Because, in his opinion, there is no other option but to face the challenges while batting at the top of the order.
Riding on his powerful attacking abilities, Hooda took the limelight by scoring 104 off 57 balls in India’s second T20 International match against Ireland here on Tuesday.
Batting third, Hooda became the fourth Indian batsman to score a century in the shortest format.
“I have never opened in an international game, but being a top order batsman you have to face challenges and you have no choice.
“And if you have no choice, then why don’t you go there like a warrior. That’s the way I think, and things have changed my way. I’m happy with that,” Hooda said after the match.
At a time when young talents are flooding in, the 27-year-old all-rounder admitted that getting a place in the Indian team and retaining it is not easy.
“To be honest, yes it is difficult to get a place in the Indian team and then stay there. But at the same time when you are playing in the colors of India, at the time you never think about yourself, you think about the team.
“I think about this on the ground ‘how can I contribute to the team in that situation’. I don’t think more than that, I try to keep things simple. Whether I score or not, ”Hooda said.
Hooda hit his first T20I century with nine boundaries and six sixes after opener Ishan Kishan was dismissed in the third over.
“To be honest, the Irish team played really well against us and we had fun playing against them.
“Between the first and second game, I think there was a difference in the pitch. In the first game the atmosphere was cloudy and the wicket was wet. But today the wicket was very good for batting, the way both are clear. The teams batted. So I felt the wicket was one. Is a big factor. ”
Hooda also revealed that a recent change in mindset has helped him perform better.
“As a cricketer, what I have learned recently is that you should not think too far ahead. How many series are there, watch one game at a time. If my work policy is good, I will come to a match. I’m going to score, that’s my thinking.
“Try to keep it simple, live in the present, play the situation well, and then the result will come automatically. Sooner or later, it will come,” Hooda said.
Hooda also praised Hardik PandyaWho led the team in a two-match series.
“Naturally, Haridak is leading very well. He led a new franchise in the IPL and they won the title. I am really happy for him and the way he is fulfilling his responsibilities. I am really proud of him. , He is doing very well. ”
During India’s innings, Hooda put up a record partnership of 176 for the second wicket. Sanju SamsonWho returned to the team with a career-best 77 runs.
It is the highest partnership by any Indian pair for any wicket in that format, surpassing the previous best of 165 by Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in Indore against Sri Lanka in 2017.
“Honestly, I came from a good IPL and wanted to follow the same performance. I’m happy with my intentions. I like to play that way (aggressively) and I’m batting in order these days so I’m getting some time.
“Sanju is my childhood friend, it’s always good to bat with him. Thanks to the fans, the way they came and supported us,” Hooda said.