|Deepak Jagbir Hooda
|April 19, 1995 Rohtak
|28 Years, 10 Months, 9 Days
|India, India A, India B, India Blue, West Zone, Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals, India Under-19, Rajasthan, Baroda, Sunrisers Hyderabad, India Under-23, Lucknow Super Giants, Jaanbaaz Kota Challengers
Deepak Hooda, born in Rohtak, is a very experienced domestic Indian cricketer who played for Baroda before moving to Rajasthan ahead of the 2022 domestic season. Deepak is a tall, right-handed middle-order batter, who is more than a handy off-spinner. He made his first-class debut in the 2012-13 season and smashed a hundred in his debut game, becoming only the second player to do so for Baroda.
Hooda was also a part of India's U-19 squad for the 2014 World Cup but it was his domestic performance that earned him a call-up in the Indian T20 League for the 2015 edition. It was Rajasthan who bought him ahead of the season. He scored his maiden fifty in the second game itself against Delhi. Although, his best years in this League, came with Hyderabad as he was bought by them ahead of the 2016 season which they won. Hooda played a few handy knocks and went on to represent them until the 2019 season.
In the next two seasons, Deepak Hooda went unnoticed, but in the mega auction of 2022, Lucknow showed faith in his talent and signed him. Going through a rough patch in his career after his issues with the Baroda Cricket Association, Hooda needed a breakthrough season to re-establish himself. With the Lucknow franchise, Hooda received the support and guidance, and went on the path of resurrection.
Deepak Hooda scored 451 runs in the 2022 season of the Indian T20 League - by far his best, and soon he was selected in the national team. With many senior Indian players rested, Hooda made full use of the opportunities. During a T20I match against Ireland in Dublin, he hammered a 57-ball 104 to prove his mettle and put his name alongside Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul as only the fourth centurion in this format for India.