New Delhi. India was successful in registering a win against Ireland in the first T20 match played on Sunday. The surprising thing for the fans in this match was that Rituraj Gaikwad did not come to open. The Indian team was chasing a target of 109 runs in 12 overs. Captain Hardik Pandya has revealed the reason behind why Deepak Hooda was sent for the opening in place of Rituraj.
Rituraj’s calf stretch
Due to a calf strain, Deepak Hooda was sent in place of Rituraj along with Ishan Kishan as the opener. Hardik made it clear that he does not want to take any risk regarding the fitness of the players. Hardik said in the post match ceremony, ‘We had the option to take the risk and we could have sent Rituraj for the opening. But I did not agree to it. It is more important for a player to be fit. I thought we could have handled the match. Let us tell you that in this match, even after falling wickets, Rituraj did not come to bat.
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Hooda did not disappoint the fans
Deepak Hooda, who came to bat in place of Gaikwad, also did not disappoint the fans and lived up to their expectations. Hooda played an innings of 47 not out in 29 balls and took the Indian team to the target. Indian team won this match by 7 wickets. In the match, Ishan Kishan also batted aggressively and scored 26 runs in just 11 balls. No information has been revealed about whether Rituraj will be available in the next match or not. The next match of this series will be played on 28 June.
Tags: Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 27, 2022, 14:39 IST