As per the latest developments, the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the Indian squad for the Ireland tour. The all-rounder Hardik Pandya is all set to lead Team India in the two-game T20I series, while the pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named his deputy. Meanwhile, the biggest story from the squad is the maiden national call-up for the Maharashtra batter Rahul Tripathi.
India will play two T20 games against Ireland on the 26th of June and the 28th of June in Dublin, ahead of the England tour. While there are not many changes in the Indian T20I squad from the South Africa series, the stand-in skipper Rishabh Pant has been rested as he will feature in the rescheduled Test against England. Shreyas Iyer is also a part of the Indian Test squad for England, hence, he also misses out.
The selection of Rahul Tripathi is the major headline from the squad selection as the BCCI received a ton of criticism for overlooking the SRH batter in the South Africa series. Meanwhile, Suryakumar Yadav has also returned to the squad from injury and Rajasthan Royals’ skipper Sanju Samson has received another shot at the redemption.
Rahul Tripathi earns his maiden national call-up
The 31-year-old batter was in a prime form during the recently-concluded Indian Premier League. He has been one of the most consistent uncapped players in the tournament in the last couple of seasons.
While representing Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2022, Rahul Tripathi made the number three a position of his own as the batter amassed 413 runs in 14 matches at a mighty impressive strike rate of over 158. He is likely to bat at number three for India as well in the absence of Shreyas Iyer.
The fans could not hide their excitement and called Rahul Tripathi’s selection a well-deserving one.
Check out the best reactions here:
So happy to see Rahul Tripathi’s name in the Indian team. Congratulations buddy.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) June 15, 2022
So Happy for Rahul Tripathi man. Well deserved. Hope Samson makes the best use of this outing. Something special about his batting. https://t.co/R3fHtiJXrq
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) June 15, 2022
So good to see Rahul Tripathi’s name in the Indian squad…well deserved👏👏👏… #CricketTwitter
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) June 15, 2022
First #TeamIndia call-up for @tripathirahul52 🙌
Vice captain, the Swing King @BhuviOfficial 💪
The #JammuExpress 🔥
3️⃣ #Risers in the #MenInBlue squad, things we love to see 🧡#OrangeArmy https://t.co/TyNY8nprvA
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) June 15, 2022
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson and Rahul Tripathi in the Ireland T20 series squad. pic.twitter.com/VOeuBFWLyT
— Heisenberg ☢ (@internetumpire) June 15, 2022
Rahul Tripathi's stats in IPL 2022:
Innings – 14
Runs – 413
Average – 37.55
Strike Rate – 158.24
So happy to see Rahul Tripathi finally got a chance for the Indian team, Rahul got a maiden call for T20I Series against Ireland. He performed so well in IPL, and he deserves it.
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) June 15, 2022
Finnally The Wait Is Over
First International Call for Rahul Tripathi pic.twitter.com/toYH6jTrSz
— RK (@MahiGOAT07) June 15, 2022
Rahul Tripathi Get The Maiden Call For Blue Jersey 💙@rahultripathi
— Chetan Dixit (@Chetan_CREATZZ) June 15, 2022
Rahul Tripathi and Sanju Samson finally get chance in team india squad Ireland t20 match. #SanjuSamson #rahultripathi pic.twitter.com/VnS6KQ2ZWH
— Aditya (@pradeep__3576) June 15, 2022