Deepak Hooda has impressed one and all with his controlled aggression while batting, in IPL 2022. Playing for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), Hooda has let his bat do the talking, in a season which is very important from the T20 World Cup 2022’s point of view.
After his match-winning innings against Sun Risers Hyderabad, Deepak Hooda spoke about the role of LSG’s mentor Gautam Gambhir in his game and how the former KKR skipper has added clarity to his game.
Deepak Hooda said that he is feeling very confident in IPL 2022 and Gautam Gambhir has played a big role in motivating him, and all other LSG players.
“I am carrying that confidence but at the same time, the team management also backs me a lot. Gauti bhai talks with a similar hunger that I have for the game and I like that attitude. The way he was as a player and the way he talks with the players now, is very motivating for me,” Deepak Hooda said.
Deepak Hooda said Gautam Gambhir and his straight-forward approach has helped LSG players in easing themselves very quickly. He also added there is a lot of clarity in the communication between the team management and players.
“It might be a challenge for other players but I didn’t feel any such thing. Andy sir was there at Punjab as well and then as I said, Gauti bhai is very straightforward and keeps the talk very clear. I like when that happens, there’s no miscommunication. There’s a lot of clarity so it took no time to gel up here,” Hooda said.
When asked about his preferred batting position in IPL 2022, Deepak Hooda said he loves batting at the No. 4 position. He also added that IPL is a very fast tournament and keeps himself prepared to bat anywhere in the middle-order for his side.
“I love to bat at No. 4 but at the same time, in the Indian team and the IPL, my role is of a middle-order batter so I need to be flexible and accept that truth moving forward. So that’s how I prepare,” Deepak Hooda concluded.