Deepak Hooda wrote a letter to the Baroda Cricket Association saying he is leaving the team.© PTI
All-rounder Deepak Hooda has reportedly left the Baroda team ahead of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, claiming he was “bullied” by the team captain, Krunal Pandya. Hooda alleged that Krunal Pandya used “foul language” against him in front of his teammates and some opposition teams, as well as preventing him from practicing. Hooda said he was left “demoralized, depressed and under pressure” by Krunal Pandya’s behavior in an email to Baroda Cricket Association secretary Ajit Lele, who confirmed that Hooda was leaving the team.
“I am demoralized, depressed and under pressure. For a few days and certainly for a few days, my team captain, Mr. Krunal Pandya, has been using foul language against me in front of my teammates and also other state teams that have come to participate Reliance Stadium, Vadodara, ” ESPNcricinfo as quoted Hooda in his email to the Baroda Cricket Association.
“I told him (Pandya) that I do my preparation with the permission of the head coach. He told me that“ I am the captain who is the head coach. I am the overalls of the Baroda team, ”Hooda continued.
“” I have never seen such bad behavior from a team captain. I am a team man and I always keep my team above me. Sir, I was really hurt a lot. I respect my game. I have values in my life, ”Hooda wrote.
“Given the above facts, I am unable to play and do my best in circumstances where our Baroda team captain nudges me every time and bothers me in my preparation,” he concluded.
The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy – India’s domestic T20 competition – kicks off today. Bardoa will be placed in Elite Group C and will begin their campaign against Uttarakhand in Vadodara.
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