Deepak Hooda playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad    AFP
Deepak Hooda playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad AFP

Indian selectors have instilled their faith in youngsters for the limited-overs leg against Sri Lanka by calling up the likes of Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Basil Thampi, Mohammad Siraj and Jaydev Unadkat. Hooda, for whom this is his maiden India T20I call-up, has expressed his happiness.

Speaking to IndianExpress, Hooda said: Getting a chance to represent the country is nothing less than a dream come true for me and my family. Wearing the Indian jersey is something I have been waiting for. I believe, it was my performance for India A which has been awarded now

Hooda s recent form for Baroda in Ranji Trophy 2017-18 has been splendid, having scored back-to-back three half-centuries.

On his batting position with India

Right now, I don t have any expectations for batting at a certain position. Instead of contributing to team s success will be my priority.

On his IPL experience

IPL s experience will come handy and whatever I can learn from seniors here will be a bonus for me. To succeed at this level, I am looking to get vital inputs from seniors and coaches.