Hardik Pandya named captain as India squad for T20I series against Ireland announced
After a successful captaincy debut in the 15th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), all-rounder Hardik Pandya is all set to lead Team India in their upcoming tour to the United Kingdom (UK). Indian all-rounder Pandya has been appointed as the leader of the Indian national team for the bilateral white-ball series against Ireland, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed on Wednesday.
After India's forgetful campaign in the 2021 edition of the ICC World T20, all-rounder Pandya opted to take a break from international cricket. The star all-rounder was released by Mumbai Indians (MI) ahead of the IPL 2022. Making a sensational return to the cash-rich league, Pandya propelled debutants Gujarat Titans (GT) to the playoff stage of the 15th season. The local hero of the Gujarat-based franchise also received an India call-up for the South Africa series.
Under the leadership of Pandya, new entrants Gujarat Titans defeated Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the IPL 2022 at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Leading the GT franchise from the front in the IPL 2022, Pandya also emerged as a strong contender for India captaincy in the shortest format. After India's impressive win over South Africa in the 3rd T20I, the BCCI confirmed the appointment of Pandya as the leader of the Indian side for the Ireland series.
Pandya's teammate Rishabh Pant, who is leading Team India in the South Africa T20Is, has been rested from the Ireland series. Newly-appointed captain Pandya will be assisted by his deputy Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the Ireland T20Is. Talking more about the squad announcement, wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson has returned to the national side for the Ireland series. Middle-order batter Rahul Tripathi has also been rewarded for his impactful season in the IPL 2022. The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) batter has received his maiden India call-up for the Ireland series.
Hardik Pandya (C), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vc), Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, R Bishnoi, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.