Team India are set to have a new captain for their upcoming assignment in the United Kingdom (UK) as star catcher Jasprit Bumrah will lead the second division India team against hosts Ireland. The upcoming three-match series against Ireland will mark the return of high-speed tennis player Bumrah to international cricket. Bumrah was sidelined for nearly 11 months due to a recurrence of a back injury.
India opener Ruturaj Gaikwad has been appointed Bumrah’s vice-captain perfectly fit for the Ireland series. Bumrah has not played cricket since India’s home T20I series against Australia last September. Bumrah also missed the T20 World Cup and Asian Cup last year. Besides the speed ace Bumrah, speed athlete Prasidh Krishna will also return after a long break from competition due to injury. A stress fracture in his waist has kept Prasidh out of action since India toured Zimbabwe last August.
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India’s second series also features Jitesh Sharma, Rinku Singh and Shivam Dube. India opener Yashasvi Jaiswal, Mukesh Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Tilak Varma, Avesh Khan and Sanju Samson have also kept their places in India’s T20I team after the West Indies series. Under Bumrah’s leadership, India’s second-tier side will be hoping to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to the West Indies in the Caribbean.
India vs Ireland, T20I series fixtures:
|August 18 (Friday)||India vs Ireland, 1st T20I||Village, Dublin|
|August 20 (Sunday)||India vs Ireland, 2nd T20I||Village, Dublin|
|August 23 (Monday)||India vs Ireland, 3rd T20I||Village, Dublin|
In the absence of Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav, India will march with cranks Ravi Bishnoi, Shahbaz Ahmed and Washington Sundar in the match against Ireland. On Tuesday, Bumrah’s Team India set off for Ireland ahead of the three-match T20I series scheduled to take place in Dublin.
Interestingly, neither head coach Rahul Dravid nor National Cricket Academy (NCA) director VVS Laxman accompanied the Indian team in the Ireland series. Coaches Sitanshu Kotak and Sairaj Bahutule will be part of India’s advisory team for India’s final white-ball series before the 2023 Asian Cup.
India vs Ireland: Watch when and where, live coverage online
All three T20Is of the Ireland series will be available to stream in India on JioCinema. All three games will begin at 7:30am IST.
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