NZ v IND 2022: Deepak Hooda says as legend Virat Kohli bats at 3, he is realistically looking at no.5 spot in T20Is

Deepak Hooda wants to cement his spot in India's XI in the T20I cricket.

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Indian all-rounder Deepak Hooda has opened up about his favorite batting position and his aim to cement his place in the T20I team after he made a valuable contribution to the team’s 65-run win over New Zealand in the second T20I at Bay Oval on November 20.

Hooda has been in and out of the Indian cricket team, but now he wants to cement his place in the T20I side as a utility all-rounder, as the spinner revealed that he has been working hard on his bowling to be in contention for the national selection.

Notably, he had picked up four wickets in the second T20I to help the Men in Blue take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against the Black Caps.

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Well, coming to his comfortable batting position, Hooda said that he would really love to bat at number three, but at the same time, he is realistic about his dreams to bat at that spot where Virat Kohli bats.

Deepak Hood told Prime Video: “I would like to bat at 5, we have a legend playing at 3 and I have to be realistic, I can't get that spot. It's a problem at times to adapt to batting at 5 or 6, but I have done that role as I am an utility player and need to play according to the situation of the game.”

He signed off by saying, “I’m a batting all-rounder, so scoring runs is very important, but I'm working on my bowling as well and want to chip in whenever the team needs me. I’ve been playing as an all-rounder since my debut, I’ve worked hard on my bowling over the last 3 months, even when I'm not featuring in the team.”


By Rashmi Nanda - 22 Nov, 2022

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