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Meet India’s new T20 superstar

Recognize him?

Well, you have seen him play so many times in the IPL.

He is one of the most explosive batters in the country today.

He is none other than Deepak Hooda!

Creates history against Ireland

Deepak Hooda joined an exclusive club on Tuesday.

He became only the fourth Indian to score a century in Twenty20 Internationals.

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Suresh Raina are the only other Indians to have scored a ton in T20 internationals.

Rohit has achieved this milestone four times. This includes his 118 against Sri Lanka in 2017 that is the highest individual score by an Indian in the format.

Rahul, meanwhile, has two tons in the format against West Indies and England respectively.

Hooda achieved the milestone during the second and final T20I against Ireland at The Village in Malahide, Dublin.

He reached the three-figure mark in just 55 deliveries!

The Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) all-rounder smashed nine 4s and six 6s during his stay at the crease.

Hooda’s background

Hooda belongs to Haryana, but he played his first-class cricket for Baroda.

For his all-round performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2014-15, he won the Lala Amarnath Award.

Born in Rohtak, Haryana, Hooda’s game is tailor-made for all formats.

Hooda has the explosive power that make him a threat in white ball cricket.

At the same time, he can to rein his aggressive instincts when needed in the longer format of the game.

Hooda in IPL

Hooda’s first tryst with the IPL, came when he was bought by┬áRajasthan Royals, the side for whom he made his IPL debut.
Although he played 14 matches in his debut campaign in IPL 2015, he scored just 151 runs.
However, they came at a strike rate of almost 160.
In fact, he scored the fastest half-century (22 balls) for Rajasthan Royals in 2015.
His gentle off-spinners and hard-hitting lower down the order have been invaluable in the IPL.
No wonder, he has always been in demand in every IPL auction.
Sunrisers Hyderabad won the 2016 IPL and some part of that credit must go to Hooda.
After plying his trade for RR, SRH and Punjab Kings, Hooda, who recently made his Team India debut, has joined LSG for INR 5.75 Crore.

Took panga with Krunal Pandya

Deep Hooda is no pushover.
If he thinks somebody has done something wrong, Hooda is known to stand up and speak his mind.

In fact, he was involved in a major fight with Krunal Pandya and Deepak Hooda while playing for Baroda in 2021

Hooda was appointed as vice-captain of Baroda for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 competition this season.
However, he abruptly quit the team and left the hotel after a verbal altercation with Pandya on January 9.
Hooda accused Pandya of using abusive language and threatening to end his career.
Hooda later dashed off an email to the BCA management and also accused Pandya of abusing him during the practice session.
The Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) had handed Hooda a suspension.
But having played together for the Super Giants in the IPL, Hooda and Pandya seemed to have resolved their personal issues.
Eventually, Hooda made his debut for India in the home series against the West Indies.
The 27-year-old has set a clear goal of representing the Men in Blue in the World Cup.

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