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T20 World Cup: Sunil Gavaskar unhappy with Deepak Hooda’s shot selection, gave special advice


India scored just 133 runs against South Africa.
When Kohli dropped the catch, Rohit had missed the run out.
India has slipped to the second spot in the Group 2 Super 12 table.

New Delhi. Former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar was not impressed with the manner in which all-rounder Deepak Hooda was dismissed against South Africa in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Perth on Sunday (October 30). Hooda did not open his account and faced only a couple of balls. Gavaskar said that I was insisting on playing an extra batsman, but Deepak Hooda tried to attack his third ball while Suryakumar Yadav was at the other end. He had to play smart cricket.

After a stellar start to the T20 World Cup campaign, India got a reality check against South Africa at the Optus Stadium in Perth, where the South African pace lineup mirrored the Indian batting. Especially Lungi Ngidi, who took four for 29 in his four-over spell. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma could not stay on the pitch for long. Even Virat Kohli got out cheaply. Only Suryakumar Yadav showed some strength. He continued his form with another half-century. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said that apart from Suryakumar Yadav, no batsman could run.

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Deepak Hooda got a chance in place of Akshar Patel
Sunil Gavaskar told India Today, “I am not blaming the batsmen. I am saying that except Suryakumar Yadav, nobody played the kind of cricket that he had, which would have helped us get 15-20 runs more. Apart from this, Deepak Hooda was given a chance in place of Akshar Patel. Young players have played on Indian pitches. In such a situation, playing on the pitch of Perth, he must have felt completely different. The extra bounce left him restless and when he was dismissed, India had already lost their top order before reaching 50.

Gavaskar gave special advice to Deepak Hooda
In such a situation, Gavaskar has advised Deepak Hooda to play ‘smart cricket’. “For example, some of the wickets that we saw, maybe he was worried about the pace and bounce on the pitch and hence trying to do something different. But it was difficult to do something different against a quality attack. I was insisting on playing an extra batsman, but Deepak Hooda tried to attack with his third ball while Suryakumar Yadav was at the other end. He had to play smart cricket.”

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Indian batsmen piled up in front of Lungi Ngidi
Indian batsmen could not stand in front of Lungi Ngidi. Suryakumar Yadav played an innings of 68 runs in 40 balls. In this innings, he hit 6 fours and 3 sixes, which helped India recover from the score of 49 for 5.

Gavaskar said – we did not score enough runs
Gavaskar further said, “I think in cricket you are going to have situations where catches are going to be missed, there will be run out opportunities. What you are really seeing is that we didn’t score enough runs. On a pitch where there is going to be a bit of a challenge for the batsmen. I think you have to play smart. I don’t think we played smart cricket because if you had played smart cricket, there would have been 150 runs on the scoreboard.”

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