IND vs IRE: Run Up To T20 WC Will Be Entertaining: Deepak Hooda’s Magical Form Keeps Selectors On The Edge Of Their Seats

Deepak Hooda

After scoring an incredible 104 off 57 balls against Ireland in Malahide on Tuesday, 28 June, Indian batsman Deepak Hooda became the fourth Indian T20 century winner for his country.

The fans in the crowded stadium in Ireland were in awe of Hooda’s ability to access all areas of the pitch without losing his shape as India made fun and piled up 225 runs in 20 overs, partly down to the combination between Hooda and Sanju Samson.

Deepak Hooda. PC- Getty
Deepak Hooda. (Photo: Getty)

Former Players In Awe Of Deepak Hooda’s Knock

Fans raced to social media to show their support for the Lucknow Super Giants batter, who has been in outstanding form since April 2022, as the T20 World Cup approaches in Australia later this year and the first India selection has still to be finalised. 

Sanju Samson Deepak Hooda
Sanju Samson Deepak Hooda PC- ESPN

Following his outstanding performance in the IPL, when he was completely in charge of LSG’s acceleration in the middle overs, Hooda was given a position in the Indian team. The Rohtak native gave back the selectors’ confidence by scoring a century in the second game after showing up in the first with a stroke-filled 47 off 29 balls. 

Aakash Chopra and Sanjay Manjrekar, among others, were in awe of the player and came to Twitter to show their support. 

“Deepak Hooda owned this series. Totally. And he happens to be the man who’s not got enough chancesbut how do you accommodate him when the senior guys are back? Run-up to the World Cup is going to be really entertaining,” wrote Chopra. 

Deepak Hooda
Deepak Hooda[photo: Twitter]

“What a phenomenal rise it’s been for Deepak Hooda! Unique way of creating opportunities for big hitting. Steps out at the last second to surprise the seam bowlers.Ends up hitting boundaries off good balls bowled in the stumps.Nightmare for bowlers,” Manjrekar expressed. 

Going into the World Cup, India will face stiff competition in the batting order, which would be made much more challenging if the team, particularly its older members, stay healthy. It would be intriguing to see how the Indian squad chooses its players for the T20 World Cup given that players like Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli hold the top three spots. 

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IND vs ENG: Moeen Ali Believes India Are Undercooked For The Edgbaston Test

Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali, an all-rounder for England, believes that England is the favourite for the postponed fifth Test against India at Edgbaston because of their stellar performance, which included a 3-0 clean sweep of New Zealand in the most recent Test series at home.

Ali announced his retirement from Test cricket in September of last year, citing a lack of enjoyment while playing under the then-England team management of Joe Root (skipper) and Chris Silverwood (coach).

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali. (Photo: Twitter)

“If this series had ended last year, India might have won.” If you had questioned me 4-5 weeks ago, I would’ve predicted India’s victory. But now I believe England will come out on top. “India is a little undercooked,” Moeen said from Birmingham on Tuesday.

“India had four games under their belt last year.” They have had a practice match and some net training this time. England, in my viewpoint, are the favorite right now because they have just started playing three good Tests and are playing very confidently, especially in comparison to last year.”

India vs England Test, IND vs ENG, ENG vs IND
India vs England Test (Credits: Twitter)

“Their attitude has shifted, and they are now playing positive cricket. India will remain extremely difficult” Moeen said.

‘India would miss skipper Rohit Sharma’: Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali, who played his final Test at the Oval during the incomplete series last year, predicted that India would be miss captain Rohit Sharma and star opening batsman KL Rahul, who is out with a groin injury. The team’s performances throughout the early games of that series, in which India now leads 2-1, were both excellent.

KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I also think that the KL Rahul and Rohit combo, especially with the way they batted last year, were the real difficulty (for England) because they were frequently providing India wonderful starts and seeing off the new ball. Rohit might not make it, and KL Rahul is a major loss. Therefore, in my opinion, England is the favourite” said Moeen Ali

The fifth Test match between India and England will take place at Edgbaston on Friday, July 1. Despite Team India’s Covid-19 hit, England will start as the favourite because of their recent strong play.

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IND vs ENG: Graeme Swann Bats For Ravichandran Ashwin To Start

Graeme Swann

India used their top five available bowlers as they advanced to the 2021 World Test Championship final. India lost the match because playing two spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, was not appropriate given the circumstances. 

India chose to play just one spinner, Jadeja, and four pace options in the next Test series against England. India successfully grabbed a 2-1 lead before the fifth Test, which was scheduled to be played in Manchester, was postponed. 

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (Image Credit: Twitter)

The visitors are faced with a number of selection challenges when they return to play the series’ final Test at Edgbaston, which starts on July 1. In addition to Rohit’s positive Covid test and Ashwin’s ongoing recovery, KL Rahul is hurt. 

Wicket At Edgbaston Will Suit Ravichandran Ashwin: Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann, a former England off-spinner, believes that Ashwin deserves to be selected as the team’s starting spinner, particularly in the Edgbaston match. 

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. Image Credits: BCCI

 “I think because it’s Edbagston, I would go with people who have played there before and Ashwin has played there and done well,” said Swann on Monday in an interaction facilitated by Sony Sports Network.  

 “It’s a wicket that will suit his type of bowling. It does turn. There is not a great deal of bounce in this pitch but the extra height that he has got will help,” he added. 

I Would Play Ravichandran Ashwin In Every Test Match India Plays: Graeme Swann

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. Image: BCCI

Later Swann brought up the final Test India played there in 2018, during which Ashwin claimed seven wickets.

 “I do remember in 2018, the ball to get Alastair Cook out was a pearl. It pitched in the middle and leg and hit the off-stump. Personally, if it was up to me, I would play Ashwin in every Test match India plays.

What you do with the rest of the bowling line-up, you are spoilt for choice because Jadeja could play as an out-and-out batter.” 

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