India vs Ireland: Preview and Prediction

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India will kick off their 2024 ICC T20 World Cup campaign against Ireland on Wednesday

In the Group A showdown, India is poised to take on Ireland at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in Match 8 of the 2024 ICC T20 World Cup on Wednesday.

India enters the contest on the heels of a triumphant performance while Ireland suffered a setback in their warm-up match ahead of the tournament.

While the rumors of a new head coach who will replace Rahul Dravid continue to engulf the Indian camp, the Irish side looks like a more stable unit under the stewardship of Heinrich Malan.

What has happened so far?

Just before the England series and the onset of the Indian Premier League 2024, India squared off against Afghanistan in a gripping three-match T20 series. Despite India clinching a comprehensive 3-0 victory, Afghanistan showcased remarkable resilience, testing India’s supremacy throughout the series.

In the recent warm-up encounter, India opted to bat first and posted a challenging total of 182 runs on the board. Rishabh Pant’s commanding knock of 55 runs and Hardik Pandya’s explosive late surge, adding 40 runs from a mere 23 deliveries, were pivotal in bolstering India’s innings. Backed by a focused bowling effort led by Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, and Shivam Dube, India secured a convincing 60-run triumph.

On the flip side, Ireland engaged in a tri-series against Netherlands and Scotland immediately after wrapping up their series against Pakistan, where they narrowly lost 2-1. While Ireland surprised Pakistan with a stunning victory in the opening match, Pakistan swiftly regained their composure to secure the series win.

In their recent warm-up match against Sri Lanka, although Benni McCarthy and Joshua Little spearheaded a commendable bowling effort to restrict Sri Lanka below 165 runs, Ireland’s chase didn’t start with the desired momentum. 

They lost wickets at regular intervals, ultimately getting bundled out for 122 runs. Despite the challenging situation, Curtis Campher and Paul Stirling displayed resilience with contributions of 26 and 21 runs respectively.

Head to Head Record

In their T20 history, India has faced Ireland on seven occasions, emerging victorious in all encounters, establishing themselves as the dominant force in the contest. 

However, in recent years, Ireland has shown remarkable improvement, narrowing the gap between the two teams. Notably, in two out of their last three encounters, Ireland has lost by a margin of less than five runs.

Key Players

Virat Kohli remains a vital cog in India team’s quest for yet another World Cup glory

Virat Kohli (India): One of the fiercest competitors in the game, Virat Kohli‘s adaptability has been a cornerstone of India’s success in cricket, especially in the dynamic T20 format. Despite being on the other side of his 30s, Kohli remains a pivotal figure in India’s World Cup campaign. 

With an illustrious career spanning 117 matches, he has amassed an impressive tally of 4037 runs at a remarkable average of 51.75. In the T20 format, Kohli has 37 half-centuries and a century to his credit. In the previous ICC T20 World Cup, Kohli’s contribution was invaluable as he accumulated 296 runs from six games.

Paul Stirling (Ireland): When the veteran Irish international takes to the field, he’ll undoubtedly be a lynchpin for Ireland’s hopes against India, guiding his team with his wealth of experience. 

At 33 years old, Paul Stirling stands as the highest run-scorer for his nation, accumulating an impressive tally of 3589 runs from 142 appearances for the national team. Maintaining an average of 27.6 and a striking rate of 135.43, his contributions with the bat have been invaluable to Ireland’s success in the recent past.

Predicted XIs

India: Rohit Sharma ©, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh

Ireland: Paul Stirling ©, Andrew Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Mark Adair, Josh Little, Craig Young, Barry McCarthy


While T20 matches are known for their unpredictability, given the brevity of the format and the abundance of talented players in every team, the Indian team’s resourcefulness poses a formidable challenge for Ireland. Securing a victory against the Men in Blue would be a Herculean task, marking a significant milestone in Ireland’s campaign.