VADODARA: In a blow to the Baroda team, vice-captain Deepak Hooda reportedly withdrew from the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament on Saturday, a day before Baroda’s first match, after a verbal spat with captain Krunal Pandya.
Hooda wrote to the Baroda Cricket Association management and described Pandya’s behaviour as “dadagiri”.
Hooda reportedly left the bio-bubble on Saturday evening. The incident has left the team and their coach in a dilemma as the all-rounder is a senior cricketer and an important member of their batting line-up.
Hooda, in an email to the BCA, said: “I am playing cricket since the last 11 years for Baroda Cricket Association. At present, I am selected for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. I am demoralised, depressed and under pressure.
“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.”
Hooda further wrote: “He (Pandya) stopped me during practice showing his dadagiri.”
Hooda, who has played 46 first-class games for Baroda apart from 123 T20 matches, said that he was unable to play and perform to the best of his ability under the prevailing circumstances.