IND vs IRE: It Will Be Interesting To See If Sanju Samson Can Maintain Consistency- Danish Kaneria

Danish Kaneria

Former Pakistan bowler Danish Kaneria believes that while Sanju Samson performed admirably in the 2nd T20I against Ireland, he will need to be more steady in order to keep his place in the Indian team.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, who suffered injuries in the first match, was replaced in India’s playing XI for the final T20I in Dublin on Tuesday. The right-hander jumped at the chance, scoring 77 runs off 42 pitches at the top of the lineup.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson Image: Twitter

Kaneria believes Samson cannot afford to throw any opportunities now, given the high level of competition for the wicket – keeper position in the Indian team. He stated that the Kerala-born batsman will have to fight for a place with Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, and Dinesh Karthik.

Deepak Hooda-Dinesh Karthik India vs Ireland
Deepak Hooda-Dinesh Karthik Photo Credit: (Getty Images)

“The T20 World Cup 2022 is rapidly approaching, and India has a plethora of options for the wicketkeeper’s role, including Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Ishan Kishan, and Sanju Samson.” Samson was given the chance (against Ireland) and took advantage of it. But it continues to remain to be seen whether he can maintain consistency” Kaneria stated on his YouTube channel.

‘Deepak Hooda is in tremendous form’: Danish Kaneria

Danish Kaneria highlighted Hooda’s increasing self-assurance. He also emphasized how the batsman in both games was successful in capturing the opposing bowlers.

“Deepak Hooda is in fantastic shape. He also performed admirably in the opening contest. He played a truly great knock today against Ireland. He and Sanju Samson had a great game. He is now playing with more assurance” Danish Kaneria said.

Deepak Hooda. PC- Getty
Deepak Hooda. (Photo: Getty)

On Tuesday, Hooda scored a magnificent century to lead India to a commanding total of 225. In the match, he scored 104 runs off just 57 deliveries. India won the second T20I by four runs, giving them a remarkable 2-0 series victory over Ireland.

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IRE vs IND: I Backed Umran Malik, With His Pace It’s Always Going To Be Tough To Get 18 Runs – Hardik Pandya On Giving Final Over To Pacer

Hardik Pandya and Umran Malik. PC-Twitter

India captain Hardik Pandya, after the second T20I against Ireland, explained the real reason behind giving the crucial final over of the match to the young express pacer Umran Malik.

India won the second T20I match of the two-match T20I series against Ireland on Tuesday, June 28 at The Village, Dublin, by a small margin of 4 runs even after scoring 225 runs.

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Hardik Pandya and Andrew Balbirnie, India vs Ireland, IRE vs IND
Hardik Pandya and Andrew Balbirnie (India vs Ireland) (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Speaking after the match, Hardik Pandya said that he backed Umran and gave him the final over because it was always going to be difficult to score runs off his express pace in the final over.

“I was trying to keep all the pressure out of my equation. I wanted to be in the present and I backed Umran. He has pace, with his pace it’s always going to be tough to get 18 runs. They played some amazing shots, they batted very well, credit to them and credit to our bowlers for holding their nerves,” Pandya said in the post-match presentation.

The crowd, their favourite boys were Dinesh and Sanju – Hardik Pandya

Deepak Hooda-Dinesh Karthik India vs Ireland
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The Indian captain further said that the wicketkeeper-batters Sanju Samson and Dinesh Karthik were crowd favourites in the match.

“The crowd, their favourite boys were Dinesh and Sanju. Great experience to experience this side of the world. A lot of support comes for us, we try to entertain them and hope we did that. Thanks to everyone who supported us,” said the India captain.

“As a child, it’s always a dream to play for your country. Leading and getting the first win was special, now winning the series is special as well. Happy for Deepak and Umran,” he added.

Meanwhile, India batter Deepak Hooda won the Player of the Match award in the second T20I and he also won the Player of the Series award. Notably, Hooda smashed a sensational century in the second T20I.

Deepak Hooda. PC- Getty
Deepak Hooda. (Photo: Getty)

Also Read: IRE vs IND: Twitter Reacts As India Manage To Stave Off Ireland For A Close 4-Run Win; Wins Series 2-0

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IND vs IRE: India’s Predicted Playing XI Against Ireland, 2nd T20I

India vs Ireland 2nd T20I

India goes head to head against Ireland in the second T20I in Dublin on Thursday, June 28. The visitors won the first T20I and are now looking to complete a whitewash against the Irish side. The Indian team will then take on England in a full-fledged series starting with the one-off Test in Edgbaston.

India won the first ODI comfortably by seven wickets with Deepak Hooda scoring an unbeaten 47 to take his side home. Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan also contributed. Umran Malik was given his maiden T20I cap but bowled only one over.

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Indian Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

The series is being seen as experimentation with players looking to make a case for their T20 World Cup selection in the Indian squad. The second T20I gives the management another opportunity to test its bench strength.

The likes of Arshdeep Singh and Rahul Tripathi are all waiting to make their debut for India and this game is a great opportunity to do so. In this article, we predict India’s playing XI for the second IND vs IRE T20I.

IND vs IRE: India’s Predicted Playing XI Against Ireland, 2nd T20I

Rahul Tripathi

Rahul Tripathi (Image Credits: Twitter)
Rahul Tripathi (Image Credits: Twitter)

Ruturaj Gaikwad injured his calf just before India’s chase which saw him miss out on the opportunity to bat. His injury makes a perfect case for Rahul Tripathi to be given his maiden T20I cap and allow him to open the batting.

Also Read: IND vs IRE: Hardik Pandya Not Permanent Captaincy Option, Says Sarandeep Singh; Needs To Prove His Fitness In ODIs

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