Hardik Pandya and Team India got off to a perfect start by winning the first T20I without much hassle.
On Sunday, the IPL-winning captain Hardik Pandya became the 9th player to captain Team India in the shortest format of the game. While the skipper comfortably led India to a victory to take a 1-0 lead in the series, he also created a unique record that any previous Indian T20I captain failed to achieve.
The 28-year-old became the first player for the Men in Blue to take a wicket as a captain in the T20I.
After a delay due to heavy rain, the match was reduced to 12 overs per side.
Hardik bowled the 2nd over when Ireland were already a wicket down, thanks to Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s brilliant first over.
The Indian captain got rid of the ‘big fish’ Paul Stirling on the second delivery of his spell. The Irish player hit the ball towards the cover region where Deepak Hooda made no mistake.
With that wicket, Hardik became the first Indian captain to take a wicket in the T20I. However, in all fairness to other captains, they were proper batters. No proper bowler or all-rounder has ever been assigned the leadership role for India in T20I.
MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Rishabh Pant have led India in the past.
While Suresh Raina and Virender Sehwag were occasional bowlers, they captained the side for four collective matches and failed to pick any wicket.
Nevertheless, Hardik’s name goes into the history books with this record.