Recently, Deepak Hooda stated that it’s a hard task for him to get promoted to the top order due to the presence of experienced cricketers. He specifically pointed out that the legend (Virat Kohli) is already at the number three spot.
Furthermore, Suryakumar Yadav has well and truly cemented his place as a No.4 due to his terrific performances. As a result, Deepak Hooda expressed his likeness towards the No.5 spot, which has been used as a floater.
Hardik Pandya donned the role of a number five batter in the T20 World Cup and New Zealand T20I series. The role certainly provides ample time on most occasions for the batter to settle well and be aggressive in the slog overs.
Deepak Hooda, who is coming at number six doesn’t have enough time to build his innings. He certainly has to uplift his finishing abilities to keep his place intact in the Indian team.
Mohammad Kaif calls for a change in the mindset of Deepak Hooda to cement his place in the Indian team
Mohammad Kaif reckoned that Hooda seemed frightened to express that he wants to replace Virat Kohli and KL Rahul in the Playing XI. However, the former cricketer, Mohammad Kaif, thinks the 27-year-old needs to express his thoughts on playing at the top order.
“Woh thoda atak gaye the, unko atakna nahi hai, unko bolna hai ki mujhe upar khelna hai. KL Rahul k jagah ana hai mujhe, Virat Kohli ko replace karna hai. Unko bolna padega, woh waha darr gaye thoda.”
Deepak Hooda has so far featured in 15 T20Is and scored 302 runs with a century. Moreover, he has 141 runs in 8 ODIs.
Despite scoring a whirlwind century in a T20I fixture against Ireland, Deepak Hooda has not yet been a permanent member of the Indian team. This is also due to the fact of big tournaments like the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup taking place.
With T20 World Cup 2024 in mind, Hooda is likely to get more chances from the management. Recently, he took four wickets against New Zealand and displayed his usefulness with the ball as well.