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Dhawan Gives Update on Jadeja’s Injury: Ahead of 1st ODI match against West Indies, Indian ODI team captain Shikhar Dhawan gave a massive update on Ravindra Jadeja’s fitness where he says that Jadeja has a bit of a niggle right now and he does not know whether he will be fit to take the field in the first game.
Shikhar Dhawan Update on Jadeja’s injury
During the India tour of West Indies 2022, team India is scheduled to play 3 ODI matches and 5 T20I matches between July 22 – August 07. For the ODI series, senior Indian opening batter Shikhar Dhawan has been named as the captain of the side instead of regular captain Rohit Sharma.
Ahead of the West Indies white ball series, India faces a couple of massive blows after KL Rahul tests positive for COVID19 and Jadeja’s inclusion in the ODI series gets uncertain owing to his injury.
Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is expected to be rested for the entire ODI series against West Indies as a precaution to not complicate his injury supposedly on his left knee.
Sources also state that the Indian all-rounder could be fit for the 5 matches T20I series that follows the ODI series.
Dhawan’s Pre-match Press Conference
The first ODI match is scheduled to play on July 22 in Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
“Right now, he has a bit of a niggle so we don’t know whether he will be ready or not for the first ODI. Other than that, Siraj is there, Prasidh is there, and we have got amazing fast bowling.
In spin, Axar Patel is there and Yuzvendra Chahal is there, we have a good bunch of bowling unit so it will be very impactful,” said Dhawan during a pre-match press conference.
When asked whether he is excited to lead the side, Dhawan said: “I am quite excited to lead the side, whenever you get an opportunity to lead the youngsters, I share my experiences with them, I always love to share my experiences and bring impact in their games. Everyone has the skill, but it is also about the mental aspect and hence I share my experiences.”
“We were not able to train because of 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 impact them much. It is a quite balanced side, we have both experience and youth.
Suryakumar Yadav for example is very experienced, he is young in terms of international cricket, but the kind of maturity he has, Shreyas and Shardul are also playing for a long time,” he added.
Dhawan on Recent Team India’s Reels with Dravid
Earlier this week, Dhawan who remains active in social media shared a funny reels on Instagram featuring Indian head coach Rahul Dravid.
“I have a very good relationship with Rahul Dravid bhai, we went to the Sri Lanka tour together last year and from there, we formed a very good bond. We have an understanding, I feel my energy brings people together, and there is a light-hearted mood.
Recently, I made an Instagram Reel and Rahul bhai featured in that. In today’s world, there are reels and all, earlier it used to be team dinners,” said Dhawan. READ: Dravid made a call to inform Dhawan that, he will not be in T20 plans anymore – Check Full Story
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When asked whether he pays attention to the people who criticise him over form, the left-handed batter said: “Everyone has their own opinion, I know what I need to do and what I do not need to. I don’t pay attention to what is being said.
I have grown habitual of hearing what people have to say. 1-2 games can go sideways, I do not get tensed after that. International cricket comes with its pressure, but the pressure isn’t that much, that it changes my personality or my playing style.
I have a lot of self-belief in myself and our team will step onto the field with confidence.”
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KL Rahul Tests COVID19 Positive
Indian star player KL Rahul tested positive for COVID19 on Thursday and is likely to miss the West Indies series.
KL Rahul who was only named in the T20I squad for the West Indies series was on the road to recovery at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore after his recent surgery and was set to travel to West Indies later this week.
With KL’s COVID test returning positive, it remains to be seen whether he will travel to the West Indies or not. KL Rahul was supposed to travel to the Caribbean only if he cleared the fitness tests.