In almost every game, Jadeja’s performance with the ball has been worse while his performance with the bat has gotten better. If he needs any more encouragement, the fact that he is just three wickets away from setting the record for most ODI wickets by an Indian bowler against the West Indies should serve as a motivator. If Jadeja is successful in taking three more wickets in the three ODIs, he would have surpassed Kapil Dev’s record of 43 wickets against the Windies. Jadeja now has 41 wickets against the Windies.

In India’s bowling corps, Jadeja, Chahal, and Axar Patel are the sole alternatives for spin bowling. Due to Chahal leading the spin assault and Hardik Pandya’s absence, India is unlikely to consider resting Jadeja for the first two games of the series.

The Indian players warmed up inside at Queen’s Park in Port of Spain before the first game of the series as rain pelted parts of Trinidad. Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, and Arshdeep Singh all participated in the optional practice, which was overseen by head coach Rahul Dravid, batting coach Vikram Rathour, and bowling coach Paras Mhambrey. Jadeja was not there.