“If you ask any player if they want to play in IPL, they’ll say yes”- Ireland’s Harry Tector opens up on IPL ambition and Hardik Pandya’s “generosity”

Ireland is going through a transitional period and it's inspirational to watch the players giving tough competition to a strong team like India.

Harry Tector
Hardik Pandya and Harry Tector

In the recent 2-match T20I series between India and Ireland, the former was considered the favourites before Irish batters pervaded a different idea with theri explosive batting.

The Indian smashed a mammoth 225 runs and who would have thought Ireland would chase till the end. In the second T20I last Tuesday (July 28), Ireland almost chased the target but finally fell short of just four runs. Ireland is going through a transitional period and it’s inspirational to watch the players giving tough competition to a strong team like India.

Irish batter Harry Tector had shone in the series. He scored 170 runs in the two innings at an excellent strike rate of 170.49. In the first T20I, the 22-year-old smashed an unbeaten 64 runs off 35 balls and scored 39 runs off 28 balls in the second.

After losing the match by four runs, and in an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, Harry Tector spoke about Iraland’s key takeaway from India series, his IPL ambition and more. Here are excerpts from the conversation.

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Harry Tector speaks about IND-IRE, IPL ambition and more

Harry Tector
Harry Tector

When he was asked about what he felt that it was ‘devastating’ after playing well with the bat not winning. He called Hardik Pandya’s giving him his bat an act of generosity. “It was extremely generous of him. I didn’t expect him to do that. He was very nice to me. He has a lot of good bats. I’m sure there will be a few lads who will try to nick it off me,” he said.

He then revealed that he wants to focus on Ireland games more and that it will be great if he gets an IPL contact.

“If you ask any player if they want to play in the IPL, they’ll say yes. To be honest, I’m not getting too caught up in all of that. If you start worrying about that sort of stuff, you’re going to find yourself getting into trouble. All I can do is score consistently and quickly in T20 cricket. If I do that consistently enough, it would be great to get an IPL contract. My main priority is to win games for Ireland and that will never change.”

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