Gary Wilson, the newly appointed Ireland T20 Internationals Captain, has come out and expressed that he believes his team can go on and beat India in the upcoming T20I series. Wilson has immense faith in his team's ability, even though they'll be across the might of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
Ahead of the first game, Wilson was quoted saying, "They are a very fine T20 side but they have to bat and we have to bowl. If we bowl up to our best, they still have to play that no matter, whether it is Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma or whoever it is in the world,"
There is not a lot of history between India and Ireland. The two have just played 4 internationals since India first played the European giant-killers in 2007. Wilson is focussed on the present but also remembers what happened 11 years back when Rahul Dravid's men played an ODI in Belfast against his team.
He said, "I was out bowled against India, but it was a pretty special day still. It was a decent crowd in Belfast and we have seen India's traction for big crowds wherever they go. I guess Roger Whelan got Sachin Tendulkar bowled as well. That's basically what I can remember (from 2007),"
He gave an insight into Ireland's plans by amusingly saying, "I don't like to have too much of a plan before you go out there. In T20 cricket, you should be able to think on your feet and trust gut feeling most of the time. In T20s, you can look very clever or very silly in a short span of time, so you just have to try and stay balance and not worry too much about good or bad days. Obviously, you can have broader plans for opposition and your team, but my thinking is about on your feet. I am enjoying captaincy at the moment, but I would like to answer this question in a year or so. If we can have Ireland qualify for the next World Cup by then, it will be a feather in the cap,"
"We have discussed with the lads the need to play with freedom and enjoy T20 cricket. We want to go out there, stick our chests out and our chins up, go toe to toe with anyone on their day, and we are playing India, probably the best T20 side in the world. We want to take them on head to head and show what we are about."
Wilson concluded by mentioning, "Obviously, you want to play as much as you can. With the FTP coming out last week, we have 65 T20s over the next four years, which is a lot of international cricket. We have quite a few ODIs too and then we have 13-14 Tests, so we are getting a lot more cricket now and that will be important. If we get more games against high-quality opposition, we can improve quicker,"
(Inputs from CricketNext)