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India vs Ireland, 1st T20I – “Player’s Well-Being Is More Important”: Hardik Pandya On Ruturaj Gaikwad Not Opening cricket news

Hardik Pandya-led Team India started their victory in the two-match T20I series against Ireland by defeating the hosts by seven wickets in the first T20I on Sunday. Chasing 109 in 12 overs, India held home with seven wickets and 16 balls to spare as Deepak Hooda played an unbeaten knock of 47 runs. However, to everyone’s surprise, it was Hooda who came to open with Ishaan Kishan. Compared to designated opener Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Speaking at a virtual press conference after the game, skipper Hardik explained why Ruturaj didn’t come for the opening.

“Rutu (Ruturaj Gaikwad) had a prick in the calf. We had the opportunity to take a risk and send him to open, but I was not okay with it. A player’s well-being is more important, and I thought we’ Will be able to manage what happens in the match. After that it was quite easy, there wasn’t much to decide, whatever our batting order numbers, we all went up one place, and it wasn’t a headache We wanted to make sure that we were not taking any chances with Rutu,” Hardik said during the press conference.

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Talking about debutant Umran Malik, Hardik said: “When you play for India for the first time, and the journey he has made, it’s important to give time to such a bowler and such talent. Be it a good day or not. A bad day is irrelevant. For him, just playing for India is a big deal in itself, and it’s something I’m very happy about, no matter what the outcome, good or bad, that’s okay. “

“It’s part and parcel of the game, but at the same time, from here on he will only get better, the more matches he plays, and for him to play for India, it’s a big deal for anyone to play for India. I think of him as this.” I want to let the moment enjoy because it doesn’t come every time. Debut happens only once.”

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It was Ireland’s Harry Tector who was shining with the bat for the hosts as he smashed 64 off just 33 balls, and he was the one who helped Ireland post 108 runs in 12 overs.

“He played some great shots, and obviously he’s 22, I’ve given him a bat too, so maybe he can hit a few more sixes and maybe get an IPL contract, and I wish him all the best.” Just take good care of him, give him the right guidance. It’s not always about cricket, it’s about understanding your whole lifestyle and what’s at stake. If you can manage that, then me For sure he is going to be around – not just in IPL, in all leagues the world,” Hardik said.

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