Byline By- Vinayak Heliwal
In a big blow to Baroda cricket team, their vice-captain All-rounder Deepak Hooda has reportedly quit the team ahead of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy alleging that hat he was abused and bullied by the team captain, Krunal Pandya.
Deepak exited the team bio bubble a day before Baroda’s first match, following a verbal spat with Krunal Pandya.
The star all-rounder alleged that Krunal Pandya used abusive language against him in front of his teammates as well as Opposition players.
Hooda said he is demoralized, depressed, and under pressure by Krunal Pandya’d behavior in an email to Baroda Cricket Association secretary Ajit Lele who confirmed Hooda’s exit from the team.
“At least for the last couple of days, my team captain Mr. Krunal Pandya is using abusive language against me in front of my teammates and also other states’ teams who have come here for participating in the tournament. He (Pandya) stopped me during practice, showing his dadagiri (bullying).”Hooda said in an email to Ajit Lele
The incident has left the team and their coach in a deep dilemma as the all-rounder is a senior cricketer and an important member of their batting line up.
Deepak Hooda has played 46 first-class games and 123 T20 games for Baroda.
Baroda is placed in Elite Group C in Vadodara and will begin their league phase against Uttarakhand.