Highlights

  • Hooda scored 104 runs off 57 balls vs Ireland in 2nd T20I
  • Adjudged Player of the Match & Series for batting heroics
  • Hooda also scored unbeaten 47 off 29 in first T20I

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Never thought about myself but only the team: Deepak Hooda

In just his 3rd T20I innings, Hooda became only the fourth Indian cricketer to hit a T20I century.

Deepak Hooda was the star of the second T20I match against Ireland. It was his maiden century that helped India pile on 225 runs in Dublin. India eventually won the match by 4 runs, sweeping the series 2-0.

Having been adjudged the Player of the Match and Series for his batting returns, Hooda revealed what kept him motivated during his knock.

The Indian batter put on an exemplary batting display, scoring 104 runs off 57 balls against Ireland. He had also scored an unbeaten 47 off 29 balls in the first T20I against the hosts.

In the post-match press conference, Hooda explained his thought process, stating that being a cricketer, one should not think too far ahead. He said, "If my work ethic is good, I'm going to be in a good space of mind and I'm going to score - that’s my thinking."

Talking about his inclusion in the Indian limited-overs side, the 27-year-old said that it's difficult to find a spot in the Indian team but at the same time when he was playing in Indian colours, he never thought about himself, but only his team.

With his swashbuckling century in Dublin, Hooda became only the fourth Indian cricketer to hit a century in a T20I.

Also read: India vs Ireland 2nd T20: Hardik Pandya's men avoid scare, whitewash Ireland 2-0

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