Ireland National Cricket Team batting all-rounder Gareth Delany, who bowls leg-spin, is excited for the battle against middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav and premier pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the upcoming two-match T20I series against India.
The first match of the two-match T20I series between the India National Cricket Team and Ireland National Cricket Team will be played at The Village, Malahide, Dublin on Sunday, June 26.
Meanwhile, Gareth Delany praised India batter Suryakumar and said that he is an “incredibly talented batter”. He added that the veteran pacer Bhuvneshwar is one of the world’s best new-ball bowlers in the shorter format of the game.
“It’d be really cool to bowl to Suryakumar Yadav. He’s an incredibly talented batter who can play 360 degrees and mix it up between power and finesse. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is also one of the world’s best new-ball bowlers in T20 and has a very low economy rate for T20 cricket, so it would be a good challenge to go against someone of his calibre,” said Delany in an official release.
“It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity to go against the world’s best as we start off our international summer of fixtures. It’ll be a very stiff challenge against some of the best players in this format but it’s very exciting all the same. Hopefully, we’ll be able to put in two strong performances.”
Not qualifying for the Super 12 stage was incredibly disappointing – Gareth Delany
Ireland were unable to qualify for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 Super 12 stage after facing the defeat against Namibia.
While talking about not being able to qualify for the Super 12 stage, the Ireland batting all-rounder said that it was an “incredibly disappointing experience”. He said:
“Not qualifying for the Super 12 stage was an incredibly disappointing experience for us as a squad. We’ve a lot of young guys in our squad at the moment so that experience will stand to us and the fixtures that we have this summer will hopefully benefit us going forward.”
Delany further said that the Ireland team will be facing off against some of the best T20I teams before the marquee tournament and they will have an opportunity to prepare well for the World Cup in Australia. He said:
“If we can play to our best, then I’d be pretty confident that we’ll show progress, but it’ll be a very difficult and pressurising few games. We’ve identified areas that we can improve on from that last T20 World Cup to hopefully go one step further later this year in Australia.”
“We’ve a packed summer schedule against some of the best T20 sides in the world so it’ll be a good chance to find out where we are as a team and identify areas we need to work on to be as best prepared for that first game in Australia as possible.”
Notably, after the India series, Ireland will play a 3-match T20I and a 3-match ODI series against New Zealand followed by 2-match T20I series against South Africa. After that Ireland will play a five-match T20I series against Afghanistan.
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