Washington Sundar replaced Kuldeep Yadav in India’s final XI for the second ODI vs Sri Lanka in Mohali. Washington Sundar, at 18 years and 69 days, has been handed an Indiadebut. The Chennai off-spinner also made his maiden appearance in the IPL where he replaced the seasoned R Ashwin in the Rising Pune Supergiant.
For RPS, Sundar picked eight wickets from 11 matches at an economy of 6.16. On Wednesday, as India geared up to play Sri Lanka in the second ODI, he replaced Kuldeep Yadav, who had been India’s favored slower bowler in the shorter formats since they decided to rely on wrist-spin.
In Ranji Trophy, he has played 12 matches and scored 532 runs at an average of 31.29. He also has a century and two half-centuries in the 12 First-Class games. He has done a better with his bowling in First-Class cricket. In the 12 matches, he has 30 wickets and that too at an average of 26.93. He has two five-wicket hauls and one ten-wicket haul. In List A career, Sundar has played nine games. He has taken seven wickets in those matches but his economy rate of 3.93 makes him a valuable asset.
With his India dream coming true on Wednesday, Sundar also became the seventh youngest cricketer at 18 years 69 days to represent the country. The list is headed by the legend Sachin Tendulkar, who burst onto the international scene back in 1989 aged just 16 years 238 days.
“It has been my fourth day to be precise but I do not feel that I just became part of the team. I knew alot of players before, have played with Mahi bhai (Dhoni) in the IPL,” Sundar said when asked about his sudden move into the side.
“I would definitely have to be ready to bowl 10 overs of off-spin and contribute with the bat no matter what position the team is in,” he had said.
According to ESPNcricinfo, Sundar got Washington as his first name because his father wanted to honor a man named Mr. Washington who had helped him build a cricket career. His father came close to representing Tamil Nadu but never made it to the final squad.
Now the Tamil Nadu youngster, who has improved in leaps and bounds, has his first opportunity to put his words to good effect.