Deepak Hooda. PC- Getty
Deepak Hooda. (Photo: Getty)

India National Cricket Team batter Deepak Hooda after the second T20I against Ireland, where he had a remarkable partnership with Sanju Samson, said that the wicketkeeper-batsman Samson is his childhood friend.

After Ishan Kishan’s dismissal in the second T20I, on Tuesday, June 28 at The Village, Dublin, Hooda joined Samson out in middle and they had an incredible partnership.

Sanju Samson Deepak Hooda
Sanju Samson Deepak Hooda PC- ESPN

The Hooda-Samson duo had a 176 runs partnership in just 87 balls with Samson contributing 67 runs off 34 balls and Hooda contributing 98 runs off 53 deliveries.

The 176-run partnership between Sanju Samson and Deepak Hooda is the highest for any wicket for India in T20 Internationals and the 9th highest in all men’s T20Is.

We played U-19 together – Deepak Hooda on Sanju Samson

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson

Deepak Hooda scored 104 runs off 57 balls, including 9 fours and 6 sixes. Also, wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson scored 77 runs off 42 balls, including 9 fours and 4 sixes.

Speaking after the match, Hooda said that he likes playing aggressively and he had the time to build his innings as he batted at no.3.

“I am coming from a good IPL, I was trying to follow up the same performance here as well. I like playing aggressively. Batting up the order, I have the time, I try to play according to the situation.”

Hooda further talked about his childhood friend, Samson, and said that he is happy for the wicketkeeper-batter.

Sanju is a childhood friend, we played U-19 together, I am happy for him as well. Ireland is very good, I enjoyed it a lot. Fans are superb here, I never feel like playing outside India. Yeah, the wicket is different, thanks to all the fans for the support,” he told the broadcasters.

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