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Deepak Hooda scored the most runs in the T20 series against Ireland. In the second T20, Hooda played a brilliant innings of 104 runs. Hooda attributed his success to his warrior-like attitude.
Team India has got a new match winner batsman. He can open, bat in the middle order and if given the role of a match finisher, he can get that job to the right end. talking about Deepak Hooda Key who showed his bat in the T20 series against Ireland. Hooda was adjudged the Player of the Series and in the second T20, this player scored 104 runs in 57 balls, scoring the first T20 century of his career. Hooda attributed his success to a warrior-like attitude. Aggressive Indian batsman Deepak Hooda believes that when he was given the responsibility of facing the new ball in bowler-friendly conditions, he took a warrior-like attitude.
Deepak Hooda said – had to face the challenges
According to Hooda, he had no option but to face the challenge of batting in the top order. Batting at number three, Hooda became only the fourth Indian batsman to score a century in the shortest format of the game. Hooda said after the match, ‘I have never opened an innings in an international match but being a top-order batsman you have to face challenges and you have no other option.’ He said, ‘And if you have no option then why don’t you adopt a warrior-like attitude. That’s how I think and things went in my favor. I am happy about it.
‘It is not easy to retain place in Team India’
Young players are constantly coming to the fore and the 27-year-old all-rounder admitted that it is not easy to find a place in the Indian team and then retain it. Hooda said, ‘To be honest, yes it is difficult to make a place in the Indian team and then stay there. But when you play for India, you never think about yourself, you think about the team.
Hooda, who came to the crease after the dismissal of opener Ishan Kishan in the third over, completed his maiden T20 International century with the help of nine fours and six sixes. He said, ‘To be honest, the Ireland team played very well against us and we enjoyed playing against them.’ Hooda said, ‘Between the first and second match, I think there was a difference in the pitch. In the first match, the sky was cloudy and there was moisture in the wicket. But this time the wicket was good enough to bat which is evident from the batting of both the teams.
Hooda-Sanju Samson breaks record
During the Indian innings, Hooda shared a record 176-run partnership for the second wicket with Sanju Samson. Samson made a career-best 77 while returning to the team. This is India’s highest partnership of any wicket in this format. The previous record was in the name of Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul, who added 165 runs against Sri Lanka in Indore in 2017.