Team India will be touring Ireland to play a three-match T20 series starting 18th August. Both teams will be hoping for a positive result and in the past these two teams have produced some thrilling moments.
As Ireland gains more exposure to international cricket and T20 leagues, their matches against teams like India could become more competitive and frequent. Since Ireland entered the T20 format very late, the rivalry between the two teams is slowly and gradually building up.
Ireland is already out of the ODI World Cup as they failed to qualify and now their whole focus will shift towards the T20 format. In recent times, Ireland has produced some top-class players like Joshua Little, Harry Tactor, and Andrew Balbirnie.
Team India is also coming up with some new faces in T20 cricket and the team management will have high hopes for the same. Here is a list of 5 key players for Team India for the series against Ireland. The top bookmakers have odds for this tournament with them.
1) Jasprit Bumrah
The highlight of the series will be the comeback of India’s star pacer Jasprit Bumrah. He is also leading the team and hence it will be interesting to see how he performs as an individual and a group leader. Bumrah was missing from international cricket for the past year because of his back injury.
As of now, the player has fully recovered and now the team management will be planning him to train for the upcoming ODI World Cup. A series against Ireland will prove to be a major boost for Bumrah and he can gain some confidence for the upcoming Asia Cup as well.
2) Yashaswi Jaiswal
BCCI and the selection committee have given a chance to Yashaswi Jaiswal after his stunning performance against West Indies in the Test format. Jaiswal's batting style is characterized by his ability to hit the ball cleanly and with power.
He is also a very good timer of the ball and has a good understanding of the game. Jaiswal is not afraid to take on the bowlers and is always looking to score runs. As of now, he has been part of 3 T20 internationals and has scored 90 runs at an average of 45 and a strike rate of 157.9.
3) Tilak Varma
Tilak Varma is another new face of team India who showcased his talent during the tour of West Indies in the T20 format. He is known for his elegant batting style and his ability to score runs in all formats of the game.
Tilak is very good at timing the ball and has a good range of shots. Varma is also very good at rotating the strike and building partnerships. In 5 T20s against West Indies, Tilak scored a total of 173 runs at an average of 57.7 and a strike rate of 140.7. His innings also included a half-century.
4) Ruturaj Gaikwad
Another entry to the T20 squad is the return of Ruturaj Gaikwad. His last T20 was against Ireland in 2022 and had a below-average season. However, his performance in the Indian Premier League 2023 has opened the doors of international cricket for the player again and he will be expected to perform and maintain his consistency.
Overall, he has been part of 9 T20 internationals and has scored 135 runs at an average of 16.9 and a strike rate of 123.8.
5) Prasidh Krishna
Like Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna was also away from international cricket because of an injury and missed out on some major tournaments. However, the pacer has recovered and is expected to perform during the tour of Ireland.
Prasidh Krishna is known for maintaining his accuracy and picking wickets with his disciplined bowling. He will be making his debut in the T20 format but Krishna has already proved himself a class apart in the ODI format.