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Deepak Hooda is 4th Indian batsman to hit T20Is-100

On June 28, the India team competed against Ireland in a two-game T20 International (T20I) series at Castle Avenue in Dublin.

In the first match of T20I, right-handed hitter Deepak Hooda came close to scoring a half-century in the first game, but he was unable to advance over 47 as India was trying to reach 110 with 16 free balls remaining.

Hooda returned on fire during the second T20I that India played against Ireland. He then became the fourth Indian batsman to reach the three-figure milestone in just 55 balls. Hooda is the only 4th Indian to hit 100 in just 55 balls. He followed Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul to score a century in T20I.

Hooda’s T20I highlights

India got off to a strong start in the second T20I, even before the game had begun, building on their victory in the first T20I and their 1-0 lead in the series.

The flip of the coin, which was performed in the air, generated favourable outcomes for Hardik Pandya. Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson were the ones to start the batting order because Ruturaj Gaikwad had to take some time out owing to an injury. However, the beginning of the match did not go well for the Men in Blue, as fast bowler Mark Adair ran Kishan out three times.

Kishan got out earlier in the innings after scoring three runs, and Hooda stepped out to bat after his dismissal. Hooda has made the most of every opportunity he's been given during the series, and he is continuing to do so.

Hooda scored the most runs in the first innings and has already scored a hundred in the second game. He was also the highest run-scorer overall. In the course of 55 balls, he reached his century with the assistance of nine fours and six sixes, bringing the total to 100. As a result, he became the fourth Indian batsman to reach the triple-digit mark in T20Is.

At the end of his turn, Hooda scored 104 runs with the assistance of nine fours and six sixes before being dismissed. Joshua Little, bowling with his left arm, was able to get rid of the right-handed batter, but by that time, India had already passed the 200-run mark. Together with Samson, Hooda contributed to an important stand for the second wicket totalling 176 runs.

Samson and Hooda then managed to establish India in a position of dominance, working together to ensure that Ireland could not take a step forward in the competition. Hooda demonstrated his ability to hit the ball considerably by scoring 50 runs in a hurry and getting out after only 27 balls.

Hooda indeed has shown stellar performance in the series, but when the top players return, observers think he might not get another chance to play for India.

Hooda had a phenomenal season in the Indian Premier League as well, during which he scored 451 runs for the Lucknow Super Giants. Despite the fact that Hooda had a strong showing in the IPL, he was not selected for any of the T20I that was played in South Africa.

Gian Chacko

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