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‘Demoralized and depressed’ – Deepak Hooda accuses Baroda captain Krunal Pandya of abuse

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Baroda’s Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament plans received a major blow with vice-captain Deepak Hooda pulling out of the season accusing skipper Krunal Pandya of abusing him.

According to the report on Sportstar, Hooda wrote a letter to the Baroda Cricket Association, mentioning that Krunal Pandya had abused him during a net session.

“I am playing cricket since last 11 years from Baroda cricket Association. At present, I am selected for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. I am demoralised, depressed and under pressure. As from last some days and at least from last couple of days, my team captain Mr.Kurnal Pandiya [Krunal Pandya] is using abusive language to me in front of my team-mates and also other states teams who have come for participation at Reliance Stadium Vadodara,” Hooda reportedly wrote in the letter.

Speaking of the specific incident that forced him to pull out of the tournament and leave the team’s bio-bubble, Hooda wrote:

“Today I was practising in nets and doing my preparation for tomorrow’s game with the permission of Head Coach Mr.Prabhkar .Then Krunal came in nets started misbehaving with me. I told him that I’m doing my preparation with the permission of head coach. He told me that ‘I’m the captain , who is the head coach? I am the overall of Baroda team.’ Then he stopped my practice showing his Dadagiri [intimidating him].

“He is trying to pull me down all the time. He is threatening me how you will play for Baroda, I will see you. I have never seen such an unhealthy atmosphere in my cricketing career till date. I have represented at all levels of cricket from Baroda cricket Association only. Also, I’m playing IPL from last 7 years. I have got a good records also in my cricketing career till date.

“I have played a lot of cricket with great international players and captains as well till date. But I never face such a bad behaviour given by a team captain. I’m a team man and I always keep my team above me… In view of above facts, I am unable to play and perform my best under circumstances where every time our Baroda team captain poking me and disturbing me in my preparation.”

The Baroda Cricket Association is reportedly looking into the matter and is waiting for a report from the team manager before deciding on a due course of action.

Hooda’s letter sparked reactions on social media with fans questioning Krunal Pandya.


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