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I have given a bat to Harry Tector so he can earn an IPL contract: Hardik Pandya

Tector walked back to the pavilion with an unbeaten 64 off 33 balls against his name.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 27 June 2022 7:45 pm

While India’s one squad prepares themselves for the fifth rescheduled Test against England, the second squad is playing a two-match T20I series against Ireland. The first of which was won by the Men in Blue quite comprehensively. The Hardik Pandya-led India beat Ireland by seven wickets in the first T20I as they chased down 109 with sheer ease. Deepak Hooda played an important role in nailing the tricky chase.

After rain kept players waiting for the start of the game, both teams were given twelve overs to bat once it stopped raining. Ireland got the chance to bat first but India made some early inroads as Bhuvneshwar Kumar got rid of captain Andrew Balbirnie in the first over itself. Shortly after that wicket, Hardik Pandya removed experienced Paul Stirling. For the third wicket, Avesh Khan got Gareth Delany. In no time, Ireland were reduced to 22/3 within the powerplay.

It seemed the hosts will be bundled within 100 runs. However, 22-year-old Harry Tector had other plans. The batter held the fort for Ireland and played a gem of an innings. Tector walked back to the pavilion with an unbeaten 64 off 33 balls against his name. His knock helped Ireland post a fighting total of 108/4 in their 12 overs. Although they lost the match, Tector earned a lot of praise for his innings.

India captain Hardik Pandya reserved high praise for the Irish batter and also gifted him a bat. While talking about Tector at the post-match press conference Pandya said that the 22-yar-old can make a name for himself if he gets the right guidance. Pandya also hoped for Tector to bag an IPL contract sooner than later.

“He played some fantastic shots and obviously he is just 22. I have given him a bat as well so he can hit some more sixes and get an IPL contract. I wish him luck with that. Just look after him well and give him the right guidance. It’s not always about cricket, it’s about understanding your own lifestyle and understanding what is at stake. If he can manage that, he can be around not just in IPL but leagues all around the world,” said Hardik Pandya.

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