'He will be receiving his new jersey after the second ODI' - BCCI official on why Suryakumar Yadav wore Sanju Samson's jersey in first ODI against West Indies
India outplayed the West Indies by five wickets in the opening match on July 27, Thursday, at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
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India began the ODI series against the West Indies on a high note, outplaying the hosts by five wickets in the opening match on July 27, Thursday, at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. Meanwhile, Suryakumar Yadav was seen wearing a jersey that was not his, which caused a little confusion and amusement during the game.
Suryakumar donned the shirt bearing the name and number of wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson. Notably, Samson's fans were disappointed when he was left out of the playing XI, and the image of Suryakumar wearing Samson's shirt, in particular, has gone viral on social media.
As per a report by The Indian Express, a BCCI (Board of Control for India) source stated that Suryakumar wore a different shirt because there was some issue with his. The source also stated that he will receive his jersey only after the second ODI against the West Indies and will wear Samson's shirt till then.
"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 jersey while playing," the source told The Indian Express.
Furthermore, this is the second year in a row that team India have faced logistical difficulties on their Caribbean tour. A T20I series in 2022 was pushed back due to a delay in the team's luggage being carried from Trinidad to St Kitts.
India outplays West Indies by first wicket, takes 1-0 lead
In terms of the game, India skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and invited Shai Hope and Co. to bat first. India relied heavily on Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja, who finished with figures of 4/6 and 3/37, respectively, helping their side to bundle out the West Indies for a paltry score of 114 runs. Ishan Kishan, who opened alongside Shubman Gill, scored a half-century as the tourists chased down the target in the 23rd over.