Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Saba Karim believes that the Indian team management should try out the youngsters in the Ireland T20Is. He added that the players like Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh could play in the series.
The first match of the two-match T20I series between Hardik Pandya-led India National Cricket Team and Andy Balbirnie-led Ireland National Cricket Team will be played at The Village, Malahide, Dublin on Sunday, June 26.
Replying to a News18 Cricketnext query at a select media interaction organised by Sony Sports Network, Karim said that the Indian management should give opportunities to the youngsters in the two-match T20I series against Ireland.
He added that India could field young pacers along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the series against Ireland.
“Time to bud these youngsters, that’s the way I’m looking at it. In fact, I’m looking at the T20 side. They have Umran Malik, they have Arshdeep Singh; this is the time for the youngsters to play because you can afford to do that,” Saba said.
“And it [the team] has enough experience, you have Bhuvneshwar Kumar among the bowlers. You can either play Harshal Patel or Bhuvneshawar Kumar; give one of them a break. Because Bhuvneshwar is the vice-captain, you expect him to play. And if you have him on one side, you can try out Umran and Arshdeep,” he added.
The other bowlers in the side have already performed quite well for India – Saba Karim
Former India selector Karim further said that the youngsters in the Indian team have enough experience of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and they can utilise that experience in international cricket.
“The other bowlers in the side have already performed quite well for India. So, this is time for the Indian team management to try out new players. And I don’t believe there is any lacking in terms of any experience.
“You have such youngsters who have enough experience of playing in IPL. Although some of them have little international experience, all that hardly matters in T20 cricket,” Saba concluded.
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