India vs Ireland: Sanju Samson returns as Hardik Pandya explains his decision to bat in 2nd T20I

Hardik Pandya explained the reason behind India’s decision to bat first as the team makes three changes for the second T20I.

Hardik Pandya (Courtesy: PTI)


  • India are looking to seal series with a win
  • Pandya said the wicket looked fine and it seemed like a nice day to bat first
  • Sanju Samson makes a return to the team

Indian captain Hardik Pandya explained why he decided to bat first in the second T20I against Ireland, saying that the team is aiming to put on a good total and try to defend it.

India secured a comfortable win in the first match on Sunday as they chased down 109 runs in 12 overs with seven wickets to spare. They won the toss during the first T20I as well.

This time around, the team is taking a different route and Pandya explained why they decided to bat first. Talking after winning the toss, the Indian skipper said that the wicket looked pretty good and it seemed like a ‘nice sunny day’ to bat first.

“We’re going to bat first, the wicket looks pretty all right. And from what we’ve heard about the weather as well, it looks pretty awesome as well. A nice sunny day to bat on so we just want to put some total in front and kind of stop it,” said Pandya.

The all-rounder said he was happy with the team’s performance in the first game as they ticked all the boxes. He admitted that he expected the wicket to do more and had to change their initial plans.

Pandya also praised the players for adapting to the wicket during the first game.

“We were pretty happy with all the tick box, we kind of clicked. Obviously, when we kind of came to bowl first, we expected the wicket to do much more than what it happened, so we had to kind of change our plans. But credit to the boys that they kind of realized that what kind of this wicket is and what kind of balls will work and which to get them down to that total was pretty commandable,” said Pandya.

The Indian captain revealed that the team made three changes to the team. Sanju Samson came in for the injured Ruturaj Gaikwad, while Harshal Patel and Ravi Bishnoi came in for Avesh Khan and Yuzvebdra Chahla respectively.

“We got three changes. Ruthuraj misses out because of the niggle, and Sanju comes in and Harshal comes in place of Avesh and Ravi Bishnoi comes in place of Chahal,” said Pandya.

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