Umran Malik in the first T20I, but unfortunately, it didn’t go to plan for the 22-year-old as he conceded 14 runs in his first over in international cricket and didn’t get another chance to bowl.
Spinners usually struggle on smaller grounds and with harder surfaces, but Yuzvendra Chahal has made a name for himself by excelling in tough bowling conditions.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a tough proposition to face with the new ball in hand, and it becomes almost impossible to negotiate him if the surface assists swing, which was the case on Sunday.
Avesh Khan was the third Indian bowler in the match to have grabbed a wicket in his first over in the opening T20I against Ireland.
Axar Patel, on the other hand, didn’t have a memorable outing as he was given just a solitary over in which he conceded 12 runs.
The all-rounder dismissed the dangerous Paul Stirling in his very first over and then contributed with an important 12-ball 24 when the team were in a bit of trouble after losing two wickets in successive deliveries.
Dinesh Karthik didn’t have much to do with the bat as he came onto the bat at the very end and faced a mere four deliveries.
Suryakumar Yadav had a forgetful return from injury as he was trapped in front on the very first ball he faced.
Hooda finished with an unbeaten 47 off 29 balls after opening the innings and guided the team to victory.
The southpaw scored a rapid 26 off 11 deliveries to hand India an electric start in their chase. He looked imperious against the short balls, which has troubled him recently.
Sanju Samson will most likely start for the Indian team in case Gaikwad fails to recover from his niggle for the second T20I.