India and Ireland are all set to play a series of 3-T20s in Ireland. The series in itself is dubious ahead of the ICC ODI World Cup, which is only 2 months away as of the time of drafting this article. However, it could still be crucial as many IPL performers will be tested to their abilities in pulling off a victory against the team that has the ability to deliver an upset. Jasprit Bumrah is returning to the team as its skipper. He was out of action for 11 months on account of sustaining injury.
BCCI shared a video of Bumrah delivering his spells on the net with the description, the moment we have all been waiting for.
IPL performers who have found space under his captaincy are Rinku Singh, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Yashasvi Jaiswal, among others. The management of the Indian Cricket Team will also have their eyes glued to how Bumrah performs throughout the series. Bumrah is likely to appear in the upcoming ODI World Cup. The goal of the series, specifically in his relevance, is to check his fitness and rhythm.
Ireland will host visitors at The Village, Dublin, on August 18, 2023, at 7:30 pm IST. The pitch is teased as a balanced one – suitable for batters and bowlers alike. However, fast bowlers enjoy it more as compared to spinners. Initial overs will see some swing come into play. Following that, batters could dominate the game if spinners don’t clinch wickets in the middle overs.
A total of 16 cricket games have been played in the venue. Interestingly, Ireland has won only 2 times, while visitors have been able to win 8 times against them. That’s harsh, but neutral teams have won their matches 6 times to bring a sense of decency to the pitch. Teams have successfully chased the scoreboard 9 times. The ones to bat first could win 7 times. This could be the result of the pitch condition fading away as the game progresses.
India is a favorite to win among the top cricket betting sites. They were favorites against West Indies, too – every fan knows how that turned out during the T20 series. Now, the stakes may not be high, but exceptional performance is still expected out of the team that is the future of the country’s representation in the sport on the international stage.
Ireland will be led by Paul Stirling. He has the backing of Andrew Balbirnie, a 32-year-old right-handed batter with over 1,900 runs in the shorter format. Also helping him would be Harry Tector, a 23-year-old right-handed batter who does not shy away from spilling out his right-arm off-break throws. Harry has a strike rate of 122.06 throughout 56 innings. India are favorites to win the series versus Ireland starting August 18, 2023. Fans may still want to expect the unexpected.