India tour of Ireland: Bhuvneshwar Kumar credits IPL for Umran Malik’s debut in the 1st T20I against Ireland

Umran Malik received his India T20I cap from Bhuvneshwar Kumar ahead of the opening match against Ireland on Sunday. India registered a comfortable 7-wicket win in Dublin.

Umran Malik was named in the Indian squad for the two-match T20I series against Ireland in spite of not getting a go against South Africa in the recent home series. (Courtesy: PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India beat Ireland by 7 wickets in the first T20I
  • Umran Malik bowled one over and conceded 14 runs
  • India will take on Ireland in 2nd T20I on June 28

Bhuvneshwar Kumar credited the Indian Premier League for Umran Malik’s debut for India in T20I cricket. Malik’s speed came into the spotlight during the 2022 edition of the IPL while he was playing for SunRisers Hyderabad.

The 22-year-old received his India cap from SunRisers and now India teammate Bhuvneshwar ahead of the first T20I against Ireland, which India comfortably won by seven wickets.

“Umran and other youngsters from around the world have made their debut because of the IPL which is great,” Bhuvneshwar said after the match.

Malik had a memorable outing in the recent IPL, taking 22 wickets in his 14 outings for SunRisers. He became overall the fourth highest wicket-taker in the 2022 season and the highest wicket-taker for SunRisers. His impressive performance opened the door to the Indian dressing room as the BCCI named him in the squad for the home T20I series against South Africa.

Although Malik didn’t get a game against South Africa, he was named in the Indian squad for the two-match T20I series against Ireland. In his first outing wearing the India colours, the fast bowler bowled only one over as he conceded 14 runs.

Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar struck early after captain Hardik Pandya put Ireland into bat. The veteran pacer took one wicket and gave 16 runs in his three overs, including a maiden over.

Talking about his own performance, Bhuvneshwar said: “There was swing with the new ball, it got better after 5-6 overs. Thought it would get harder with the moisture, but didn’t. It’s good to bowl Test match line and length. Glad it worked out. We get good support wherever we go.”

India will take on Ireland in the second T20I on June 28 in Dublin.

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