Baroda-based all-rounder Deepak Hooda expressed optimism about his debut in the tri-national series against Sri Lanka. We all knew that the star-players including Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar were rested for the Nidahas trophy to be held at Sri Lanka from 6th March 2018.
All are expecting that the new faces like Vijay Shankar, Washington Sundar, and Deepak Hooda might be given an opportunity to show their vigor in this T20I tournament. This trophy will be played by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Rohit Sharma will be the Captain of Indian side for this series.
Earlier, Deepak Hooda was selected to play for the team for a series in India against Sri Lanka last December, but he did not get a chance to play. This 22-year old Rohtak-born player is expected to make his debut in the tournament. Hooda is a right-arm break bowler and a right-handed batsman.
Speaking about his views about the debut he said: “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 played 31 first-class matches for Baroda and scored 2208 runs. He took seven wickets as well. He said that he discussed a few things regarding the game with MS Dhoni when they shared Team India’s dressing room and was implementing his suggestions.
He shared a few things about that saying, “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,”
“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.”
Hooda played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad team in the IPL earlier and said that the experience means a lot to him. He said that he had been to Sri Lanka twice and the climatic conditions were similar to the Asian environment, and that experience will be helpful to tackle the challenges in the upcoming tri-national series.