Hardik Pandya to captain India in Ireland T20Is; Rahul Tripathi gets his first call-up

Hardik Pandya to captain India in Ireland T20Is;  Rahul Tripathi gets his first call-up

Hardik Pandya will lead India during their two-match T20I tour of Ireland in late June. With the lack of many regulars in England to prepare for the Edgbaston Test match, Hardik will get a chance to bring to international cricket the leadership skills he displayed while captaining Gujarat Titans to the IPL 2022 title.
The squad includes a first-time call-up for Rahul Tripathi, who scored 413 runs for Sunrisers Hyderabad at an average of 37.54 and a strike rate of 158.23 during the recently concluded IPL season. His performance, which was marked by his willingness to take risks early in his innings, garnered widespread praise, with many experts suggesting that he was ready to play international cricket. Speaking on ESPNcricinfo’s show T20 Time: Out, former India coach Ravi Shastri said that Tripathi was “not at all far” from the India call-up.
Also remembered for having two other middle-order batsmen in the form of Sanju Samson and Suryakumar Yadav, the latter helped him recover from a forearm injury that saw him play in the closing stages of the IPL as well as South Africa. Knocked out of India’s home T20I series against

The rest of the team is on expected lines with no unexpected changes from the team currently trailing 2-1 to South Africa after three matches of the five-match series. Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer, who were captaining India in that series, would both be part of India’s Test squad in England.

The BCCI release announcing the squad has named Dinesh Karthik as the wicketkeeper, although both he and Ishan Kishan could fill the role in Pant’s absence. Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik, the two uncapped fast bowlers who played against South Africa, will also travel to Ireland.

VVS Laxman will coach India on the tour, standing in for regular head coach Rahul Dravid who will accompany the Test team in England. Laxman will be assisted by batting coach Sitanshu Kotak, bowling coach Sairaj Bahule and fielding coach Munish Bali.

Two T20 matches are to be played in Malahide on 26 and 28 June.