Punjab Kings player Deepak Hooda has lauded KL Rahul’s batting style and mentioned that it was fun to share the crease with him in the match against Rajasthan Royals. Deepak Hooda smashed a quickfire knock of 64 runs off 28 balls during Punjab Kings’ first IPL 2021 encounter against Rajasthan Royals. Deepak Hooda smashed 6 sixes and 4 boundaries in his impeccable innings to set the Wankhede Stadium on fire.
Hooda batted at no.4 position in the match and arrived at the crease after Chris Gayle lost his wicket in the 10th over. Along with his stupendous knock of 64, he also made a partnership of 105 runs with skipper KL Rahul off just 46 balls. This quick partnership helped Punjab Kings to post a mammoth total of 221-6 while batting first.
KL Rahul Was Very Supportive: Deepak Hooda
Punjab Kings shared a video on their official Twitter account in which Deepak Hooda spoke about his skipper KL Rahul. He said that it was fun to bat with KL Rahul for the first time.
“As a captain and as a senior player, KL Bhai was very supportive, he supported me and backed me. I like KL bhai’s batting, I like it very much, the way he looks forward to a game, the way he approaches a game. It was the first time I batted with KL bhai and it was fun batting with him,” said Deepak Hooda in the video.
Hooda also thanked his team Punjab Kings for supporting him to bat up the order. “My mindset was pretty aggressive. If the ball is in my area. I will go for it. I feel blessed about the innings but at the same time, I really want to thank Punjab Kings, the way they have supported me, made me bat up the order and when I delivered there, it feels nice,” Hooda further said.
Deepak Hooda lost his wicket to Chris Morris in the game in the 18th over. However, he had already played his crucial part in the game till that time. In response, Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson (119) scored a century but he remained 5 runs short of victory in the end as Punjab Kings won the match by 4 runs. Punjab Kings will next face Chennai Super Kings on Friday (April 16) at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.