Being sidelined for almost 5 years, Deepak Hooda asked the all-rounder Irfan Pathan that why is he not getting a chance to play?
Former Indian all-rounder Irfan had only one thing to say to his junior: “Apna time Ayega“. After waiting for around Eight years hooda made his debut at Baroda, Hooda’s time finally came when he was picked for the upcoming three-match home ODI series against West Indies.
Taking care of his diet and fitness is a process in a nutshell for a sportsperson, whereas Deepak starts his process sometime back. In fact, he internalized it while attempting to play for his country. His IPL contract worth Rs 4.2 crore with Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016 did not fulfill his wish. Playing for India has always been his holy grail.
“I gradually came closer to Irfan bhai and Yusuf (Pathan) bhai. He taught me to be calm, he made me realize the power of peace. It was natural to be restless as a youth and I was no exception. It was hindering my game. I tried many times. Tried to overdo things that weren’t needed “Hooda told The Indian Express.
Irfan’s cricket career has been a roller-coaster ride. After a stellar start in Australia, the left-arm seamer fell victim to former India coach Greg Chappell’s ‘all-rounder‘ experiment, losing his bowling mojo, swing precision in the process. He came back after writing off. So, when he spoke to Hooda, he did so from his personal experience.
Hooda informed about the procedure to be followed by him. He remember Irrfan bhai telling him about the importance of preparation and process. Doing the same thing over and over again, without expecting anything from anyone. So, be it gym sessions, training at the nets and following a strict diet, he said that he followed everything.
In search of the right balance, the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee has loaded the white-ball squads with all-rounders. Hooda has carved a niche for being a flat off spin bowler and a tough batsman. His List A strike rate is north of 93, his T20 strike rate touching 139. He is accompanied by Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur as all-rounders in the ODI team. Washington is expected to be the team’s first choice spin-bowling all-rounder. But Hooda’s ability to go ballistic with the bat is a currency that the 26-year-old has.
“Whenever I was depressed, I used to take on my younger brother, who is now a sports manager. He was also a cricketer, so he understands what a player goes through sometimes”Hooda
In 2020, he was in the news for all the wrong reasons. He had a fight with Baroda skipper Kunal Pandya and left the bio-bubble after he found that his name was missing from the 15-man squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Key Highlights About Hooda
- Deepak Hooda is an Indian All rounder who plays with Baroda Cricket Team
- In 2017, Deepak Hooda got a break against Sri Lanka
- In January 2022, Hooda was named in India’s One Day International.