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In the last season of IPL, Hardik Pandya proved his leadership ability and made the team the champion.

Hardik Pandya, who made Gujarat Titans IPL champions in his debut season, has been named Team India captain during the Ireland tour. At that time India’s main team will be in England. This would mean that Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant will also not be available for the Ireland tour. With this in mind, Pandya was given the team command for two T20 international matches against Ireland.

Hardik, who was absent from the pitch since the T20 World Cup 2021, made a comeback in IPL 2022 and made Gujarat Titans a strong performance winner from the very first season. The BCCI rewarded Hardik for this. He was named vice-captain in the first round against South Africa and will now be captain for the Tour of Ireland.

Team India on tour in Ireland
Hardik Pandya (captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vice-captain), Ishan Kishan, Rituraj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.

The Indian team are due to play two T20 matches against Ireland on June 26 and 28 in Dublin. Meanwhile, India’s main squad will leave for England on June 16.

KL Rahul was injured ahead of the T20I series against South Africa.

KL Rahul was injured ahead of the T20I series against South Africa.

KL Rahul couldn’t recover from an injury
Meanwhile, news is also coming that the injured KL Rahul will miss the test match against England starting July 1 in Birmingham. Rahul has been named captain of the five ongoing T20I series against South Africa. But, before the first match played in Delhi, he got injured and was ruled out of the whole series. After that, Pant was made captain and Pandya was made vice-captain. BCCI sources said Rahul is yet to recover from his injury. They will therefore not be able to play test matches in England.

Rahul has to take a fitness test
Rahul is due to take a fitness test at the end of this week. But, medical experts associated with the team believe the chances of Rahul getting back to full fitness in time are slim.

The Indian team was unable to play the fifth Test last year
The Indian team was unable to play the fifth and final test match of the series due to the Corona outbreak during the England tour last year. Then it was decided that this test match would be played in 2022. Previously, India was only scheduled to play ODI and T20I series in this year’s tour of England.

Shubman Gill can open
In Rahul’s absence, Shubman Gill could have a chance to open the innings in the test match against England. The captain of the second opening team will be Rohit Sharma. Sources said the coaches aren’t looking for a replacement for Rahul. There is only one test match to be played, so there is no need for a substitution.

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