IRE vs IND: BCCI confirms Indian team’s departure date for the upcoming Ireland tour
They will like to start their tour of the United Kingdom (UK) without any hiccup against the Irishmen.
Updated - Jun 21, 2018 6:49 pm
The Indian team is scheduled to tour Ireland for a couple of T20Is to be played at The Village in Dublin on June 27 and June 29 respectively. Recently, a press release from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that the Men in Blue will depart for the series on June 23, four days prior to the start of the two-match series.
Thereafter, the team will then fly to England for a full-fledged series in July. Their journey starts with three T20Is in Manchester, Cardiff, and Bristol respectively. The three-match ODI series will start on July 12 in Nottingham, the exact venue where the highest ever ODI score was racked. The limited-overs fixtures will be followed by five Tests in Birmingham, London, Nottingham, and Southampton.
Virat Kohli and Co’s challenge
Last time around, MS Dhoni’s men lost the five-match Test series 3-1. India won the second Test at Lord’s to take a lead. However, the visitors suffered defeats in three matches on the trot and failed to hold on to their ascendancy. Nevertheless, they stormed back and humbled the Brits 3-1 in the five-match ODI series. The opening match in Bristol was washed out after which the visitors started their domination.
The Men in Blue stumbled by three runs in the only T20I played at Edgbaston. This time around, Virat Kohli is the leader of the team and he will have a task to guide his team to victory under trying conditions in England. His men have been in decent form recently as they humbled Afghanistan, who played their maiden Test, in Bangalore.
The squads for the ODI and T20I series were previously announced, however, a few changes have been made to the teams owing to the somewhat ‘cursed’ yo-yo Test. Ambati Rayudu failed to clear the test and Suresh Raina was drafted into the ODI team. Meanwhile, the team will like to start their tour of the United Kingdom (UK) without any hiccup against the Irishmen.