Better late than never. He got a chance against Ireland after sitting on the bench in the T20 series with South Africa. Deepak Hooda grabbed this opportunity with both hands. In the first match, Ruturaj Gaikwad came to open the lamp due to injury. Scored 47 runs off 29 balls and gave India victory. After this, in the second match, Deepak Hooda has done what the big batsmen could not do in T20I. Deepak Hooda has created history by scoring a century in the second T20I match against Ireland.
Deepak Hooda has become the fourth batsman from India to score a century in T20Is
In this match, Hardik Pandya won the toss and decided to bat first. After Ishan Kishan’s early return to the pavilion, Deepak Hooda came to bat at number three. He had the form and confidence of the last match. As soon as he came on the field, he started hitting big shots. He batted strongly with opener Sanju Samson. Together they put up a 176-run partnership for the second wicket.
How impressive is Deepak Hooda?
Deepak completed his century in this innings by hitting eight fours and six sixes in 55 balls. With this innings, Hooda has become only the fourth such Indian batsman. Who has scored a century for India in T20 International cricket? Apart from Deepak Hooda, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Suresh Raina have centuries to their names. Suresh Raina has one to his name, KL Rahul has two and Rohit Sharma has four T20 International centuries. Deepak has been scoring runs continuously in T20 cricket for some time now.
Deepak scored 294 runs in six matches of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Talking about IPL 2022, Deepak had scored 451 runs in 15 matches. Deepak was playing for Lucknow Super Giants this season. Where he batted at number three. Let us also tell you that in the partnership of 176 runs with Sanju Samson, Deepak has broken many records.
His second-wicket partnership with Sanju is not only for India. Rather, T20 has become the biggest partnership for the second wicket in international cricket. Before this, the partnership of 167 runs between David Malan and Jos Buttler was the highest partnership for the second wicket. Not only for the second wicket, but it has also become the biggest partnership for any wicket in T20 International for India.
Apart from Deepak Hooda, Sanju Samson also played a wonderful inning in this match. Sanju, who came to open, scored 77 runs in 42 balls. After these two, no Indian batsman could stay on the crease. Batting first in the match, India scored 227 runs in 20 overs. In response, Ireland’s team could score only 221 runs for the loss of 5 wickets and lost the match by 4 runs.