He took the attack to Ireland’s bowlers and got his first international century in just 55 balls in the second T20I against Ireland.
Deepak Hooda’s excellent batting form continued in the second Twenty20 International against Ireland at Malahide in Dublin, where he hit a brilliant century. With an undefeated half-century in the first match of this series, Hooda showed his best form as he ripped the Irish bowlers to shreds. Ishan Kishan’s wicket fell in the third over, and Hooda and Sanju Samson took full advantage of the Irish bowlers.
Hooda was the aggressor from the outset, as he began to push the boundaries. In Josh Little’s fifth over, he smashed two fours and a six, and he began the sixth over with another six off Craig Young.
Samson made an effort to match Hooda’s ferocity and delivered several electrifying hits in the process.
In the 10th over, Hooda unleashed two sixes on Andy McBrine to help India reach 97/1 at the halfway point of their innings, thus bringing up his half-century in just 27 balls.
At one point, he ripped Conor Olphert apart for 17 runs in the 12th over, continuing his rampage.
When Olphert was bowled for two sixes in the 14th over, Hooda smashed him to go into the 90s, while Samson reached his half-century and began shifting gears.
Second-wicket pair Samson (77) and Hooda (176) shared the greatest T20I partnership in India’s history before Samson was bowled out. As far as T20I partnerships go, it’s the 9th best.
Hooda made his maiden international century in just 55 balls as he laid the platform for a massive score for India.
He was eventually fired for a performance rating of 104 out of 57. There were nine fours and six sixes in Hooda’s innings.