After ending the T20I series against South Africa at 2-2, India are ready for their next assignment which is their T20Is against Ireland. The Hardik Pandya-led team will lock horns with the Irish side in the first of the two fixtures on June 26, Sunday. The series will be significant as India will try and give opportunities to new faces and try fresh combinations, keeping in mind the T20 World Cup later this year, while Ireland will be in international cricket action after 4 months.
Numbers and Stats before the start of IRE vs IND 1st T20I:
2 – Craig Young needs 2 more wickets to pick 50 wickets in T20Is. Andy McBrine needs 2 more wickets to pick 100 wickets in International Cricket.
3 – India and Ireland have faced each other thrice in T20Is and India have won all three of them.
4 – Bhuvneshwar Kumar needs 4 more wickets to surpass Jasprit Bumrah and become the leading wicket-taker for India in T20Is among pace bowlers.
4 – Paul Stirling needs 4 more Sixes to become the first Player to smash 100 Sixes for Ireland in T20Is.
9 – Hardik Pandya will become the 9th captain to lead India in T20Is. The other 8 Indians to lead India in T20I are Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant.
143 – Last time when India faced Ireland at same ground in 2018, they recorded their biggest margin of win (by 143 runs) in T20I history. India vs Ireland, 2018 remains the only T20I game where India won by a margin of more than 100 runs in the shortest format.
380 – Hardik Pandya has a strike rate of 380 vs Ireland in T20Is. He has played 2 T20Is against Ireland in 2018 and his scores were 6*(1) & 32*(9) at The Village ground in Dublin (Malahide).
500 – Ishan Kishan needs 5 more runs while Dinesh Karthik needs 9 more runs to complete 500 runs in T20Is.
1959 – Hardik Pandya will be 5th Player to Captain India in 2022. Last and only time Indian team used 5 Captains in international Cricket was way back in 1959.
Players to Captain Indian Men’s team in International Cricket during 1959:
Players to Captain Indian Men’s team in international Cricket during 2022:
Hardik Pandya (Will Captain India tomorrow)