India got the better of Ireland by seven wickets in the first T20I of the two-match series at The Village in Dublin on Sunday. In a game that was reduced to 12 overs per team, India sent Ireland into bat after winning the toss. Ireland did well to post 108 for 4 after losing three wickets for 22. Harry Tector stood out for the hosts with an unbeaten 64 off 33 balls. He hit six fours and three sixes in his excellent innings.
Indian batter Jemimah Rodrigues has revealed that she had a chat with Indian men’s stars Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant while she was going through a tough phase in her career. 21-year-old Rodrigues was the Player of the Match in India Women’s win over Sri Lanka Women in the 1st T20I in Dambulla on Thursday (June 23).
Team India’s stand-in captain Rishabh Pant has admitted that he is keen to make a significant contribution with the bat during the upcoming tour of England. The 24-year-old had a poor T20I series against South Africa at home, which ended on Sunday following the abandonment of the final T20I in Bengaluru due to rain.
Indian fast bowler Avesh Khan has hailed head coach Rahul Dravid after his fine four-wicket haul in the Rajkot T20I against South Africa. There were a few critics who felt that Avesh should have been replaced after he went wicketless in the first three matches of the series. However, the Indian think tank stuck to him and the 25-year-old delivered with figures of 4 for 18.
Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been named captain of the Indian team for the two-match T20I series against Ireland, which will be played in Dublin on June 26 and 28. Pandya has been rewarded for a magnificent IPL 2022 season during which he led debutant franchise Gujarat Titans (GT) to title triumph. The 28-year-old led from the front, scoring 487 runs and claiming eight wickets.
Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has stated that he tried to bowl quick leg breaks, but with a different seam position during the third T20I against South Africa on Tuesday. Having lost the first two matches, India were in a must-win position in Vizag. Defending a total of 179, Chahal claimed 3 for 20 as the hosts bowled out the visitors for 131 and registered a crucial 48-run victory.
Team India skipper Rishabh Pant lamented that his side was at least 10-15 runs short, batting first after losing the toss in the 2nd T20I against South Africa on Sunday (June 12) in Cuttack. He added that the Men in Blue fought back well with the ball in the first half but lost their way after that.
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has lamented that the team’s 2011 World Cup loss to India in the semi-finals in Mohali still haunts him. According to the 46-year-old, although he was deemed unfit, he feels he should have played the match since he had shown enough signs of being ready in the warm-ups.
Team India’s captain for the T20I series against South Africa, Rishabh Pant, lamented that the wicket in Delhi got better to bat on in the second innings, as a result of which their bowlers could not build much pressure. The 24-year-old, however, gave credit to Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller, whose unbeaten 131-run stand lifted the Proteas to a record win.