India vs Ireland: Selectors considering Hardik Pandya for Captaincy Role for Ireland T20Is

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India vs Ireland: Selectors considering Hardik Pandya for Captaincy Role for Ireland T20Is

India vs Ireland: IPL 2022 Finalist, Gujarat Titans Captain Hardik Pandya is on cloud nine after his team became the first to qualify for the IPL 2022 final right in their debut IPL season. Hardik has impressed one & all with his extraordinary leadership skills & swashbuckling performance as the Captain of the Gujarat Titans team. Considering his positive traits & performances, selectors are mulling his name for the Captaincy role for the Ireland Series.

“Hardik has been impressive. What is more satisfying is that he has become a very responsible player as a captain. He is certainly in the scheme of things for the captaincy role for the Ireland tour,” a member of the selection committee told InsideSport.

Hardik Pandya has led his team Gujarat Titans to laurels of success by utilizing the available resources aptly & taking them to the final of the IPL 2022. He is the highest run-scorer for the franchise & his bowling regularly at 140 kmph. As KL Rahul & Rishabh Pant both will be touring England for a one-off Test match & five-match T20I series along with the Indian team, the post of captain for the Ireland Series stays vacant.

With Shikhar Dhawan already out of contention for T20Is, selectors think that Hardik would fit best in the captaincy role for Ireland T20I Series. Hardik has been termed as the new Captain Cool after leading Gujarat from the front alongside David Miller in a tough 189-run chase against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022 Qualifier 1.

In the IPL 2022, Hardik Pandya scored 453 runs in 14 matches at an average of 45.30 and a strike rate of 132.84 for Gujarat Titans.  After the conclusion of the Ireland series, Hardik will join India’s limited-overs team for two T20I warm-up matches against County sides ahead of their England T20I series.

India vs Ireland: The Squad for the Ireland T20I series & ·limited-overs series against England will be announced after the South Africa series. VVS Laxman will be the coach of the Indian team for the Ireland series as Rahul Dravid will be with the Indian team on their England Tour.

“See, it’s still too early to make any announcements. Hardik is one of the names but a decision will be taken only during the South Africa series. What’s important is that he remains fit and in form. He is a very crucial member of the squad,” the member of the selection committee said.

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