Nidahas Trophy 2018: All-rounder Deepak Hooda hopes to make international debut in tri-series tournament

Hooda was first picked in the Indian squad for the three-match bilateral T20 series versus Sri Lanka held last December at home, but did not get a game.

PTI, March 02, 2018

Mumbai: With some key players, including captain Virat Kohli, given a break, young Baroda all-rounder Deepak Hooda is optimistic of making his international debut in the upcoming T20 tri-nation series in Sri Lanka.

Hooda was first picked in the Indian squad for the three-match bilateral T20 series versus Sri Lanka held last December at home, but did not get a game.

The 22-year-old Rohtak-born player has been chosen again in the T20 squad, to be led by Rohit Sharma, and this time he hopes to get a game.

File image of Deepak Hooda. Image courtesy: Twitter @sunrisers

File image of Deepak Hooda. Image courtesy: Twitter @sunrisers

With senior pros like Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni rested for the series, chances of youngsters like Hooda being given a chance in the tri-series, which kicks off from 6 March at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, have brightened.

"This is an important series. I did not get a chance (to play) in the first series (in which I was selected), I hope that I will now get a chance and I am prepared for it. I will give my 110 percent," Hooda told PTI on Friday.

Hooda, a right-handed batsman and right-arm off break bowler, has so far played 31 first class games for Baroda in which he has amassed 2208 runs. He has also taken seven wickets.

The player said he had discussed a few things about the game with former skipper Dhoni when he shared the Indian team's dressing room and was applying what the ex-skipper told him.

"Yes that (being in the Indian dressing room) obviously helped. There are big players in the team, who have done so much for the nation. Speaking to them, you learn a lot," he said.

"I asked MS (Dhoni), that being (batting) at number five, what should be my thinking and we discussed it and he told me (about it) and I am applying it," he added.

Hooda has been to the island nation two times earlier and he said conditions there are similar to other Asian countries.

Hooda, who played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad last year, said his experiences from the Indian Premier League will also help him in the T20 tri-series which concludes on 18 March.

Updated Date: Mar 02, 2018





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3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
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