the Netherlands by an emphatic 3-0 margin. The Caribbean lost the back-to-back ODI series to Pakistan and Bangladesh, which dented the team’s preparation for the next edition of the World Cup.

Dhawan has shown concern over the availability of Ravindra Jadeja in the opening match set to be held today . His deputy has not come out of his knee niggle. The responsibility is on the captain to marshall his troops shrewdly, as he did in his first outing against Sri Lanka a year back. Dhawan must have it in mind to cement his own place in the team as well.

In the absence of top players, the ODI series has provided an opportunity for youngsters to perform splendidly in view of the 50-over World Cup approaching next year.

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On paper, the Indian team appears to be strong enough to put up a fight against its opponent on their home turf. Who seizes the opportunity to impress the selectors? India must try different combinations in the upcoming series in view of building towards the 2023 World Cup, to be held in India.

The West Indies would like to wipe out their recent poor record in white ball cricket. The team is passing through a transitional period, but players have to perform and give results. The last time the hosts defeated the visitors in a bilateral ODI series was in 2006. The time has come to play positive cricket and win an ODI series against the men in blue after 16 years.

The series seems to be interesting. Be ready to watch today’s encounter that will commence at 7:00 PM IST.

Wasim Haque

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