India are scheduled to take on Ireland on a two-match T20I series. India are going to be captained by Hardik Pandya.
File photo of George Dockrell. (Courtesy: Reuters)
- This series will be a test for the youngsters
- Many players in the squad have not played in Irish conditions
- Fans will hope for a few debuts in this series
India are set to take on Ireland in a two-match T20I series. India are set to play under the leadership of Hardik Pandya who is expected to come good as a leader after taking his Indian Premier League franchise Gujarat Titans to victory in their inaugural season. India have taken a fresh-looking squad for the series, which is expected to be a test for many. Several Indian players in the squad have never played in the seaming conditions of Ireland, and it is expected to be a steep learning curve for many players.
On the other hand, it is a great opportunity for the hosts to square up against the biggest stars in the Indian Premier League, who have mesmerised the fans with their talent in the past couple of years.
Speaking about the same, spinner George Dockrell has said that regardless of the experience, this is a very hungry Indian side, and Ireland have to be wary of that.
“Look it’s double edged in the sense that there’d be some inexperience in terms of that group but at the same time, it’s a hungry group of cricketers who are trying to make their mark in international cricket,” the slow left-arm orthodox told Indian Express.
“Yeah, there’s a lot of personnel changes within. It’s quite different I suppose, with the concurrent squads playing across the world. It’s something that we have seen more of off late. But I think with that India team, it’s still full of some world class players,” he added.
Dockrell has squared up against India four times, twice in ODIs and twice in T20Is. He said that every time he plays against India, it is a great learning curve for him.
“Every time I’ve taken the field against India, every single person you go up against pushes you right to where you want to be at this level of international cricket,” he said.
India will hope to put up strong performances against Ireland. Eyes will be on the likes of Umran Malik, Deepak Hooda and Rahul Tripathi, in case they play for Indian in the two matches.