Indian All-Rounder who can play for another 6-7 years: Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has felt and praised all-rounder Deepak Hooda.
He said that the cricketers can play the India for next 6-7 years. After making his international debut at home earlier this year.
Whenever he was given chance he came up with flying colors. He scored a century against Ireland. Hooda make momentum to England where he stepped in as a No 3 batter, in the absence of Virat Kohli, and delivered with a quick-fire knock.
“Two years ago, Hooda himself wondered if the India cap would come. Today, he is a shining example of someone who has proved if you accept your shortcomings and make a conscious effort in working on them, that’s half the battle won. I am excited about what he can possibly offer to the Indian team. He’s just 27. If he offers India six-seven good years, he has the potential to achieve a lot more.”
“I told him, if you are playing and training expecting something in return, it’s never going to work. You have to train your mind in a way where you’re giving your best without expecting anything in return. If something comes your way, great. Else, keep at it.”
“His off-side play was a bit of a hindrance. He needed to keep his hands relaxed and not a jab. His hands needed to be more fluid. And when he started playing with loose hands, he could access different parts of the ring. We also adjusted his stance, depending on the format. He worked on using the crease to maximise scoring opportunities in different areas, hitting boundaries along the ground by finding gaps – we simulated all of this.”
Meanwhile, Deepak Hooda wasn’t a household name until a year ago but his unseen hard work at the National Cricket Academy has reflected in his performances in the last couple of months. He also found an able guide in Irfan Pathan who stood by his side like a rock.
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