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IND vs IRE: Fans React After Hardik Pandya Named Captain For T20Is Against Ireland

From having an uncertain future and clouded with fitness concerns to now being handed the captaincy duties, 28-year-old Hardik Pandya has had quite a memorable three months. Pandya, who led the Gujarat Titans to the IPL 2022 glory, is the vice-captain for the ongoing T20I series versus South Africa.

Hardik Pandya Named Captain Of Team India

The Baroda all-rounder has been named as the captain of the 17-man squad announced by the BCCI on Wednesday to take on Ireland in a 2-T20I series later this month. The two T20Is will be played in Malahide, Dublin, on June 26 and 28.

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Rishabh Pant, the captain for the South Africa series, and Shreyas Iyer will join the Test squad in England.

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Tripathi, Samson named in the squad:

Rahul Tripathi gets his maiden India call-up while Sanju Samson and Suryakumar Yadav return to the T20I squad. Tripathi had impressed everyone with his exploits in the IPL – scoring 413 runs at strike rate of 158.23.

Samson, who featured in the Sri Lanka series prior to the IPL, was dropped for the South Africa series after an unremarkable IPL season – where he scored 374 runs at 147.24 and took RR to the final. Suryakumar is returning after recovering from a forearm injury that saw him miss the last phase of the IPL and the South Africa series.

Other than these, there isn’t any further change in the squad with both the uncapped pacers, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik, being retained.

India’s T20I squad: Hardik Pandya (Captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vice-captain), Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik

Netizens were appreciative of the selectors putting their faith in Hardik Pandya, the IPL 2022-winning skipper.

Fans on Twitter celebrated Pandya’s elevation to captaincy. Here are there reactions:

 

https://twitter.com/CricKaushik_/status/1537098213458513920

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Jatin Khandelwal

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