IRE vs IND: Probable India Playing XI for Ireland T20Is

IRE vs IND: Probable India Playing XI for Ireland T20Is

Team India will be under the leadership of Hardik Pandya.

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India. (Photo Source: BCCI)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the Indian team for the upcoming two-match T20I series against Ireland. Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been appointed to lead the 17-man squad with experienced pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar as his deputy. Many key players will miss this tour as they will travel to England to play the rescheduled fifth Test match slated to start on July 1.

Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer will also travel to England with the red-ball team, and the duo have been replaced by Sanju Samson and Suryakumar Yadav. Samson had a decent run in IPL 2022 but was ignored for the ongoing South Africa series. He is expected to play both matches in Ireland as a wicketkeeper-batter at the number three position. Suryakumar also enjoyed a good IPL season but missed a handful of games due to a forearm injury.

But the biggest talking point is the maiden call for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) batter Rahul Tripathi. The 31-year-old batter scored 413 runs at the strike rate of 158.23 in IPL 2022, and many were surprised with his exclusion from the current South Africa series. But the player has finally set to make his long-awaited debut for the Men in Blue.

 Here’s India predicted playing XI against Ireland:

1. Ruturaj Gaikwad

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)

Ruturaj Gaikwad is now a clear backup opener choice for Team India in  T20I matches. He started well against South Africa in the first match with a good knock of 23 runs but was caught on just one run in the second. However, he played an excellent knock of 57 runs off 35 balls in the third match to show his quality as an opener.

He won the Orange Cap in IPL 2021 but had a decent season this year. In IPL 2022, Gaikwad scored 368 runs,  the most by any CSK player, with a strike rate of 126.46. The right-handed batter also had an outstanding domestic season with Maharashtra in Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Gaikwad is expected to play the remaining two matches against South Africa and both fixtures against Ireland as well. It is now up to him to cement his place in team India after giving some quality performance with the bat.

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