'Everyone performs in IPL, that doesn't mean…': Ex-India opener baffled at resting Shubman, Ishan for Ireland series
When asked to bowl first, Hardik Pandya's side held West Indies to 178/8 in 20 overs before chasing the total down with three overs to spare. The two, however, fell short in the fifth T20I, which India lost by eight wickets.
Following this series, Team India will embark on their next assignment, a three-match T20I series against Ireland.
The three T20Is against Ireland will see the return of India's standout pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who will lead the visitors. The Indian management has picked a younger squad to face Ireland, as Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan will be rested.
Former India opener Aakash Chopra expressed his unhappiness at the absence of the opening pair, claiming that just performing in the IPL will not help Team India win the T20 World Cup.
"I believe we are not taking Twenty20 Internationals seriously." Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill will not be travelling to Ireland. I understand why people need breaks. But there are 14 matches between now and the T20 World Cup.
Don't think about the IPL; everyone does well in the IPL, but that doesn't imply we'll win the World Cup. In fact, the only time we won it was when the IPL was not even present," Chopra explained on his YouTube page.
"International contests are crucial. If you're playing three matches against Ireland… Ishan Kishan was rested for the third and fourth T20Is against West Indies, and I don't think he'll play in the fifth. He will not travel to Ireland as well.
What are his chances of participating in the Asia Cup if Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul are healthy? You could have played Ireland; your first encounter in the Asia Cup is in September, so you had plenty of time. I don't believe anyone is considering it. "These are young people, and I don't think they need much rest," he added.
The three-match Twenty20 International series between India and Ireland will begin on August 18, with the first match taking place in Malahide.