On Tuesday on the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India defeated Sri Lanka in a last-ball thriller, with Deepak Hooda scoring an unbeaten 41 off 23 balls and the debutant Shivam Mavi taking 4 wickets for 22 runs. Hooda got here in to bat on the sixth place when India had been 77/4 within the eleventh over, and he, together with Axar Patel, learn the sport fairly properly, serving to India set a combating complete of 163/5.
In his inning of 41 runs, Hooda smashed 5 boundaries, together with 4 sixes. Talking on his function as a finisher within the crew, the 27-year-old stated that on the place he batted, his solely focus was to complete the sport properly and set a aggressive goal.
“I used to be fairly clear in my thoughts that if we lose early wickets, we’ve got to construct a partnership and when you find yourself batting decrease down the order at No.6, for a scenario like that, being a cricketer, it’s a must to be prepared for that. A collapse can occur at any time. (However) I don’t suppose it was a collapse within the true sense, as we had been in a great place. Sure, we misplaced one or two additional wickets however I believe that’s the function of a No. 6 and No. 7 batter (to return and bat with confidence), be it the primary or the second match. It’s a great win,” Hooda stated within the post-match press convention.
“The sort of wicket you get it’s a must to play accordingly. You need to give a great complete to the crew and that was going via my thoughts being a batsman. Being a No.6 batter, if you’re taking part in at that place, it’s a must to end the sport. So, that was the one factor happening in my thoughts.” he added.
Veteran Indian opener Gautam Gambhir in a dialogue at Star Sports activities additionally lauded Hooda for his terrific innings beneath stress and stated, “This participant has a number of capacity. I wish to see how the Indian crew makes use of Deepak Hooda going forward. Do you see him within the finisher’s function or do you play him within the prime 4? What has been evident until now could be that Hardik Pandya needs to make use of him at No. 6 or No. 7.”
Notably, each Gambhir and Hooda are a part of the Lucknow Supergiants (LSG) IPL Franchise, Gambhir because the mentor of the crew and the latter as a participant.
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