Ireland v Ind 1st T20I

When India began chasing 109 in their first T20I against Ireland at Malahide, they sent Deepak Hooda, instead of the usual opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, to start their innings alongside Ishan Kishan. It seemed at the time a tactical decision, as Hoda favored the freer goalscorer in a match that shortened the rain to 12 sides. However, it later turned out that Gaikwad did not hit because he picked up a calf noise.
“Roto was bothering his leg,” India captain Hardik Pandya said in his post-match press conference. “We had the option to risk it and send it off [to open], but I wasn’t feeling well with it. The player’s well-being is more important, and [I thought] We will be able to manage what happens in the match.

“It was so simple after that, there wasn’t much of a decision to be made; whatever our decision was [batting-order] The numbers were, we all went up one point, and that wasn’t a big deal. We wanted to make sure we didn’t take risks with Roto.”

The opening opportunity proved to be a good opportunity for Hoda to showcase his skills, as he was on the bench throughout the recently concluded five-game T20I series against South Africa. Hooda scored the highest goals for India with 47 from 29 unbeaten balls as they jumped to win seven wickets with 16 balls to keep.

Hooda wasn’t the only unused player from the South African series who got a chance here. Imran Malik received his first title in India, an event that caused quite a stir between the draw and the delay in starting the match. But as it turned out, he only managed to hit the ball once in the short cut, gifting four and six to Ireland’s top scorer Harry Tector.

The appearance was too short to draw any conclusions from, and Hardyk had words of encouragement for the fast bowler.

“When you play for India for the first time, and the journey he’s made, it’s important to give a player such time and talent,” he said. “Whether it is a good day or a bad day does not matter. For him, just playing with India is in itself a very big thing, and that is something I am very happy with, [irrespective] How the result went, good or bad, it’s okay.

“It is an integral part of the game, but at the same time, from here he will only improve, the more matches he plays, it is important for him to play for India, and for anyone to play for India. I want to let him enjoy this moment because he does not Come every time. Debut happens only once.”

Hardick had a generous word for Tector as well, revealing he had even given him one of his bats, when asked if Ireland’s unbeaten 64-of-33 ball player had hinted at a future in the IPL.

“He’s played some great shots, he’s obviously 22, I’ve given him a bat too, so maybe he can score six more goals and maybe get an IPL contract, and I wish him well,” said Hardick. “Just take good care of him, give him the right direction. It’s not always about cricket; it’s about understanding your whole lifestyle and what’s at stake. If you can manage that, I’m sure he’ll be there – and not just in the IPL, in all the leagues in the world.” the scientist “.


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