Indian all-rounder Deepak Hooda expressed his gratitude to the Lucknow franchise for purchasing him in the IPL 2022 auction on Saturday.
Hooda has played 80 IPL matches for Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings since making his debut in 2015. The 26-year-old has scored 785 runs at the strike rate of 129.55 and has also picked nine wickets with the ball.
Lucknow Super Giants picks Deepak Hooda in IPL 2022 auction
Hooda was released by Punjab Kings ahead of IPL 2022 auction and the Rajasthan all-rounder saw some serious bidding next to his name.
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals raised the curtain for Hooda up to 1.70 crore before Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings carried the race forward.
As the bidding moved to 3.40 crore, Mumbai Indians pulled themselves out of the contention but the Lucknow outfit threw its hat in the ring.
The Sanjiv Goenka owned franchise ensured they had Hooda in their squad as they completed his signing for INR 5.75 crores.
I am really happy to be a part of Lucknow Super Giants: Deepak Hooda
Hooda made his debut for India in the recently concluded three-match ODI series against West Indies. The all-rounder said he is excited to join his fourth IPL team.
“I’m really happy to be a part of Lucknow Super Giants and thank you for showing faith in me. I am really excited to join my new family Lucknow Super Giants,” Hooda said in a video posted on Lucknow Super Giants Twitter.
Lucknow Super Giants have also purchased the likes of Manish Pandey, Jason Holder, Krunal Pandya, Avesh Khan Krishnappa Gowtham, Ankit Rajpoot, Shahbaz Nadeem and Quinton de Kock.
The team had named star Indian batter KL Rahul, Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and young spinner Ravi Bishnoi in their initial draft signings, Rahul will lead the Lucknow team in its maiden IPL tournament.
Former Zimbabwe player Andy Flower will be the head coach of the Lucknow franchise while former KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir will mentor the team.