However, Umran Malik could not make his debut against Proteas in the home series.
The IPL 2022’s fastest Indian bowler received his maiden cap from Bhuvneshwar Kumar ahead of the first T20I against Ireland. Umran Malik was picked in the Indian squad for the South Africa series after his excellent performance in the IPL 2022. However, he could not make his debut against Proteas in the home series.
“A dream come true moment!! Congratulations to Umran Malik who is all set to make his T20I debut for #TeamIndia He gets No.98,” BCCI tweeted ahead of the match.
After a brief week of lull, Team India will once again take the yard as they collide with the Irish forces in the first T20I of a two-match series.
India will be riding high on the momentum that they managed to garner after the fourth assignment of the fray where the Indians turned around the game on its head, courtesy of a blitzkrieg from Dinesh Karthik while Avesh Khan cleaned up the South African resistance with a solid four-fer display. Despite being an associate nation, Ireland has proven over the years that they are one team who should not be taken lightly.
Talking about the captaincy
Talking about the captaincy, Pandya said: “Absolute honour to lead India. Any cricket who starts playing dreams of leading the country and I am very lucky to be leading my country. My role is simple. Just back them and ask them to play with freedom. Umran makes his debut.
Andrew Balbirnie, Ireland captain said: “Probably would have bowled because of the weather around. Guys are excited for this series. Really important to play against one of the best teams in the world. Conor Olphert is going to make his debut today.”