India will take on the Ireland team today for the second T20I. The guests had an easy win against the hosts in the first T20I that puts Ireland in need of some dire changes in their play. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan together added 160 runs to the total team score while Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav took 7 wickets leaking only 59 runs.On the other hand, Ireland has no appreciable performances, other than some spirited bowling attack by Peter Chase and well-timed batting of James Shannon. Let’s have a statistical preview of the second T20I to understand the game plan of both teams for today.
India will join the 5th position alongside England and Australia in the list of teams to have played most T20Is, the moment team takes on the field. India played its 100th T20I on Wednesday and is behind South Africa (103), Sri Lanka (108), New Zealand (111) and Pakistan (128).
Both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have a chance to reach the 2000 runs mark in this game and they are lagging behind by 51 and 17 runs respectively. The one to reach that mark first will become the first non-kiwi to do so, joining the league of Martin Guptill (2,271) and Brendon McCullum (2,140). Kohli and Rohit are placed at the 4th and 5th spot. Apart from these two Indian batsmen, former Skipper MS Dhoni needs 45 runs to reach 1500 mark in the T20Is. If he reaches the mark, he will be the 18th player to do so. Shikhar Dhawan also has an opportunity to make a mark by completing his 1000 run streak in the game. He is 42 runs short in the game. If he reaches the 1000-run landmark he will become the 6th Indian to do so.
Irish bowler George Dockrell is at the 11th spot alongside Nathan McCullum and Dale Steyn in the list of most wicket-takers in T20I. If Dockrell takes just one wicket he will go past McCullum and Steyn.
Siddarth Kaul is one of the uncapped players in the Indian team. It will be interesting to see if he gets the chance to play in the team.