India will take on Ireland in a two-match T20I series. The Men in Blue have reached the European country and are ready to take on the rivals under Hardik Pandya’s captaincy. Rahul Tripathi, who showed his masterclass for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2022, has got his maiden call-up.

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has lauded the national selection committee for giving Rahul a chance to prove his worth.

“He doesn’t believe in dot balls. The scorecard keeps ticking when he is there at the crease,” he said.

“Rahul has all the shots in his arsenal and doesn’t let any bowler dominate him. He scores his runs at a good rate. Tripathi sets up things beautifully while batting at No.3.”

In 14 games, he scored 413 runs, including three half-centuries. Despite his good batting, SRH finished eighth in the points table.

Tripathi had expressed his happiness after receiving his maiden call-up.

“I am happy that selectors rewarded me with a place in the Indian team. If I get an opportunity to play, I will give my best,” he said.

Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson have been included. Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh, who couldn’t find a place in South Africa series, are part of the tour.

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