Ashok Kumar Bagri 27, Jun 2022

Harry Tector, the 22-year-old Irish middle-order batsman scored 64 off just 33 deliveries in the first India vs Ireland T20I match earning him praise from many people and former cricketers.

Harry Tector born on 6th December 1999 is a right-hand batter who made his debut for Ireland in 2019 and has been an integral part of the team since then. He has featured in 20 ODIs and 33 T20Is for Ireland to date and has played many good knocks for the Irish Team but his yesterday’s knock was his best given the conditions and the quality bowling attack.

Harry came into bat after Ireland lost 2 quick wickets in the first 2 overs. He started his innings watchfully taking singles and rotating the strike. When Axar came to bowl, Tector smashed him for 2 boundaries consecutively over covers. From there, he targeted the bad bowls and played some glorious shots which included a pull shot to Umran for a six and a loft on the offside to Bhuvi for a six.

Harry carried his bat and remained not out at the end of the Irish innings, he made 64 off 33 balls with the help of 3 sixes and 6 fours taking them to a fighting total of 108.

Indian captain Hardik Pandya too showered a lot of praise on the youngster, he said, “Oh, he (Tector) played some fantastic shots. And obviously, he’s 22. I think I have given him a bat as well. So maybe he can score some more sixes and maybe get an IPL contract,” to the press in Dublin.

Harry Tector’s shot-making ability was something that stood out in the 1st T20I. He played shots through the off-side and bisected the field well. He did not try to do anything extra-ordinary and still ended up at a strike rate of close to 200.