Hooda only made his international debut in 2022, but has been a regular presence in India’s squads. His ability to score quick runs and provide a few overs of part-time offspin were seen as assets in terms of balancing the XI. But when India had access to all of their first-choice players – which they did in the recent T20I series win over Australia – he was pushed down to the bench. The BCCI is yet to release any detail on the extent of Hooda’s injury. He was named part of their 16-member T20 World Cup squad due to travel to Australia in October.