UK Tour Begins
After more than a decade, Ireland will be hosting India for a series. Ireland will be stoked to go after India and prove their worth. They feel that they have more fire power than the last time they faced off and Ireland captain Gary Wilson is definitely confident of getting some positive results.
Ireland have been faring decently when put up against formidable opponents. They have also done pretty well for a low ranked team in the previous T20 World Cups, and have been known for pulling off some major upsets. India better be wary of that.
Obviously India will be a difficult opponent for Ireland. They will be in for a different team this time, as Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni are the only familiar faces from last time. A whole new transformation has occurred and due to that, now India has Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzwendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav to throw at Ireland. Due to conditions, India will have to see whether to play both the wrist spinners or play a pace bowler in place of one. Both Yadav and Chahal have impressed in the IPL and virtually deserve a spot, to test out their abilities in conditions which won't be favouring them.
Ireland also have a change in personnel, with having Gary Wilson as captain, and introduction of younger talents to test out India's top order. Ireland have continued their rise with their core players consisting of Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, Kevin O'Brien and Boyd Rankin. George Dockrell's talents have been utilized well and has definitely changed the dynamics of the team for the better. It has been consistently seen that for Ireland to win, one of their core players has to perform well.
It is always interesting to see lower ranked teams performing against top ranked teams, and to see whether they are reaching the levels of their opponents to bring about a good competitive game. It also allows them to get better and do well in the future. More teams performing well can bring about more exciting cricket and obviously that is all we want to see.
- Shubham Anuraj, 6:27PM, 27 June, 2018