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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 Rajasthan 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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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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