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- The England great hailed Hooda and Samson's record Dublin show on Tuesday and backed the pair to fill the Rohit Sharma-Virat Kohli gap after the 2022 T20 World Cup.
- Sanju Samson batted beautifully in his comeback game for India in the 2nd T20I against Ireland, but was dismissed on 77 off 42 balls. Deepak Hooda, meanwhile, scored his maiden century, smashing 104 in 57 deliveries.
- With Dinesh Karthik keeping wickets and Ishan Kishan opening the innings, Sanju Samson had been left out of India's playing eleven for the first T20I.
- The player said that Dinesh Karthik keeping wickets for the first T20I match against Ireland could mean that the veteran is the second choice wicketkeeper after Rishabh Pant.
- Deepak Hooda, who surprisingly opened the innings with Ishan Kishan, hit six fours and two sixes in Malahide to carry the tourists past their 109-run target in 9.2 overs.
ByHT Sports Desk, New Delhi