Former India player Pragyan Ojha expects to see swashbuckling batter Deepak Hooda getting more chances in the upcoming three-match ODI series against the West Indies. However, Hooda recently became the fourth Indian player to record a T20I hundred and has been consistent with his displays at No.3 so far as well. Notably, he made his ODI debut earlier this year against West Indies in Ahmedabad. After a couple of promising displays in the 3-0 series win, he continued his fine form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 also to earn a place in the Indian squad as well.
Ojha said on Cricbuzz: “I wish to see more of Deepak Hooda, because he has shown a lot of promise. He has overcome a lot of hurdles in domestic cricket and made his place in the Indian team. I am curious to see how he performs”
Along with Hooda, Pragyan Ojha also named Suryakumar Yadav as the player to watch out for. The swashbuckling right-handed batter has been in great form of late and has arguably sealed his place in the middle order as well. Ojha added: “Suryakumar Yadav is a little senior, but he is still making his place in the team, I want to see how these two players do in this series.”
He had an eventful tour of England and he amassed 215 runs across five innings, which includes his maiden T20I hundred as well. Meanwhile, a second-string squad will take on West Indies in the three-match ODI series where Shikhar Dhawan will lead and Ravindra Jadeja will play as the deputy.
“Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda and Arshdeep Singh are the players I want to see being given an opportunity in the series. I have been impressed with Arshdeep’s bowling, not only skill, but also the temperament with which he bowls. He has bowled well in slog overs in high-pressure matches. It would be interesting to see what mark he leaves if he is given a match to play,” Pragyan Ojha concluded.