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Jasprit Bumrah-led Indian Team to Depart for Ireland on August 15

By Akanksha - August 12, 2023 - Last updated on Aug 13, 2023 01:30 AM
Jasprit Bumrah-led Indian Team to Depart for Ireland on August 15

Cricket enthusiasts around the world are eagerly awaiting the upcoming T20 series between India and Ireland, which is set to kick off on August 18. However, there's a surprising twist in the coaching staff lineup as VVS Laxman will not be accompanying the Bumrah-led Indian side. In this blog post, we delve into the details of this unexpected development and also explore the potential signing of Ambati Rayudu by Joburg Super Kings for the upcoming SA20 season.

Laxman's Absence in Ireland Series:

As the Indian squad gears up for the Ireland T20I series, all eyes were on VVS Laxman, the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), who was expected to lead the coaching staff in the absence of Rahul Dravid and his team. However, recent reports have surfaced indicating that Laxman will not be joining the team in Dublin. This revelation has sparked curiosity and intrigue among fans and cricket analysts alike.

 VVS Laxman

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With Rahul Dravid's coaching team currently engrossed in the final phase of the bilateral series against West Indies in the US, the assumption was that Laxman, being a prominent figure in Indian cricket, would step in to take charge. Nonetheless, the responsibility of overseeing the support staff will now fall to other coaches, including Sitanshu Kotak and Sairaj Bahutule.

Bumrah's Much-Awaited Comeback:

While Laxman's absence is a topic of discussion, the spotlight remains firmly on Jasprit Bumrah, who is set to lead the Indian side against Ireland. This series holds paramount importance as it marks Bumrah's comeback to competitive cricket after a hiatus that lasted since September 2022. Bumrah's journey post his back surgery in February has been keenly followed, especially given his crucial role in India's World Cup plans.

The series against Ireland will provide a vital glimpse into Bumrah's progress and form. Cricket enthusiasts and experts alike are intrigued to see how he has evolved and adapted his game since his surgery. Bumrah's return is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated events in the cricketing world, and his performance in this series will undoubtedly set the tone for India's upcoming campaigns.

Team Assembly and Dublin-bound Flight:

The Indian team is set to assemble in Dublin in two separate groups. One batch, currently in Miami for the last two T20Is against West Indies, will make their way from the United States. On the other hand, Bumrah and the rest of the contingent are scheduled to depart from Mumbai early on Tuesday.

This unique mode of assembly highlights the global nature of cricket and the diverse locations from which players converge to represent their nation. The excitement is palpable as fans anticipate the arrival of the Indian squad on Irish soil.

Rayudu's Potential Move to Joburg Super Kings:

In a completely different twist, rumors have emerged that Ambati Rayudu might join Joburg Super Kings for the second season of SA20. After recently being signed by St Kitts & Nevis Patriots for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season, Rayudu's potential move has garnered significant attention.

A veteran of Chennai Super Kings, Rayudu initially announced his participation in the inaugural season of Major League Cricket (MLC) in the US with the Texas Super Kings. Unfortunately, he had to withdraw due to personal and family reasons. Now, the management of Joburg Super Kings is in discussions regarding his possible inclusion.


As the cricketing world buzzes with excitement and anticipation, the upcoming Ireland T20I series takes center stage with Bumrah's return being the highlight. While VVS Laxman's absence has raised eyebrows, the coaching staff under Kotak and Bahutule's guidance will strive to lead the Indian team to victory. Additionally, Ambati Rayudu's potential move to Joburg Super Kings adds another layer of intrigue to the cricketing landscape. As the action-packed weeks unfold, fans are in for a thrilling ride of cricketing excellence and unexpected developments. Stay tuned for more updates as these events unfold on the global cricketing stage.

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