10 Best Tweets On Deepak Hooda’s Fierce Maiden T20I Century

Deepak Hooda is having the time of life with the bat in hand. Following a thunderous Syed Mushtaq Ali season, where he smashed 294 runs in 6 matches for Rajasthan at a strike rate of 168, and the IPL 2022, where he further scored 451 runs for Lucknow Super Giants at a strike rate of 136, Hooda continued his supreme touch and notched up his maiden T20I fifty in the second T20I versus Ireland, on Tuesday.

Deepak Hooda Played A Stunning Knock

Hooda had missed his fifty in the first match couple of days ago when he whacked 47* off 29 balls after being asked to be the make-shift opener following Ruturaj Gaikwad’s in-game injury.

Today, Hooda once again got in early after the fall of opener Ishan Kishan in the third over to Mark Adair. As if Hooda didn’t have any break between the two T20Is, the right-hander continued on the intent-filled aggressive approach he batted with in the first match and on the fifth ball he faced, he launched seamer Adair for a maximum.

Deepak Hooda
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Looking to make full use of the powerplay fielding restrictions, Hooda then thumped seamers Joshua Little for two fours and seamer Craig Young for a six, taking 25 runs in 16 balls he faced in the powerplay.

After being dropped by Paul Stirling, a tough catch though, Hooda grew in intent, walloping Andy McBrine for a couple of maximums before bringing up his maiden T20I fifty with a single off 27 balls.

With eyes set in, there was no stopping Hooda from thereon; Ireland started to lead runs from both ends as Sanju Samson also notched up his maiden T20I fifty and took the toll of some ordinary bowling and poor fielding.

Samson-Hooda create new partnership record for India in T20Is

Hooda cracked four boundaries and a six in the 10th and 11th overs before the 14th brought him another pair of four and a maximum as he raced into the nineties.

Before Hooda brought up his century, the pair created the record for the highest partnership for any wicket for India in the shortest format, surpassing the 165-run stand by Rohit and KL Rahul from 2017 vs Sri Lanka, finishing with 176 off 87 balls.

Hooda slowed down as he neared his century, dealing in singles and doubles; he was 92 off 47 and then was 99 off 54 balls, before another tapped single on the off side brought up his three-figure score. The helmet went off, the head looked up in the sky, the arms held high, a nod to acknowledge the huge cheering from the crowd.

It was truly #HoodaOnFire.

Here are some of the best Twitter reactions to Hooda’s maiden international ton:

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