Deepak Hooda has had an incredible beginning to his T20 international career. The batting all-rounder received ‘Player of the Series’ award for his scintillating performance in the recently concluded India vs Ireland series in which he scored an unbeaten 47 in the first game and a swashbuckling hundred in the second game. The batter made a good start to the England T20 series as well scoring a quickfire 33 off 17 balls. He clobbered three fours and two sixes in his innings.
One particular shot in Hooda’s innings caused a lot of problems for the commentators as it landed straight into the on-field commentary box over the long-on boundary.
Hooda had just come into bat and was facing his second ball against Moeen Ali when he used his feet and smashed the ball into the commentary box. He then smashed another six on the next ball as he kick-started his innings.
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Team India posted 198 runs in the first innings courtesy of Hardik Pandya’s maiden half-century and quickfire thirties from Hooda and Suryakumar Yadav. Indian seamers troubled the English batsmen as they got swing working in their favour in the powerplay overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, debutant Arshdeep Singh and Pandya were relentless as they didn’t give an inch to the batsmen and kept them under pressure with their consistent line and length. Pandya picked up 3 wickets in his first 2 overs and put the brakes on England’s chase early on. England couldn’t get going after the early blows and ended up falling 50 runs short of India’s total.
After the match, India captain Rohit Sharma praised his team for their positive approach right from the ball one. He talked about how the team looked confident and showed intent. He said, “Great performance from ball one. All batters showed intent. Although the pitch was good, we played good shots and never got ahead of the game.”
“You got to make use of those six overs in the powerplay. There is a certain approach we want to take in the powerplay. You got to back yourself in this game, sometimes it comes off, sometimes it doesn’t. The whole batting unit needs to understand the direction the team is taking and the guys were spot on today. I was impressed with his (Hardik) bowling”, Sharma added.