Deepak Hooda and his enormous potential has never been in doubt, and on Monday (April 12) against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the IPL 2021, the Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) power-hitter produced a scintillating knock befitting his talent and promise.
Deepak Hooda, promoted to bat No.4 in the power-packed PBKS batting unit, produced an outstanding innings of 64 runs off just 28 deliveries, including 4 fours and 6 sixes hit to all parts of the ground.
The uncapped Indian right-hand batsman absolutely dominated the RR bowling attack. Be it their renowned overseas quicks or the dependable Indian spinners, RR had no answers to Hooda’s amazing onslaught spanning through the middle part of the innings till near the death-overs.
Deepak Hooda showed excellent intent on another flat batting beauty at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and kept PBKS on course for a huge total as they eventually reached a mammoth 221/6 in their allotted 20 overs after being asked to bat first upon losing the toss. Apart from Hooda, skipper KL Rahul (91) and Chris Gayle (40) made the stand-out contributions in the PBKS innings, putting RR under extreme pressure.
WATCH – Deepak Hooda Blasts 64 Off 28 Balls For PBKS Against RR
Deepak Hooda hasn’t always had an easy ride through his career where, despite his talent, he hasn’t always managed to be consistent.
Hooda’s overall IPL career record before the RR encounter gives a disappointing reading, as he averages just a shade above 18 while carrying a strike-rate of 134.83.
The 25-year-old Baroda player also had to overcome the reported, controversial fallout with fellow state cricketer Krunal Pandya leading into the IPL 2021.
Under pressure to deliver the goods in PBKS’ opening match on multiple fronts, Hooda showed exemplary temperament and range as a batsman through his knock.
The player spoke about his innings midway through the game and said he really enjoyed batting at No.4 for PBKS.
“I was just reacting to the ball and showing aggressive intent in my batting. I got this role at No. 4 and I am happy to get this role, as I bat at this position in domestic cricket,” Hooda told the host broadcaster.
PBKS will hope that their middle-order enforcer can continue to produce the goods through the season as they eye their maiden IPL title.