New Delhi. India’s young players There will be another chance to prove himself in the two-match T20 series against Ireland starting on Sunday (June 26). In this series, Hardik Pandya will also make his captaincy debut at the international level. Indian Premier League due to Rishabh Pant joining the Test squad in England (IPL) Pandya, who impressed with his captaincy, has been given the command of the team. India’s second-row players, including Rituraj Gaikwad and Sanju Samson, would also like to make a mark before the return of senior cricketers.
Indian team led by VVS Laxman on Ireland tour
Pant led the team in the home T20I series against South Africa after Rohit Sharma was rested and KL Rahul injured. Now Hardik has been given the responsibility. A lot is being expected of him from his stellar performance as the captain of Gujarat Titans. National Cricket Academy (NCA) VVS Laxman, the chief of the team, is playing the role of coach in this series as head coach Rahul Dravid is in England with the Test team. He is expected to follow the same strategy of his former partner.
Both these matches will help in preparing the ‘core group’ for the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia later this year and the team for the three matches against England next month. In the home series against South Africa, Dravid retained the team in all five matches despite losing the first two matches. The series was tied 2-2 due to rain in the fifth match.
With the inclusion of Pant and Shreyas Iyer in the Test team, players like Sanju Samson and Deepak Hooda can get a chance in the series against Ireland. Samson could not establish himself in the T20 team despite getting many opportunities and in such a situation, the opportunity will be very important for him. Suryakumar Yadav, who has returned from a wrist injury, is likely to bat at number three or four.
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Ishan Kishan had a stellar performance against South Africa which he would like to carry on but the pressure will be on opening partner Gaekwad, who looked uncomfortable in front of the fast bowlers in the previous series. India’s fast bowler Umran Malik and yorker specialist Arshdeep Singh can also get a chance here. As far as Ireland is concerned, its players will try to grab the attention of the people by performing well against a strong India. Stephen Doheny and Conor Olfert have found place in the team led by Andrew Balbirnie for the first time. Balbirnie has already said that despite the absence of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah, India’s team is very strong.
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The teams are as follows:
India: Hardik Pandya (Captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishan Kishan, Rituraj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh Umran Malik.
Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (capt), Mark Adair, Curtis Camper, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Conor Olfert, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.
Tags: Hardik Pandya, Ireland, Sanju Samson, Team India, Umran Malik, Vvs laxman
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 25, 2022, 16:51 IST