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In the IPL, Deepak Hooda played for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) AFP

Deepak Hooda was ‘over the moon’ after he earned his maiden national call-up in the Indian side for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka in this month. Hooda was among three others who earned their maiden call-ups. Meanwhile, Hooda credited Yuvraj Singh for priceless inputs as he also said that the latter has been like a role model for him. Hooda plays for Baroda in the domestic circuit, as he amassed 2,208 runs in 31 First-Class matches. In the IPL, he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), as and where Yuvraj too played for the side. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 3rd Test at Delhi

On Yuvraj’s inputs

“Look, you get a lot to learn from Yuvi Paa [Yuvraj Singh]. All the way, he used to tell me how [how to play], how to bat at different situations, he always spoke about my strengths, told me about my weaknesses, how to react to a bowler, how to take the team ahead. Yuvi Paa is like a role model for me. And in the two years, I have learned a lot from him and will apply them,” said Hooda, as reported by PTI.

On his feeling following national call-up

“My feeling [at the moment] is very good. It is a dream come true for my family. I am feeling good. I will try and learn maximum things [after being with the team]. I will observe how Dhoni bhai [MS Dhoni], Rohit bhai [Rohit Sharma], and all other players react [to situations], and that will be a learning.”

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India call-up "dream come true" for Deepak Hooda

On being an all-rounder

“Yes, I being an all-rounder will obviously benefit me. I am an all-rounder and presently doing both the things [batting and bowling] good. I am feeling confident about my batting and bowling. I will give my 110 per cent.”

On idolising Kevin Pietersen

“To be honest, I very much admire Kevin Peterson. When I have started watching cricket, I admired Pieterson, for the way he played.”