Before the first T20I between India and New Zealand on Friday, former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer spoke out in favor of a prominent player. After a disappointing performance in the 2022 T20 World Cup, Team India will face Kane Williamson’s New Zealand on their maiden overseas trip. India and New Zealand advanced to the ICC competition’s semifinals in Australia.

The eventual winners England outplayed the Rohit Sharma-led team in the T20 World Cup semifinals while Babar Azam’s Pakistan thrashed New Zealand. In the away series against New Zealand, India will be without the services of all-format captain Rohit Sharma, vice-captain KL Rahul, and former skipper Virat Kohli. Wasim Jaffer, a former Indian batter, shared his thoughts on the likely starting lineup for the series opener and decided to support all-rounder Deepak Hooda.

“Because Hooda was a member of the World Cup team, I chose him. You should give favor to the player who made the team but only participated in one match. If you choose another squad and he doesn’t fit in, it sends the wrong message “ESPNCricinfo was informed by Jaffer. At the Sky Stadium, Team India, captained by Hardik Pandya, will square off against the Black Caps in the first T20I.

Jaffer emphasized Hooda’s batting prowess in the Irelands T20Is and said that the Indian all-rounder can contribute a few overs in the Friday 20-over match. “Hooda is also capable of giving you overs with the ball. He did strike a century in the top order against Ireland, but there was no room for him thereafter. Surya and Hardik affix the seals on Nos. 4 and 5. Hooda can only be at No. 6 in my opinion “Added Jaffer.

For Team India, Hooda has participated in 13 T20 International matches. At the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium earlier this year, the 27-year-old played against Sri Lanka in his first T20I match. The star all-rounder has scored 293 runs for the 2007 champions in the shortest format, setting a record.