India Squad Asia Cup: Deepak Hooda vs Shreyas Iyer: There is huge competition for places in the batting department in India…
India Squad Asia Cup: Deepak Hooda vs Shreyas Iyer: There is a huge competition for places in the batting department in the Indian team for the Asian Cup and T20 World Cup. And as for the continental competition, from the end of this month, Deepak Hooda is set to be picked by Shreyas Iyer as the backup number three in the upcoming 2022 Asian Cup. The Indian team, which is expected to be announced on Monday, I have no place for Sanju Samson too. Follow the live updates of the Asian Cup 2022 with InsideSport.IN
Hooda has become nearly unbeatable with solid performances with the bat in the shorter format. However, it’s quite the opposite when it comes to Iyer, who has had a string of low scores. As for Samson, the batsman from Kerala, despite being one of the talented batsmen in India, has never lived up to the hype. He has been too inconsistent.
So the competition is mainly between Iyer and Hooda. Iyer even played the first three T20s against the West Indies, but still failed to impress. He has scored 34 runs in three games, which doesn’t bode well. It’s not just about racing, he doesn’t look too confident in the crease.
Contrast that with Hooda, who has been between races every time he’s had the opportunity to ride for the India team. He has scores of 21, 47 not knocked out, 104 and 33 in his last four T20 matches, although he hasn’t had any chances in the T20 against the West Indies. It’s such a contrasting form that it will force selectors to pick Hooda over Iyer for the Asian Cup as the backup number three.
Why is Hooda ahead of Iyer in the pecking order?
- Hooda has never failed to impress in the last two months while representing Team India.
- He even scored a T20 hundred recently
- Iyer has been below average in the T20 format
- Hooda can be used as a floater in the playing XI as the batsman can also finish innings.
- He is more than skillful on the ball if need be.
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Virat Kohli is still number three: It is important to note that senior players from the Indian team, including Virat Kohli, will also be in the squad for the Asian Cup series. The team is also expected to see the return of KL Rahul, who is expected to open alongside Rohit Sharma.
Kohli will be batting in his usual position at number three in the Asian Cup. But the hitter will be under pressure. With an informed Hooda as the number three alternative, the former Indian captain will be aware of the need to score runs under his belt, especially as the T20 World Cup is just two months away.