India vs Ireland, 1st T20I: Team India’s Gen-Next stars read
asprit Bumrah will be the center of attention when he captains India against Ireland after almost 11 months off the field limping. The fast bowler’s endurance and physical preparedness will be tested during the three-game T20 International series, which gets underway on Friday in Dublin.
Among the many Gen-Next IPL stars on the team are Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rinku Singh, and Jitesh Sharma. However, many people involved in Indian cricket will be closely watching Bumrah because he will be essential to the home team’s strategy during the ODI World Cup, which starts in less than two months.
Bumrah, who is 29 years old, is making a comeback after having surgery to fix lower-back stress fractures he got in a home series against Australia before last year’s T20 World Cup.
In a bid to assess the match fitness of the Gujarat slinger, the upcoming series is set to provide valuable insights to the chairman of selectors Ajit Agarkar, ODI captain Rohit Sharma, and head coach Rah Dravid. Despite being limited to a maximum of 12 overs across three games spanning five days, this opportunity will offer a comprehensive evaluation of the player’s readiness.
In contrast, he must bowl 10 overs over the course of two, three, or perhaps four innings in 50-over cricket.
Bumrah’s bowling video was shared by the BCCI on its official social media page. He was seen hastily bowling a right-hander with a toe-crusher before almost yorking a left-hander with a disguised short ball.
The circumstances of the game would be very different, though, and Dravid and Rohit both rushed him before the T20 World Cup in Australia last year, which caused them both to get into trouble.
The results were disastrous. Bumrah played in just one more series before taking the longest break of his seven-year international career.
Bumrah was chosen for a home series earlier this year but had to cancel at the last minute due to surgery to treat a condition that could have ended his career.
Bumrah will gain from the Ireland series by increasing his leg mileage and getting ready for the Asia Cup, where he will compete on September 2 against players like Babar Azam up front.
Ireland, led by Andrew Balbirnie and boasting useful players like Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, and left-arm spinner George Dockrell, is a potent team in the shortest format even though they haven’t yet defeated India.
Their left-arm seamer Josh Little was a vital part of the Gujarat Titans club the year before and would be excited to have the chance to show off his skills against a talented Indian team.
Every member of this Indian team, with the exception of Bumrah and Sanju Samson, will be vying for a gold medal at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, so the core group will want to take advantage of the three T20 Internationals.
The only player whose status will undoubtedly be examined is Sanju Samson. He is unlikely to make the starting XI for the Asia Cup unless head coach Sitanshu Kotak receives a standing order from main team management to play the Kerala player.
While Shivam Dube will be eager for a second chance, Jitesh, and Rinku, two exciting IPL finds, are anticipated to receive their T20 India caps.
Prasidh Krishna is returning to competitive cricket, much like Bumrah did. Before suffering a lower back stress fracture that also required surgery, the Bengaluru fast bowler was a foregone conclusion for the ODI team.
Selectors plan to evaluate Krishna’s performance before deciding who will play for their team in the Asia Cup. By the end of this week, the squad should be revealed.
It would be intriguing to see how the team’s leadership and players manage to maintain a balance between the team’s objectives and each player’s personal objectives while keeping the big picture in mind.
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|India:||Jasprit Bumrah (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Sanju Samson (wk), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Ravi Bishnoi, Prasidh Krishna, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan.|
|Ireland:||Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ross Adair, Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Fionn Hand, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Ben White, Craig Young, Theo van Weorkom.|