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‘We Don't Shy Away…’: Ireland's Ross Adair 'Warns' Rohit Sharma's India Ahead Of T20 WC Match

Rohit Sharma warned not to take Ireland lightly [X]
Rohit Sharma warned not to take Ireland lightly [X]

Ireland enters the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 with a pragmatic outlook, fully aware of the formidable challenge posed by their opening opponents, India.

The Irish squad, led by Paul Stirling, respects India's abilities but remains optimistic about their chances of springing an upset. Historically, Ireland has struggled against India, failing to secure a victory in seven encounters.

However, the team is renowned for defying expectations on the global stage, with their triumph over eventual champions England in the 2022 T20 World Cup serving as a potent reminder of their giant-killing capabilities.

Adding to their recent successes, Ireland secured a victory against Pakistan just weeks before the tournament.

Ross Adair Eyes Upset Against India

Batter Ross Adair emphasized their comprehensive preparation and eagerness to face the challenge head-on.

 "We are very excited about this group. They have a full squad of guys who can turn the game at any stage. We are going to do our best and try to keep them as quiet as possible. But you never know," he told ANI.

 Adair acknowledged India's strengths but stressed Ireland's determination to deliver a strong performance.

"We're very excited as a group. We're looking forward to getting out there in New York in the first game and taking the Indian guys on. We know how good the Indian team is and we don't shy away from that at all. But we're as prepped and as ready as we'll ever be and we're hopefully going to give them a good game," Adair added.

Ireland's campaign at the T20 World Cup 2024 starts with a match against India at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium New Yorkin New York on June 5.

Placed in Group A alongside USA, Canada, India, and Pakistan, Ireland's opening clash against Rohit Sharma-led India will be a significant test of their capabilities.