Even though India won both T20I with Hardik Pandya as series captain, the victory has come with a bitter taste in the mouth. Pandya has landed himself in the middle of a controversy after a video went viral on social media from the 2nd T20I where the Indian skipper can be heard abusing his teammates after a failed review.
The interaction took place during the 11th over of Ireland’s run-chase when Harshal Patel bowled a slower delivery to Lorcan Tucker which hit him on the pads. There was a clear run-out chance after Tucker tried stealing a single but Indian wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan missed the opportunity before he and Harshal convinced Pandya to take a review for LBW. However, the replays showed the impact was outside off as Tucker survived.
Meanwhile, the Men in Blue defeated Ireland by four runs in the 2nd T20I at The Village in Dublin on Tuesday (June 28). It was a thrilling encounter between the two sides as Ireland came close to the target of 226 runs but eventually fell short in the end. Umran Malik went on to defend 17 runs in the final over to help India save the game and notch the two-match series 2-0.
It was a memorable debut series for Pandya as captain of the Indian team with the Men in Blue clean sweeping Ireland 2-0.
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