Ireland Playing XI vs IND: Paul Stirling, Craig Young remains Ireland’s X-FACTORS, but who else could trouble the Indians? Check out Ireland Playing XI, Follow IND vs IRE 1st T20I Live Updates

Ireland Playing XI vs IND: IND vs IRE Live Updates – Though it is only a two-match affair, the upcoming T20I series…

Ireland Playing XI vs IND: IND vs IRE Live Updates – Though it is only a two-match affair, the upcoming T20I series against India will be a big opportunity for the Irish players to make their mark on the big stage. The boys in green will be banking on a mix of experienced and young players, all of whom will be eager to steal the show. Follow IND vs IRE Live Updates, India vs Ireland Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

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Speaking to the media ahead of the first T20I, Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie opened up on how it is a dream of most of his players to play in the IPL.

Ireland Playing XI vs IND: Paul Stirling, Craig Young remains Ireland’s X-FACTORS, but who else could trouble the Indians? Check out Ireland Playing XI, Follow IND vs IRE 1st T20I Live Updates

We have a number of players who are good at the T20 format. We are all aware of how competitive it is to get into the IPL. That’s a huge ambition for a lot of us. That’s the pinnacle of T20 cricket. You see how quickly certain players develop when they get access to the league. We have a number of players who play in different leagues but not the IPL. When they come back to the Irish team, they bring a lot of experience and learning,” said Balbirnie.

Hence, it is quite clear that the Irish cricketers will try to use this opportunity as perhaps the stepping stone towards an IPL contract. One of Ireland’s biggest weapons is a player who should have had an IPL contract by now – Paul Stirling.

Ireland Playing XI vs IND: Paul Stirling, Craig Young remains Ireland's X-FACTORS, but who else could trouble the Indians? Check out Ireland Playing XI, Follow IND vs IRE 1st T20I Live Updates
Paul Stirling is Ireland’s deadliest weapon

The opening batter has played over 100 T20I matches for his nation and has scored nearly 3000 runs. Besides that, Craig Young was in sublime form in Ireland’s last T20I expedition in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A. The pacer is just 2 wickets away from reaching the tally of 50 T20I wickets.

Debutants on the cards?

Ireland Playing XI vs IND: Paul Stirling, Craig Young remains Ireland's X-FACTORS, but who else could trouble the Indians? Check out Ireland Playing XI, Follow IND vs IRE 1st T20I Live Updates
Stephen Doheny could be handed his international debut

Ireland have called up two newbies to their squad – wicketkeeper-batter Stephen Doheny and bowler Conor Olphert. Among them, the former is likely to get a chance in the playing XI, given that Balbirnie’s team is slightly short on the batting front. Doheny is a 23-year-old youngster who can mould his game according to the demand of the situation.

Ireland Playing XI vs IND: Paul Stirling, Craig Young remains Ireland’s X-FACTORS, but who else could trouble the Indians? Check out Ireland Playing XI, Follow IND vs IRE 1st T20I Live Updates

What will be Ireland’s bowling combination?

Given’s India’s strong batting lineup, it is absolutely a must for Ireland to nail their bowling combination. Balbirnie is expected to play three pacers and a couple of spinners. Craig Young, Josh Little and Mark Adair could form the pace trio, with Andy McBrine and George Dockrell being the spin twins.

Ireland Probable Playing XI:

  • Andrew Balbirnie (captain)
  • Paul Stirling
  • Harry Tector
  • Stephen Doheny
  • Gareth Delany/Curtis Campher
  • Lorcan Tucker (wicketkeeper)
  • George Dockrell
  • Mark Adair
  • Josh Little
  • Andy McBrine
  • Craig Young

Ireland squad for the T20 series against India:

Andrew Balbirnie (C), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Conor Olphert, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

India squad for Ireland: Hardik Pandya (C), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vc), Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, R Bishnoi, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.

Ireland Men v India Men T20I series

• Sunday 26 June: Ireland v India, 1st T20I (Malahide)
• Tuesday 28 June: Ireland v India, 2nd T20I (Malahide)

Ireland Playing XI vs IND: Paul Stirling, Craig Young remains Ireland’s X-FACTORS, but who else could trouble the Indians? Check out Ireland Playing XI, Follow IND vs IRE 1st T20I Live Updates

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