Deepak Hooda Fails To Score Big In His Milestone IPL Match

Having recently struggled in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Deepak Hooda's performance in a landmark game has brought his struggles to a new low. Hooda did not contribute significantly to the game against Mumbai Indians (MI) at Lucknow during IPL 2023, scoring just five runs off seven balls before being removed by Jason Behrendorff. 

A Season of Struggles

Deepak Hooda hasn't played particularly well in the current IPL season. He has only been able to score a meagre 69 runs at an average of 6.90 throughout the course of 11 games. 

With a maximum of 10 innings played during an IPL season, this poor performance places him at the bottom of the list for batting averages among all players. The range of Hooda's scores in this edition, from 1 to 17, and his unimpressive strike rate of 89.61 have been questioned.

In sharp contrast to Hooda's outstanding success during the 2022 IPL season is this poor season. He demonstrated his prowess as a dependable batsman last year, scoring 451 runs in 15 games at a respectable average of 32.21 and a strike rate of 136.67. 

Among the Lowest Averages

Due to his poor average during the current IPL season, Deepak Hooda joins the ranks of other players who have experienced similar difficulties in the past. A single IPL season has presented hurdles for players like Nicholas Pooran (85 runs in IPL 2021 with an average of 7.73), Deepak Hooda himself (144 runs in IPL 2016 with an average of 10.29), and Eoin Morgan (133 runs in IPL 2021 with an average of 11.08).

The Match Overview

The Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) batted first in the game against the Mumbai Indians, scoring 177/3 in the allotted 20 overs. However, with Hooda, Prerak Mankad, and Quinton de Kock being dismissed early, LSG found itself in a precarious position at 35/3. 

While Marcus Stoinis (89* off 47 balls) played a hero's innings, his late onslaught brought LSG's total into contention.

Ishan Kishan and skipper Rohit Sharma put on a strong opening partnership for MI's chase, scoring 59 runs off 39 balls. Despite their best efforts, MI was unable to maintain the requisite run rate, which resulted in wickets falling. 

Despite Tim David's heroic effort (32* off 19 balls), MI finished at 172/5, five runs short of their target.

The Aftermath

Despite this victory, LSG sat in third place after 13 games with seven wins, five defeats, and one no-result. With seven victories, six defeats, and 14 points after 13 games, MI's position has dropped to fourth. The competition between the two teams to make the playoffs keeps the tournament exciting.

Deepak Hooda's IPL season problems haven't abated, as his milestone match didn't produce the outcomes he was hoping for. With inconsistent performances and a considerable decline in averages from the prior year, Hooda's journey is an excellent example of the difficulties and unpredictabilities that cricketers frequently experience in the fast-paced game of T20 cricket.

Who else has struggled with IPL batting averages?
IPL seasons have seen several players with low batting averages. The notable names are Nicholas Pooran (85 runs in IPL 2021 at 7.73), Deepak Hooda (144 runs in IPL 2016 at 10.29), and Eoin Morgan (133 runs at 11.08).
How did Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) vs. Mumbai Indians (MI) play?
LSG batted first and scored 177/3 in 20 overs. However, early dismissals of Hooda, Prerak Mankad, and Quinton de Kock left LSG in a difficult position. Marcus Stoinis' outstanding innings (89* off 47 balls) lifted LSG's score.
What happened in the Mumbai Indians match chase?
An opening combination between Ishan Kishan (59 off 39 balls) and Rohit Sharma (37 off 25 balls) started MI brightly. Mumbai Indians failed to maintain the desired run pace, losing wickets. Tim David's 32* off 19 balls helped MI reach 172/5, but they lost by five runs.