The extremely competitive and resolve challenging nature of the sport continues to live on in this innovative shortened format of the game, T20 cricket has been another wind in the sails for one of mans most beloved pastimes and the support for the beloved sport has returned to its glorious levels of yesteryear with competitions like the Pepsi IPL making the game as fiery and as adored as it has ever been across all echelons and classes. Within this great hive of growth and success across the sport, the culture of youth development in cricket has once again received its platform to shine within the game as more competitions and formats equate to a need for more players as playing opportunities become available across the realm. The Pepsi IPL has begun to mark itself out as a competition where uncut diamonds are unearthed and the 2015 edition has continued that growing culture in some style, our Talent Scout will continue to run the rule over some of the best u/23 players in the competition in this IPL 2015 Young Gun Scouting Report feature. Bless you.
Full Name: Deepak Jagbir Hooda
DoB: April 19th, 1995 (20)
PoB: Rohtak, Haryana; India
Batting Style: Right-Hand
Bowling Style: Right-Arm Off Spin
Playing Role: All-Rounder
IPL Franchise: Rajasthan Royals
IPL Squad No: #5
Represented Teams: India u/19, Baroda, West Zone
IPL 2015 Record: 7 Innings, 117 Runs, S/R 208.92, Ave 23.40, T/S 54, 1 50, 1 Wicket, Econ 7.80
T20 Record: 19 Innings, 165 Runs, S/R 168.36 Ave 16.50, T/S 54, 1 50, 1 Wicket, Econ 7.60
T20 Debut: Baroda v Gujarat; March 19th, 2013 (Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy)
The Grand Stand View
The Indian u/19 side announced their generation as a force to be reckoned with during the 2014 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, playing some great limited overs cricket with dominant batting displays and efficient shifts from the bowling unit making them a competitive side to encoder on the turn friendly pitches of the United Arab Emirates. One of the true shining lights during that tournament is an all-rounder with the potential to develop into a player that earns a place in the upper echelons of the cricket Hall of Fame, a composed and confident batsman with class in his strokes and the balance to play with his head straight and strike the ball cleanly when he is at the crease; although the numbers would mark him out as more of a batting all-rounder, the quality in Deepak’s game is his remarkably accurate bowling and the pressure he places on a batting unit with his dot balls forcing batsmen to take him on and often throw away their wicket under pressure.
Now Hooda would not be the perfect all-rounder in the making if he could not be a match-winner in the field as well, the standard of fielding and athleticism in Indian cricket has continued to improve remarkably over the years and young players like Deepak are benefactors of the work put in by the nation as whole; the big-hitting wicket taking fielding ace named Deepak Hooda has all the tools required to develop into a player we will enjoy watching displaying his God given abilities at the elite level for the next decade at the least.
His marvellous displays during his breakout season of 2014 for his state side Baroda in the Ranji Trophy and the clinical displays of all-round efficiency in the 2014 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup where more than enough to alert all within the Indian cricket fraternity of his then already evident potential; youth coaches will tell you that you can tell when a young lad is ready to make the step up when he regularly turns his potential into performances and shows his class regardless of the conditions he is facing, 2014 was the year Deepak Hooda did that and more.
India may have underachieved in the UAE when you look at the talent they have produced, but their 5th place finish is less of a benchmark and more of a floor for their generation to build upon as they grow together and individually; they have every reason to be proud of their lads and the manner in which they are approaching their careers with a level of professionalism that only bodes well for the future. Deepak Hooda returned as one of India’s genuine stars in the making as he took the second most amount of wickets for the team with his 11 wicket tally at a strike rate of 24.0 with an economy of 4.18; Hooda was also second amongst the run getters with his 235 runs coming at a strike rate of 94.75 with an extremely healthy average of 78.33 and a highest score of 76 not out which he achieved in a defiant stand against their Sri Lankan counterparts to help India claim 5th place, Hooda was named player of the match after adding to his performance with a 3 wicket haul as Sri Lanka were bowled out 76 runs short of the target. Hooda also finished the tournament second in the charts for the side when it came to catches with his five in 6 innings making him one of the best all-rounders of his generation in a tournament that had an abundance of top class talent.