Deepak Hooda scores maiden T20I century; becomes only fourth Indian batter to do so

Deepak Hooda scores maiden T20I century
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Deepak Hooda has outdone the Irish bowling attack with his magnificent batting. And in the process of doing so, he scored his maiden T20i century as well.

He achieved this milestone in the second T20I played between India and Ireland. After winning the first T20I, team India entered this game in a different mood.

Deepak Hooda scores maiden t20I century

The first encounter between the two sides was reduced to 12 overs due to rain. But the sun was out this time, and everyone knew we were in for a belter.

Keeping the conditions in mind, Hardik Pandya chose to bat first after winning the toss. And Deepak Hooda proved his captain’s decision right by smashing a masterful century.

Unlike the previous game, where Hooda was asked to open in place of Gaikwad, he made his way into the field at number 3. India had lost one of their prominent batters in the form of Kishan, and they needed a move on. That is when Hooda arrived at the crease and announced his intentions with a fantastic hook shot.

The shot must have given Hooda massive confidence. Not that he needed much. Having scored a match-winning 48* in the previous game, everyone knew that he would be rearing to go. And Hooda did just that.

It took just 27 balls to reach his half-century. He used another 28 balls to reach the milestone of triple figures.

In his inning of 104 off 57, Hooda smashed the leather to tethers. His marvelous inning included 9 fours and 6 sixes, and each of them was massive.

With this inning, he became the only fourth batter for India to score a century in T20Is. Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Suresh Raina are the other three batters.

It was due to his fast-paced inning India was able to post a massive total of 225 in 20 overs. This is their fourth-highest total in this format of the game.

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