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IND vs IRE: Sanjay Manjrekar wants VVS Laxman to select Deepak Hooda in PLAYING XI against Ireland, says ‘India needs somebody like him’

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IND vs IRE: India vs Ireland Live Updates – As the unofficial ‘Team B’ of India gets ready to play a two-match T20I series against Ireland, former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has given the team management a big advice. According to Manjrekar, it is a must for the men in blue to select Deepak Hooda in the team, given his fabulous performance in IPL 2022. Follow IND vs IRE Live Updates, India vs Ireland Live Updates with InsideSport.IN.

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Speaking to Sony Sports, Manjrekar opined “I am expecting him to get a look in this (Ireland) series because I thought we saw the best of Deepak Hooda in this last IPL. He has been around for a long time, and you have seen sporadic displays of his work and his ability. The last IPL, he came of age.”

IND vs IRE: Sanjay Manjrekar wants VVS Laxman to select Deepak Hooda in PLAYING XI against Ireland, says ‘India needs somebody like him’

IND vs IRE: Sanjay Manjrekar wants VVS Laxman to select Deepak Hooda in PLAYING XI against Ireland, says 'India needs somebody like him'
Deepak Hooda had a fantastic outing in IPL 2022

Notably, Hooda represented Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2022 and was one of their best players. He scored 451 runs from 15 matches at an average of 32.21 and a strike rate of 136.66, while he also bowled four overs and returned with one wicket.

India needs somebody like him down the order. It’s a very difficult job, and Hooda did a terrific job in the IPL. He is somebody that India will, I am sure, look at,” Manjrekar further added, elaborating on the importance of Hooda in the playing XI.

IND vs IRE: Sanjay Manjrekar wants VVS Laxman to select Deepak Hooda in PLAYING XI against Ireland, says ‘India needs somebody like him’

However, despite Manjrekar’s claims, it will not be easy for VVS Laxman to include Hooda in the team since India already has two top-quality middle-order batters in Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik. Instead of Hooda, Laxman might as well go with Axar Patel, who can not only contribute with the bat but is also a wily spinner.

India squad for Ireland: Hardik Pandya (C), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vc), Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, R Bishnoi, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.

Ireland Men v India Men T20I series

• Sunday 26 June: Ireland v India, 1st T20I (Malahide)
• Tuesday 28 June: Ireland v India, 2nd T20I (Malahide)

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IND vs IRE: Sanjay Manjrekar wants VVS Laxman to select Deepak Hooda in PLAYING XI against Ireland, says ‘India needs somebody like him’

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