Deepak Hooda is hopeful of making his international debut in the upcoming Nidahas Trophy. The Rohit Sharma led side had some permanent players which didn't allow Hooda to fit in the XI.
However, this time with some key players including captain Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya taking rest; the Baroda captain is optimistic of finally wearing the blue jersey.
"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 said.
Hooda, in this year's Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, scored 226 runs with an average of 32.38. Most importantly his strike rate was 150.66 which looks lethal in lower middle order.
The 22-year-old revealed he had discussed a few things about the game with former skipper MS 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.