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Deepak Hooda leaves Baroda, set to join Rajasthan

Deepak Hooda, an all-rounder, has left the Baroda Cricket Association and will play for Rajasthan in the 2018 domestic season. The Rajasthan Cricket Association President, Vaibhav Gehlot, remarked, “We are pleased to have Deepak Hooda in the side.”

Wishing For a Change

Hooda’s desire for a change comes after a difficult season with Baroda earlier this year. Hooda had walked out of the side bio-bubble in January, a day before the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament began, after a quarrel with the skipper Krunal Pandya. He was then suspended for the remainder of the domestic season for ‘indiscipline.’

“He asked for a No Objection Certificate and it has been given to him. We wish him well,” Shishir Hattangadi told Cricbuzz. “We picked him for the conditioning camp on the 15th of June. Nobody heard from him, the coaches this year… he was not responding, so I called him around the 30th of June, but no response.

Then he called me at night on the 30th saying that he will report on the 10th of July because he is traveling. Basically, he sent the letter that he will report on 10th of July for training. And on 13th – that is two days back – he sent a letter saying he is looking at changing his team, changing his state,” explained Hattangadi

“There is always … we felt that I mean… he walking out of the bio-bubble also created a lot of trouble no? Without telling anybody. He walked out and then he informed him.

We were not aware of his walking out of the bio-bubble, till he walked out. The very fact that the selectors picked him for the conditioning camp, suggests you know he was available for selection but he decided to move on,” Hattangadi noted.

Hooda’s First-class Debut

Hooda, who made his first-class debut against Bengal in December 2014, has appeared in 46 games and scored 2908 runs at a strike rate of 42.76. In October 2016, he had his best first-class score of 293 against Punjab. In the longest format of the game, he has also taken 20 wickets. He has also been a good performer for Baroda in limited-overs cricket, averaging 1428 runs in 40 games.

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