IPL Auction 2018: Deepak Hooda needs no introduction to the IPL followers. The former Rajasthan Royals player was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for a astounding Rs 4.2 crores, 42 times his base price of Rs 10 lakh in IPL auction 2016. Even though Hooda didn’t get too many opportunities to showcase his talent at Hyderabad due to a star studded top-order, his consistent performances in domestic cricket were enough to get his maiden team Indian call. Hooda was selected in India’s T20 squad for the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka. The 22-year-old batsman didn’t get a chance in the playing XI but had done just enough to become one of the hottest properties of IPL auction 2018.
As it turned out, Deepak was bought by SRH for Rs 3.6 cr in IPL player auction 2018. Known for his big-hitting abilities, Deepak Hooda was given the nickname ‘Hurricane’ for his ability to change the game in no time. He was a part of the Indian cricket team for the ICC Under 19 World Cup team in 2014. In the same year, he became the second Baroda player after Snehal Parikh to score a century on his first-class debut.
Hooda was bought by Rajasthan Royals in IPL auction 2015. He made his debut for the franchise in the same season and made a name for his powerful striking abilities. Under Rahul Dravid, Deepak Hooda was given the freedom to express himself and ended up scoring 151 runs in 14 matches at a strike-rate of 158.94. He was named Baroda captain in the Ranji Trophy this year in place of Irfan Pathan.
However, one major concern with Deepak Hooda has been his inability to convert good starts into big scores but that also has to do with the fact that he bats very low down the order. Probably, a more advanced role in IPL auction 2018 will get the best out of Deepak Hooda and turn him into a genuine match-winner.