Tanaz Buhariwalla, Director IDA Ireland, India
India and Ireland share a long standing bond across history, education, trade & business, literature and in a small way – cricket!!
On the eve of the India – Ireland cricket match being played today and on Friday, I share some intriguing facts for all cricket fans:
It will be the first time that the sides will meet on Irish soil since they played an ODI in Belfast in Northern Ireland, back in 2007
The first game between Ireland and India was played on 9th, 10th and 11th July, 1936 at College Park, Dublin. That time, things didn’t quite go Ireland’s way – the home team lost by ten wickets!!
Ireland has named Punjab-born off-spinner Simranjit 'Simi' Singh in their 14-member squad for the two-match Twenty20 International series against India.
Irish cricketer Kevin O’Brien holds the record for the fastest century in a World Cup and that was held on Indian soil in 2011.
The ‘Maharaja of Connemara’ – Test Cricketer who played for the English Cricket team
In 1924 Prince Ranjitsinhji became the first head of state to visit the Irish Free State. During his visit he travelled to Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara, County Galway and fell in love with the county and the local people. He promptly bought Ballynahinch Castle and became the unofficial ‘Maharaja of Connemara’
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