India vs Ireland, 2nd T20I: Everything you need to know
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jun 30, 2018,
Jun 30, 2018, 0:26
It will be interesting to see whom among the trio of Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey get a game with Dhoni and all-rounder Hardik Pandya filling up the No.6 and 7 spots. With Jasprit Bumrah injuring his thumb during the first T20I, Kohli might be tempted to give the pacer a rest and bring in either Umesh or uncapped Siddharth Kaul.
Virat Kohli believes a flexible batting order will help keep India's opponents guessing while the team is in Ireland and England. However, India know that Ireland are no knock-overs.
For India, there were wholesale changes in the pace bowling department. Umesh Yadav last played an ODI in September 2017 against Australia at Bengaluru.
Predicted playing XI: Kohli (c) Rohit, Dhawan, Rahul, Raina, Dhoni (wk), Pandya, Kuldeep, Chahal, Umesh, Kaul.
It's a rare occasion when the former Indian skipper had to sit out despite being in the squad.
After the win on Wednesday, the India skipper has said: "We have already announced that apart from the opening combination we are going to do a lot of experiments in the middle order". However, Rohit missed a well-deserved century. Dhoni and Raina are the other current' members from that playing eleven nine years ago. The Indian cricket team have a full-strength squad to pick from, with captain Virat Kohli back in the team after nursing a neck injury.
Ireland: Gary Wilson (c), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Kevin O Brien, William Porterfield, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson.
India take on Ireland in a two-match T20I series at the Malahide Cricket Ground Club in the lead-up to the much-anticipated full tour against England next month.