first_imgIreland have named Punjab-born off-spinner Simranjit ‘Simi’ Singh in their 14-member squad for the two-match Twenty20 International series against India this week.The 31-year-old Simi Singh is one of the notable names in the Gary Wilson-led side.Singh has already played seven ODIs and four T20 Internationals but save his debut against New Zealand, he has not played against any cricketing powerhouse.Born in Bathlana village in Kharar district of Punjab, Simi has eight wickets from seven ODIs and six scalps from four T20Is.”From the day I started playing cricket in Mohali, I always used to dream about playing for the Indian team,” Simi said.”When I did not get my chance in Punjab cricket, I went to study in Ireland and now to get a chance to play against the Indian team at the same ground, where I used to play and train kids, is the biggest moment of my career,” he added.It will also be a reunion of sorts when he faces his childhood friend Yuzvendra Chahal.”Though I have never met players like Indian captain Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni, I have always seen them play on television. In my college days in Chandigarh, I played along with Yuzvendra Chahal and also with Siddharth Kaul and facing them on the cricket field again will be special,” he said.Meanwhile Joshua Little and Andy McBrine have been recalled to for the India games.The 18-year-old left-arm fast bowler Little, who has played only four T20s so far – two of them T20Is – and was part of the Ireland team in the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand in January this year.advertisementMcBrine has already played 30 ODIs and 19 T20Is, though his last T20I was in March 2017.Ireland have played lone T20I against India, during the 2009 World T20 in England. India won that game by eight wickets with 4.3 overs to spare, thanks to Zaheer Khan’s 4 for 19.Ireland: Gary Wilson (capt), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell , Josh Little, Andy McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson.(With inputs from PTI)last_img

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