India vs. Ireland series concludes with Bumrah’s successful return. New talents Jitesh, Shahbaz, Avesh eyed for opportunities. Weather concerns as Ireland seeks first win against dominant India.
In what has been a successful series for India against Ireland, the attention now turns to some fresh faces and potential lineup changes. The spotlight remains on Jasprit Bumrah, who is back in action and leading the Indian team. With the series already secured, India might experiment with their lineup, providing opportunities to Jitesh Sharma, Shahbaz Ahmed, and Avesh Khan.
Bumrah and Krishna’s Comeback Shines
The Ireland series has been notable for the comeback performances of Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna. Both bowlers have returned to form and fitness, impressing with their performances and earning spots in the upcoming Asia Cup squad. Bumrah’s return to the bowling attack has added an extra dimension to India’s bowling prowess.
Unearthing Talent: Jitesh, Shahbaz, and Avesh
With the series victory secured, India could give chances to some players who have been on the bench during the series. Jitesh Sharma, an explosive batsman known for his aggressive approach from the first ball, might finally earn his India cap. Shahbaz Ahmed, coming off a successful haul of wickets in the Deodhar Trophy, provides India with another all-round option, possibly replacing the established Washington Sundar. Avesh Khan, once a promising force with the white ball, might get a chance to showcase his improvements after addressing previous flaws.
As India contemplates changes, Ireland faces the uphill task of competing against a formidable Indian team. The first game of the series saw Ireland slump to 59 for 6 against returning bowlers who were not yet at their peak. While conceding runs isn’t uncommon in T20 cricket, Ireland’s batsmen need to step up significantly if they want to secure their first win against India in ten attempts.
Form and Conditions
India enters the match with a strong form, having won four out of their last five completed matches. In contrast, Ireland has struggled, winning just two out of their last five.
Weather conditions for the match are expected to be mildly sunny with patches of cloud cover and windiness. Rain is also predicted, especially later in the evening. With a 3pm local time start, the game might witness interruptions, but efforts will be made to ensure a completed match.
For India, the possible lineup could include Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Sanju Samson/Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar/Shahbaz Ahmed, Arshdeep Singh/Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Jasprit Bumrah (capt), and Prasidh Krishna.
Ireland might consider giving a debut to Christchurch-born left-arm spinner Theo van Woerkom in place of legspinner Ben White. Other potential changes include Ross Adair or Gareth Delany in the batting order.
As India and Ireland gear up for their final clash in the series, the focus is not just on the result but also on nurturing emerging talent and experimenting with lineup options. For Ireland, the challenge remains to put up a strong performance against a dominant Indian team and potentially secure their first victory against them.