Hardik Pandya led Ireland squad is decided to play the series opener of India vs England T20I as per the decision of the selection committee. Other regular players like Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, K.L. Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, and others will join on the 2nd T20I. The selection committee, headed by Chetan Sharma, has decided that the star players will be given a break before they are joining the T20 after the tight schedule of the Test series. The Test match will only be finished on July 5, and the first T20I is scheduled for July 7. So, the players need a recovery period to come back to the T20 schedule.
At first, Rohit Sharma was decided to lead the T20 team and the Test team. But Rohit’s RTPCR test is positive again and he is still in isolation. He was ruled out of the Test match and Jasprit Bumrah will lead the team for the Test match. In Rohit’s absence, Virat Kohli is decided to join the T20 team. While the first-choice players are joining lately, Hardik Pandya will get another chance to lead the team for the 1st T20I match.
The youth showcased their talent in Dublin and proved themselves capable to compete in any international series with a win. The team defeated Ireland in 2-0 with a huge score under the leadership of Hardik Pandya. Pandya is one of the most crucial members of the Indian line-up, and India has no replacement for the all-rounder now. Pandya, with his huge team support and coordination skills, made a space for himself as a captain now. The star players of the last match, Deepak Hooda and Sanju Samson, who was only elected to play for the Ireland series, have got another chance to be part of team XI. Hope the players can make a mark in the coming match to be the regular players of team India.
India is also decided to play two warm-up games on July 1 and July 3 while the Test match is taking place. This makes it clear that the Indian squad for Ireland will play in these matches as well. India will compete against Derbyshire and Northamptonshire respectively for the two warm-up games. The exact team for England tour is still to be determined. Reports show that most of the players in Ireland will remain till the end of the T20 series.
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