New Delhi: Deepak Hooda’s scintillating 104 off 57 balls against Ireland at Malahide on Tuesday helped India to win the nail biting match by four runs and the series as well. Hooda made a mockery of the opponent’s bowling and became the fourth Indian batter to score a hundred in the shortest format of the game.
His century helped India to post a mammoth total on the board, but credit should be given to the hosts for the superb chase, but they fell four runs short in the end.
Hooda’s performance has opened another option for the selectors in the upcoming T20 World Cup to be held in Australia this year. His century has turned him into a hero, with fans flocking to social media to express their feelings about his selection for the T20 World Cup.
Hooda got a chance in the national team after his outstanding form in the IPL, where he was responsible for his franchise LSG’s acceleration in the middle overs. He fulfilled the selectors’ faith, hitting a masterful 47 off 29 balls in the opening match of the series against Ireland and then changed the complexion of the match and series with his masterful hundred.
Former Indian batsman Manjrekar said, “What a dramatic turnaround for Deepak Hooda!” unique way of creating opportunities for big hits. Steps out at the last second to surprise the seam bowlers. He ends up hitting boundaries off good balls bowled into the stumps. “Nightmare for bowlers”.
There is stiff competition in the batting department in the team selection, and Hooda has made it even tougher. The seniors, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli, have already fixed their places. Some youngsters have a chance to get an opportunity to get into the team. Deepak Hooda has enticed the selectors’ eyes after scoring a match-winning hundred against Ireland. The selectors may pick him in the coming T20 world cup in Australia.