IPL 2022 Auction: IPL 2021 FLOP Deepak Hooda unleashes himself just in time to stay in fray for another IPL season

IPL 2022 Auction: IPL 2021 FLOP Deepak Hooda unleashes himself just in time to stay in fray for another IPL season
IPL 2022 Auction: IPL 2021 FLOP Deepak Hooda unleashes himself just in time to stay in fray for another IPL season

IPL 2022 Auction: Deepak Hooda to eye another IPL season: After a poor IPL outing this season, Deepak Hooda has been able to revive his form in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Now, he will eye yet another IPL season next year. The 26-year-old was bought by Punjab Kings last year after spending four seasons with Sunrisers Hyderabad (2016-2019). However, he was unable to prove his worth in the last two outings for the franchise. IPL 2022 Auction is expected to take place in December 2021. Follow live updates of IPL 2022 Auction on InsideSport.

Deepak Hooda returned to domestic cricket to play for Rajasthan after switching from Baroda in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. So far, the 26-year-old has created the best use of the opportunity ahead of the IPL auction next month.

IPL 2022 Auction: IPL 2021 FLOP Deepak Hooda unleashes himself just in time to stay in fray for another IPL season

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IPL 2022 Auction: Deepak Hooda to eye another IPL season: 

  • In the opening match of SMAT 2021, Deepak Hooda smashed 75 runs off 39 balls against Jarkhand to hand over Rajasthan’s first victory of the season.
  • In the following match, he came up with yet another half-century against Jammu & Kashmir to power his team to a 5-wicket win.
  • In the match against Himachal Pradesh, Deepak Hooda scored the third consecutive half-century, 70* off 36 balls, to help the team clinch the third win on the trot.
  • However, in the next match, Hooda couldn’t produce enough as he scored only 21 runs off 16 balls against Andhra Pradesh.
  • Hooda bounced back and smashed brilliant 75 off 47 balls against Haryana in the final group stage match.

Throughout the group stage, Deepak Hooda was making headlines for Rajasthan with his brilliant performances. Out of the five matches, he has played, the 26-year-old has emerged as the highest scorer for the team four times. Deepak Hooda has played a vital role to help Rajasthan top the group stage and qualify them for the knockout stage. Hooda is one of the three players alongside Tanmay Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane to smash four half-centuries. Currently, Deepak Hooda is the highest run-scorer of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this season, aggregating 291 runs from five matches.

IPL 2022 Auction: IPL 2021 FLOP Deepak Hooda unleashes himself just in time to stay in fray for another IPL season

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IPL 2022 Auction: Deepak Hooda to eye another IPL season: If Deepak Hooda continues his fine form in the knockout stage then he is likely to make headlines during IPL 2022 Auction. After having been unable to prove his worth in this IPL season, Rajasthan batsman will be hoping that Punjab Kings will repose faith in him after having a brilliant Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy season so far. Each of eight existing franchisees has the opportunity to retain four players from the last IPL season. If the Punjab Kings retains Hooda, then he will have yet another season with the franchise. Otherwise, the franchise with the highest bid might buy Deepak Hooda.

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