Deepak Hooda: Controversial all-rounder Deepak Hooda emerges from darkness, uncertainty

Deepak Hooda: অন্ধকার, অনিশ্চয়তা কাটিয়ে জ্বলে উঠলেন বিতর্কিত অলরাউন্ডার দীপক

Sabyasachi Bagchi: Even a year ago, the words ‘uncertainty’, ‘darkness’ and ‘controversial’ could have been easily added to his name. However, after those ‘black days’, Deepak Hooda returned to his glory. The doors of the national team finally opened for the 26-year-old all-rounder.

January 2021

In January last year, Syed Mustaq Ali broke the organic circle in the Baroda team before a match. The reason for this was Deepak’s claim that the team’s captain Krunal Pandya had treated him rudely. Krunal even went to kill him in front of other teammates. Such serious allegations were made to the Baroda cricket authorities in writing but to no avail. Because Deepak was sent into exile.

After that incident, Deepak went into mental depression. He kept himself under house arrest for about two months. But that dark life did not last long. Because, besides family and a few close friends, two brothers Yusuf and Irfan Pathan came forward to bring light in Deepak’s life.

Jumpcut, January 26, 2022 –

True luck shows strange play. His life changed in just one year. At 11 o’clock in the night, Deepak got the news that his life had changed. He has been included in the squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against the West Indies. Tears welled up in his eyes when he saw the BCCI tweet.

That is what he said in a telephone call to G24 on January 26, “You know, I still can’t believe it. Last year was the hardest time of my life. I still shudder to think of those days. I would close the house and cry alone. Cricket was taken away from me even though I did nothing wrong. At that time family and some close friends were by his side. But if Yusuf and Irfan Bhai had not stood by me, I would have been lost. I was able to return to the field for them. That is why there was an opportunity in the national team. What could be better than this. “

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He also got a chance in the national team once in the 2016-17 season. But that time the door of the first XI did not open. However, this time he is desperate to take advantage of the opportunity. Deepak added, “It has been almost five years since I was called up to the national team again. But to be honest, I used to dream of wearing a blue jersey before the start of every domestic season. But I could never break down that door. But last year’s experience has taught me a lot. The last 12 months have taught me to be patient without warming my head. And that experience is the key to my success. “

Deepak Hooda_Practice

During the telephone conversation, the Pathan brothers started talking again. Two former Indian cricketers are like gods to Deepak! That is what he wanted to explain. Deepak said, “All the credit for my success goes to Yusuf and Irfan Bhai. Not only did they teach me how to move forward in life, I also learned from them how to treat people. “

How was the practice? Deepak said, “Every morning I would go to Motibagh Stadium or Baroda Police Station with a kit bag. Two brothers used to be present before I went to the field. I used to bat against Irfan and Yusuf Bhai in the net as well as against them. In this way, they have tried to light up my dark days. “

He also got Anil Kumble and KL Rahul by his side in the fight to come back. Deepak has played in Punjab Kings for the last two seasons. He could not play any competitive match in the last IPL. Yet Kumble showed confidence in this young man.

Deepak Hooda in Punjab Kings

In that context, Deepak added, “Anil Sir has played a big role in my career. KL Rahul also showed confidence. So I played successfully for Punjab Kings. “

After the deportation was lifted, the thought of bringing him back to the Baroda team began. But Deepak was not willing to lose his self-esteem. Go to Rajasthan and sign up. And that was the biggest turning point in Deepak’s career. He was given the captaincy of the team. After that, Vijay Hazare showed his dominance in the trophy. Deepak responded with 294 runs in that match with the bat. There are 109 runs against Karnataka.

According to Deepak, “Going to Rajasthan is like being reborn. Not for a minute did I feel like I was playing in the Vine State. And that boosted my confidence. “

According to many cricket pundits, Deepak should have got a chance in the national T20 team as well. However, the boy who was once in the dark is desperate to take advantage of this opportunity. Because in Deepak’s life that light has come back again.

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