India vs Ireland: Who will Hardik Pandya choose in playing XI?

Dublin: Hardik Pandya is set to lead Team India for the first time as the Men in Blue gear up to take on Ireland in two-match T20I series in Castle Avenue, Dublin. The interesting part of the game will be the selection of playing XI for India as the ‘core’ teammates play the preparation game for the Test against England.

6th captain in One Year

Hardik Pandya led Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Gujarat Titans to a title win in their maiden season. Impressed with his performance, the selectors have chosen Pandya as the leader of the national team in the absence of Captain Rohit Sharma and vice-captain KL Rahul. He will be sixth player to captain Team India in last one year.

VVS Laxman in the shoes of Coach

The head of National Cricket Academy, VVS Laxman is serving as the coach of Team India who will be taking on Ireland in their two-match series. How would Laxman train the boys in absence of head coach Rahul Dravid is yet to be unveiled.

All eyes on THESE players

This series can give Sanju Samson another chance at making his place in the team that he had been unable to do in the past. This series will be significant for most of the Indian players as their performance can open their doors to the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Ruturaj Gaikwad was last seen uneasy against fast bowlers and this series will test his form for the later time. Samson, Rahit Tripathi and Venkatesh Iyer can be considered as the replacement and Gaikwad have may to be on bench after last game.


Indian Squad: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Tripathi, Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik

South Africa Squad: Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, Paul Stirling, Curtis Campher, Stephen Doheny, Lorcan Tucker, Mark Adair, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Conor Olphert, Craig Young

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