‘I’m telling you this as ex-head selector. He’s a strong contender. What I like…’ | cricket

Team India is yet to settle on their final 15 for the T20 World Championship, which is due to start in Australia later in October. The Rohit Sharma-led side remain in trial mode as the team is currently part of the five-game T20I series against West Indies. India currently lead the series 2-1 against the hosts, with the last two games scheduled to be played in Florida over the weekend. Also read | “Maybe it’s not my time. Maybe I’m missing something’: Star India cricketers on expulsion from England, West Indies T20Is

And ahead of team selection, all the cricket pundits and ex-cricketers have given their opinion on their perfect 15 for the World Cup and Krishnamachari Srikkanth, India’s former captain and ex-chief selector, has endorsed the 27-year-old Indian star as a “strong contender”. for the tournament.

Srikkanth was praised for all-rounder Deepak Hooda, who has been a revelation in T20 cricket in recent months. After proving his worth in the 2022 IPL for the Lucknow Supergiants power hitter, Hooda was immediately signed after the tournament by Indian management for the back-to-back white ball series where, in the absence of big stars and at the helm of the Ranking was impressive even achieved a record tonne in Ireland.

Speaking to Fan Code during the third T20I game between India and the West Indies, Srikkanth confidently claimed Hooda as a very strong last 15 contender for the T20 World Championship. Admitting he loved Hooda’s ability to hit with freedom, he also hailed the 27-year-old as a “smart bowler.”

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“Deepak Hooda is a strong contender for the T20 World Cup. I am telling you this today as the former chairman of the selection committee. I am absolutely certain that he will be in the last 15 at the World Cup in Australia. I don’t go by numbers. Can Hooda deliver at the World Cup in Melbourne, Australia? Yes. How much? 60-40 What I like about him is courage. I like guys who play with freedom. And he’s a very good bowler too. He’s a smart bowler. He’s a strong, strong contender for the last 15,” he said.

India play their fourth T20I against West Indies on Saturday and the final game of the series in Lauderhill, Florida on Sunday.

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