Under the leadership of Jasprit Bumrah, Team India has secured victory in the first two T20 matches against Ireland, clinching the three-match T20 series. However, in the third and final T20 match scheduled for Wednesday, India will strive to maintain their perfect record in this format against Ireland. Out of the seven T20 matches played between India and Ireland so far, India has emerged victorious in all seven encounters.
Opportunity for Untried Players
With the series already secured, the team management now has the opportunity to give playing time to untried fast bowler Avesh Khan and wicketkeeper-batsman Jitesh Sharma. Both players are also part of the Asian Games squad. The match is set to start at 7:30 PM local time, while the toss will take place half an hour earlier.
Bumrah’s Magnificent Performance
Jasprit Bumrah has showcased impressive performances in the first two matches. He claimed two wickets for 24 runs in the opening match and was awarded the Man of the Match title. In the second match, he took two wickets for 15 runs and even bowled a maiden in the final over. Bumrah’s performances indicate his return to fitness after surgery, and his form will be vital for upcoming tournaments like the Asia Cup and the World Cup.
Opportunity for Bench Players
Among the 12 players in the squad who are also part of the Asian Games team, management may consider giving opportunities to those on the bench. Players like Avesh Khan, Jitesh Sharma, and Shahbaz Ahmed, who haven’t played a match in the series so far, could be given a chance. Avesh Khan played in the T20 series against the West Indies but did not get a chance to play. This match could serve as a test for their readiness and performance potential.
Samson and Youngsters Eyeing a Strong Impression
Following this series, in the next T20 series against Australia in November, youngsters like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rinku Singh, and Ruturaj Gaikwad will likely aim to leave a mark in the final match of this series. Rinku Singh scored 38 runs off 21 balls in the previous match and was also awarded the Man of the Match title. He is being seen as the second finisher in the T20 team after Suryakumar Yadav.
Possible Playing XI for Both Teams
India: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Tilak Varma, Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma/Shivam Dube, Shahbaz Ahmed/Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Prasidh Krishna, Jasprit Bumrah (captain), Arshdeep Singh/Mukesh Kumar.
Ireland: Ross Adair, Paul Stirling (captain), Andrew Balbirnie, Lorcan Tucker (wicketkeeper), Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Theo van Woorkom, Benjamin White.