These two are contrasting left-handed spinners. The former is an orthodox whose results in white-ball have been dropping of late, making one wonder about the inclusion of Axar Patel in the squad. After the last 50-over World Cup, Jadeja is averaging 54.86 with the ball and his economy rate is 5.27, double his career average. In the 21 matches leading up to the Bridgetown encounter, he had just 15 wickets to his credit in 21 matches. Jadeja’s inability to play a single match creates a headache for India as he is expected to play 10 wickets. Jadeja needs confidence behind him for the World Cup on home soil and the pitch gave it to him on Thursday.
The slow pitch promoted grip and spin on the ball, which allowed Jadeja to get into the game immediately. Shimron Hetmyer first gifted him a wicket by going for a paddle and thereby set up all three stumps as Jadeja’s slower ball arrived well after the batsman had finished hitting.
And then, using those full pitches he relies on in the long format to get the batsman going, he bowled Rovman Powell and Romario Shepherd in the same over. What stood out more than the wickets was his impeccable control: all his strokes came on full, good and short lengths. Overall, only two of his innings came in six overs,