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 year and will return to his place.
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 has a 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-or 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 is likely to keep batting at number five, while Dinesh Karthik will move down a spot. Karthik might move up depending on the situation, but it’s not clear yet if Dravid or Laxman will try out Umran Malik or Arshdeep Singh. Laxman might also stick with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Avesh Khan as pacers, with Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal as spinners.