Indian batting all-rounder Deepak Hooda continued his brilliant run in the T20I series against Ireland at The Village in Dublin. He slammed his maiden T20I century for India on Tuesday, June 28 in the second and final T20I match of the series. Hooda’s fantastic innings helped India to set a huge target batting first. They put on 227 runs in their twenty overs, losing seven wickets.
Deepak Hooda came out to bat early in the innings when India lost opening batter Ishan Kishan. He partnered with Sanju Samson at the crease, to take the innings head. The duo took on the Ireland bowlers, smashing them all around the park. They put on a 176-run stand for the second wicket.
In the eighteenth over, Joshua Little bowled a length outside off delivery. Hooda dabbed it just wide of the point fielder to take a single. He completed his maiden century for the Indian team in the T20I format. The 27-year-old managed 104 runs off 57 deliveries, including nine boundaries and six sixes.
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 28, 2022
In the first match, Deepak Hooda had scored an unbeaten 47 runs off just 29 balls, opening the innings for India. His knock included six boundaries and two sixes. India had won the match comfortably by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Meanwhile, Deepak Hooda became the only fourth Indian to score a century in the T20Is. His partnership with Sanju Samson in the second innings is not India’s highest in the format.
Let’s take a look at how fan’s reacted to Deepak Hooda’s maiden T20I century:
Well played Deepak Hooda👏🏻👏🏻.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) June 28, 2022
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) June 28, 2022
Maiden T20I hundred for Deepak Hooda, he has been one of the most consistent batsmen in the last 8 months in this format for various teams. pic.twitter.com/lwf0u25MVg
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 28, 2022
Hundred by Deepak Hooda in 55 balls. He becomes just the 4th Indian to score a century in men's T20i, what a brilliant display of batting by Hooda. pic.twitter.com/gFFi3jXoio
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) June 28, 2022
This is a fab knock from Deepak Hooda. Wait till he gets into the ODI team though. Can be a proper ODI beast.#IREvsIND
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) June 28, 2022
Absolute carnage from Deepak Hooda as he brings up his maiden T20I century from 55 balls. 🔥💥
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) June 28, 2022
Deepak Hooda now only the fourth Indian batsman to score a T20I hundred. That's come only in his third T20I innings. @HoodaOnFire is actually on fire today…
— Rahul Rawat (@rawatrahul9) June 28, 2022
Deepak Hooda leaving strong marks in every match he plays. Back-to-back half centuries for the all-rounder.#IREvIND
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) June 28, 2022
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! #INDvIRE
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 28, 2022
🙌🏏 INSANE BATTING! Deepak Hooda becomes only the fourth Indian to score a T20I 💯. He joins the likes of Raina, Rahul, and Rohit!
👏 Take a bow, King!
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) June 28, 2022
— A girl who loves cricket 🏏 (@Priyaa022) June 28, 2022
First T20I Internationals Hundred for Deepak Hooda and comes in just 3rd game. What an amazing innings played by Hooda. He scored Brilliant 100* runs from 56 balls including 8 fours and 6 Sixes against Ireland. Incredible hundred. pic.twitter.com/pFR0kn3BJh
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) June 28, 2022
Hundred by Deepak Hooda in 55 balls. He becomes just the 4th Indian to score a century in men's T20i, what a brilliant display of batting by Hooda.#deepakhooda #indvsire @BCCI pic.twitter.com/zZYGQNC3p3
— Jeel Patel (@jeelpatel_97) June 28, 2022
After sparking for RR and before being a consistent performer for LSG, Deepak Hooda worked very hard and scored significant amount of runs in the domestic cricket
The success he is enjoying now isn't something achieved overnight
— Naseer (@BeingYuvNaseer) June 28, 2022
India sets a target of 228 runs for Ireland in the second T20I
As Deepak Hooda was going greats guns at one end, Sanju Samson too took on the Ireland bowlers. He slammed 77 runs off 42 balls, including nine boundaries and four sixes at a strike rate of 183.33. Skipper Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav too played brilliant cameos at the end to power India to 227 runs in twenty overs.
On the other hand, Mark Adair was the pick of the bowlers for Ireland. He took three wickets in the innings, conceding 44 runs in his four overs. Meanwhile, Joshua Little and Craig Young took two wickets each. Ireland needs a mammoth 228 to draw the two-match T20I series.