Hooda smashed a cracking 64-run knock in just 28 deliveries against Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday. The Punjab batsman also picked up a stunning catch on the last ball of the Royals’ chase to seal the victory in Punjab’s favour.
Speaking in a video posted on Punjab Kings’ Twitter, the batsman said he looked up to captain KL Rahul and the skipper had been very supported. “As a captain and as a senior players, KL bhai was very supportive, he supported me and backed me.
“I like KL bhai’s batting, I like it very much, the way he looks forward to a game, the way he approaches a game. It was the first time I batted with KL bhai and it was fun batting with him.”
Speaking about his match-winning knock against the Royals, Hooda said, “My mindset was pretty aggressive. If the ball is in my area, I will go for it. I feel blessed about the innings but at the same time, I really want to thank Punjab Kings, the way they have supported me, made me bat up the order and when I delivered there, it feels nice.”
After pulling off a thrilling win against Royals, the Punjab Kings will next take on MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings on Friday (April 16) at the Wankhede Stadium.
(With inputs from agencies)
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