The Indian cricket team will take on hosts Ireland in the first T20I of the two-match series at the Malahide Cricket Club Ground in Dublin on Sunday, June 26. The match will start at 9:00 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).
India will miss the services of some of their star players including Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja, who are currently playing in the tour match against Leicestershire ahead of the rescheduled England-India fifth Test at Edgbaston starting July 1.
In the absence of India’s regular T20I captain Rohit Sharma, who has tested positive for COVID-19, India will be led by Hardik Pandya for the first time.
On the other hand, Andrew Balbirnie-led Ireland will look to provide a tough fight to India at their home.
IRE vs IND Dream11 prediction
India have a dominant head-to-head record against Ireland in the T20I format, winning all the three matches that they have played so far. The last time Ireland hosted India in 2018, the visitors won both the T20I matches comprehensively.
Going by past head-to-head record and recent form, IND will start as overwhelming favourites against IRE heading into Sunday’s T20I encounter.
IRE vs IND Dream11 team tips for India tour of Ireland 2022
Top Tip: Best batter
India’s Ishan Kishan will be the player to watch out for in the first T20I. The swashbuckling opening batter was the highest run-getter in the recently-concluded T20I series against South Africa, amassing 206 runs in five matches at a strike rate of 150.36 and an average of 41.20. Kishan will look to continue his impressive form against Ireland on Sunday.
Top Tip: Best bowler
Among the bowlers, India’s vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar could once again be the difference-maker. The 32-year-old fast bowler will be high on confidence after being adjudged the Player of the Series against South Africa. He picked six wickets in five matches at an impressive economy of just 6.07. Considering the conditions in Dublin, Bhuvneshwar could be the wrecker-in-chief for India and will be a worthy fantasy pick for this match.
Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper
As far as all-rounders are concerned, India captain Hardik Pandya will be the overwhelming choice. Hardik scored 117 runs at a strike rate of 153.94 and an average of 58.50 against South Africa. Apart from his batting credentials, Hardik has bowl crucial overs for his team. At 9.5 credits, he could be a valuable addition to any fantasy team.
For the wicket-keeper spot, India’s Dinesh Karthik pips Lorcan Tucker of Ireland. Karthik has been in great form with the bat recently, scoring 92 runs at a strike rate of 158.62 against South Africa. He has also been safe behind the stumps. The India wicket-keeper will be a good fantasy pick at 9 credits.
IRE vs IND full squads
India: Hardik Pandya (captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vice-captain), Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), 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
Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny (wicket-keeper), Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Conor Olphert, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wicket-keeper), Craig Young
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