India recently played its first ODI against West Indies in Barbados. A key highlight from the game was the fact that Suryakumar Yadav was wearing Sanju Samson’s jersey during the game, a move that perplexed fans. Fans speculated that it was a form of backing Samson after the Indian management picked Ishan Kishan over Samson in the opening ODI game. The BCCI later clarified that this was not the case and that it was simply an issue of Yadav not feeling comfortable with the size of his shirt and he asked Samson for his shirt to wear when the issue was not resolved in time.
Suryakumar Yadav was not feeling well with the shirt he was given, though he managed somehow to complete a photo shoot for India in it. He expressed his grievances to management who promised to resolve the issue in time. It took Yadav some time to go to the field because his new jersey with the changed size did not arrive in time. Therefore the batsman asked Samson for his jersey in the meantime. The BCCI further clarified that Yadav will be wearing his own jersey from the next game onwards.
The BCCI stated, “There was some size issue with his jersey. We were told about it two days before the game. He will be receiving his new jersey after the second ODI as the BCCI has shipped it with Indian team players selected for the T20 series. Till then he will be wearing his teammate’s jersey while playing.”
India win ODI by five wickets
After winning the toss, Indian captain Rohit Sharma opted to bowl first. It was a day to forget for the West Indies batting contingent, who were bowled out for just 114 runs in 23 overs. Indian spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja were stand-out performers in the game and took seven wickets between the two of them. West Indies captain Shai Hope got the most points for his team with 43.
India’s batting performance was nothing to write home about, either. A majority of batters were out for low scores, with the notable exception of Ishan Kishan who managed a remarkable half-century, his first in the ODI format in West Indies. He scored seven fours and one six as India barely managed to edge out the hosts by five wickets. The game took place at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.