Fitness test The Ireland series ahead of the Asia Cup will be a fitness test for the Indian players as fast bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, the legendary Krishna make a comeback after being sidelined for a long time due to injury. In this, the selectors will test the fitness and form of Bumrah-Krishna. Bumrah is returning to international cricket after about 10 months.
Bumrah's Leadership Test Bumrah's leadership quality will also be tested in Ireland, as he is going to captain Team India in a bilateral series for the first time. Prior to this, he was made captain for one Test in England.
Option for team selection Ireland tour is also important in terms of Asia Cup and World Cup team selection, as captain Rohit Sharma and the selectors are going to get answers to many questions in this series of 3 matches. Like who will be the wicketkeeper in case Pant-Rahul is not fit. Who will be the second wicketkeeper if Rahul is fit in place of Pant. The team will also look for number-4 options in case Iyer is not fit. Suryakumar Yadav and Yuva Tilak Verma will be eyeing for this position.
Shubman Gill, who opened with Yashasvi Jaiswal on the West Indies tour, has been rested. In such a situation, vice-captain Rituraj Gaikwad can be seen opening with Jaiswal. Here along with Jaiswal, Gaikwad will also have a chance to prove himself. Jaiswal has scored an average of 45 in 2 T20s against the West Indies. He scored his first half-century in the second T20. He scored an unbeaten 84 off 51 balls.
Gaikwad, who got out for 8 in the ODI against the West Indies, made a comeback to Team India this season with a stellar performance in the IPL. Gayawad scored 540 runs in 16 matches for CSK this season at an average of 42.14.
Team management will try Tilak Verma at number-4. Tilak Verma, who made his debut against the West Indies, scored 173 runs in 5 T20 matches at an average of almost 58. His strike rate has also been above 140. After the end of the West Indies tour, Team India's chief coach also praised Tilak and said that Tilak could prove to be better for the fourth batting order. He is also a lefty. In such a situation, he can contribute a lot for the team. In such a situation, the team management will test Tilak at number four before the Asia Cup, so that the team has the option of Tilak Verma along with Iyer. Tilak has also scored runs in List A at an average of 57 for Mumbai.
IPL star Rinku Singh can be given a chance at number-5. He can debut on this tour. Rinku has won his team KKR on many occasions in IPL. He snatched the victory from the jaws of GT by hitting 5 sixes in the last over. Rinku has scored 343 runs in the last season at an average of around 43. By giving such Rinku a chance at number-5, he can be prepared for the T20 World Cup to be held in West Indies and America next year.
As all-rounders, the performance of Shivam Dubey and Washington Sundar, who is returning from injury, will be tested. Shivam Dubey is a medium pacer all-rounder, while Sundar is a spin all-rounder.
Management can give Dubey a chance to bat at number 6. Hardik Pandya has returned to the team after being given a break from the series. The team management wants the team to have more all-rounder options along with Pandya, who can contribute with the bat as well as fast bowling.
Shivam has also taken 5 wickets with an economy of 10.04 in 13 T20 matches played for Team India. He has scored 105 runs at a strike rate of 135. Also, spinner Washington Sundar has returned to the team after an injury. Akshar-Jadeja got a chance after being given a break. Sundar has played for Team India so far in 35 T20Is, taking 32 wickets and scoring runs at a strike rate of 150. He will be tried to bat at number 7.
Captain Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh and famous Krishna may get a chance in the first T20 International match against Ireland among fast bowlers. Team India would like to test the fitness of the famous Krishna and Bumrah before the Asia Cup and both can find their rhythm.
Also, Ravi Bishnoi can be selected in the spin bowling department. Leg-spinner Bishnoi got a chance in only one match against the West Indies. In such a situation, they can also be given a chance.