Watch: Crowd goes berserk as Hardik Pandya announces return of Sanju Samson to Playing XI, India captain reacts
- After winning the toss, as Hardik announced the changes for the big game, the crowd went berserk as soon as the India skipper revealed the return of Samson to the XI.
India skipper Hardik Pandya's reaction was pure gold when announced the return of star batter for the second and final T20I match of the series against Ireland in Dublin. After winning the rain-hit opening encounter on Sunday, India now aim to wrap up the series in style before the head to England for the all-important tour.
India made three changes for the second T20I against Ireland - Ruturaj Gaikwad continued his recovery from a niggle and hence Sanju Samson was called up; Harshal Patel was brought in place of Avesh Khan while Ravi Bishnoi was given an opportunity as India rested Yuzvendra Chahal.
After winning the toss, as Hardik announced the changes for the big game, the crowd went berserk as soon as the India skipper revealed the return of Samson to the XI.
Hardik looked at the crowd and reacted saying, “I think they are liking it,”
Talking about the game, Hardik won the toss again and opted to bat first,
“The wicket looks alright and the weather looks awesome and sunny as well. When we bowled first we expected the wicket to do much more than it did. But credit to the boys to keep them down to that total by realizing which balls to bowl,” he said.
Ireland did not make any changes to their XI.
“It is always nice in T20 to chase but we're going to have to do well with the ball to keep these guys to a low total. If we put in a good performance, hopefully we'll get a bit closer. It was Craig Young's 50th T20I and we were happy to hand him a special cap,” said Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie.