Malahide (Ireland). Stroke prolific players Suryakumar Yadav and Sanju Samson will return in place of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant in the Indian team’s playing XI in the 2-match T20 International series against Ireland starting on Sunday. Head coach Rahul Dravid is currently in Leicester with the Test team. Hence, National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief VVS Laxman will guide the T20 International team for this series. He is expected to follow the plan made by Dravid.
Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant In the Test team, Suryakumar and Samson will definitely start. Surya is making a comeback from a wrist injury while Sanju Samson This may be the last chance for him to prove his ability, which he will try to use well. Surya has been a regular in India’s T20 International team for the past one year and will return to his place.
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As far as Sanju Samson is concerned, his substitute can be Deepak Hooda, who can also bowl a few overs with his off-spin and he has good ability to hit the ball. However, if the coach looks at Dravid’s method of planning, then he does not believe in exploring more options. Till the time India plays the Asia Cup, they will need to decide on the venues as well.
If Rituraj Gaikwad hasn’t been very successful, then the Chennai Super Kings opener might be given 1-2 more chances against a weak Ireland so that he can gather some runs and gain confidence. Ishaan Kishan has cemented his place as the reserve opener for the next few months and will continue in his role for some time. Ishaan will open the innings along with regular captain Rohit Sharma in the England leg of the T20 International.
Caretaker captain Hardik Pandya, who batted at number five in the last series against South Africa, is expected to continue at the same position while Dinesh Karthik will move down a spot. Although given a specific role to Karthik, he can go ahead of Pandya depending on the circumstances, but it is not yet clear whether Dravid or Laxman will try ‘Jammu Express’ Umran Malik or Arshdeep Singh. Laxman may also continue with pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Avesh Khan, with Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal in place of spinners.
Tags: Hardik Pandya, Indian cricket, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 24, 2022, 20:14 IST