Highlights

  • With Test stars unavailable, Hardik named captain for Ireland series
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar to be Hardik's deputy in Ireland
  • Suryakumar Yadav returns after an injury layoff
  • Sanju Samson recalled, uncapped Rahul Tripathi also included

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Hardik Pandya, who is the vice-captain of Team India in the ongoing series against South Africa, will lead the Men in Blue in the two T20Is against Ireland later this month.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who led the Gujarat Titans to the IPL title this year and was appointed the Indian vice-captain ahead of the South Africa series, has been appointed captain for the two T20Is against Ireland later this month.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has had a resurgence in the shortest format, has been named his deputy for the 2-match series.

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Batter Suryakumar Yadav, who has been missing from the South Africa series due to injury, is fit enough to travel to Ireland. The squad also includes Sanju Samson, who took the Rajasthan Royals to the finals of the IPL this year.

The uncapped Rahul Tripathi is also part of the 17-member squad after another good outing in the IPL. Uncapped pacers Umran Malik & Arshdeep Singh, who are yet to play a game against the Proteas, also keep their place in the squad.

Full squad: Hardik Pandya (C), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vc), Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, R Bishnoi, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik

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