Even if Ireland fail to make the quarter-finals of the cricket World Cup they and the other associate members have shown enough promise to warrant inclusion in future tournaments, skipper William Porterfield said on Saturday.
Prolific left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan was once again the most talked about Indian cricketer on Twitter, as his ton on Tuesday helped the dedending champions beat Ireland in a World Cup Pool B encounter at the Seddon Park.
Ireland captain William Porterfield was all praise for Ravichandran Ashwin, saying the Indian off-spinner varied his pace well which eventually proved to be decisive in restricting his side to 259 in an ICC Cricket World Cup match, here today.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday heaped praise on his bowlers for bundling out every team that India have played so far in the ongoing cricket World Cup, saying they have stepped up to the challenge nicely and are doing a "really good job".
Ireland captain William Porterfield feels that the best chance for his team to beat India in the ICC Cricket World Cup group league encounter will be to restrict them to a reasonable total by taking wickets.
Ireland captain William Porterfield insisted Monday his side belonged among the world`s elite and said he despised the tag of "Associate" which virtually brands a host of teams as second-class citizens.
Fighting to stay in contention for the World Cup quarterfinals, Ireland cricket captain William Porterfield said his giant-slaying team does not expect to be taken lightly by India despite the buzz that the already through defending champions might rest key players.
Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor insisted his team had been victims of a World Cup miscarriage of justice on Saturday when Ireland fielder John Mooney held a crucial catch despite indications he had touched the boundary with his foot.
Ireland won the match after beating Zimbabwe by five runs. Taylor and Williams (121 and 96) respectively led the chase but Ireland went passed the line. Ed Joyce earlier starred for the Irish with a fluent 112 runs.