Hardik Pandya made his international debut as India’s captain on Sunday against Ireland in the first T20I. Even though the game was largely postponed, it could ultimately be played with 12 overs on each side, and India won by seven wickets. Pandya had a strong performance, scooping up a wicket and hitting 24 runs off only 12 balls.

Yuzvendra Chahal, who bowled three overs and gave up only 11 runs while also collecting a wicket, was ultimately named player of the game. Chahal praised Pandya’s squad leadership, praising how the all-rounders provided his bowlers with the flexibility to carry out strategies.

“He gave me the freedom to bowl anything I wanted. “The environment is relaxed under Hardik, and he provided me the opportunity to carry out my ideas,” Chahal remarked during the post-game awards ceremony. Chahal also made light of the difficulties of playing in the cold in Malahide. “Challenging (in these cold conditions). Today, I felt like a finger spinner. It might be challenging at times, but you must adjust to any situation, “Chahal said.

Team India was able to reach the goal of 109 runs with seven wickets remaining because of the contributions of Deepak Hooda and Hardik Pandya, who each scored 47 runs off 29 balls and 24 runs off 12 balls, respectively. Craig Young was the best bowler for Ireland, taking two wickets, while Joshua Little was content with only one. Harry Tector’s unbeaten 64 earlier in the first innings helped Ireland defeat India by 108/4. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chahal, Hardik Pandya, and Avesh Khan each claimed one wicket for the visitors.