facing India In their backyard, notably facing middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav as well as senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, leg-spin all-rounder Gareth Delany is plenty ahead of the T20I match in Malahide on June 26 and 28. are keen.
Delaney, who has played 12 ODIs and 37 T20Is for Ireland, has sold out tickets for both the matches and is expected to do well against Suryakumar and Bhuvneshwar.
“It would be really nice to bowl to Suryakumar Yadav. He is an incredibly talented batsman who can play 360 degrees and mix it between power and finesse. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is also one of the best bowlers in the world in T20 and his economy rate is very low for T20 cricket, so going against his caliber will be a good challenge,” Delany said in an official release.
After two T20Is against India, Ireland have to host New Zealand for three ODIs and as many T20Is, followed by two T20Is against South Africa before hosting. Afghanistan For the five-match T20I series. But this is the chance to impress and show off his skills against India that is Delany’s focus right now.
“It is an incredibly exciting opportunity to go up against the best in the world as we begin our international summer of fixtures. It will be a very tough challenge against some of the best players in this format but it is very exciting. Hopefully we will be able to put up two strong performances.”
Ireland on track to resume their T20 style after being unable to qualify for the Super 12 stage of the 2021 Men’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year. Not going to the Super 12 stage after a crushing loss to Namibia was something that Delany admitted was difficult to take.
“Not qualifying for the Super 12 stage was an incredibly frustrating experience for us as a team. We have a lot of youngsters in our squad at the moment so that experience stands in for us and the fixtures we have in place this summer will hopefully benefit us going forward. ,
With Ireland’s busy T20I schedule and the addition of new head coach Henrik Malan, Delany is optimistic about the series against India, which is their starting point for the first round of the men’s T20 World Cup in Australia at the end of the year. where they are placed with Scotland. , a two-time champion of the West Indies and yet known as the winner of the global qualifier B.
“If we can do our best, I am sure we will show progress, but it will be some very difficult and stressful games. We have identified areas on which we can improve from that last T20 World Cup. and hopefully take a step forward in Australia later this year.
“We have a summer schedule against some of the best T20 sides in the world so this will be a good opportunity to figure out where we are as a team and identify areas we need to work on so that We can be best prepared for it. The first match in Australia as long as possible.”