Washington Sundar has quickly taken strides at the international level, as the graceful off-spinner made a name for himself in the recently concluded Nidahas Trophy.
Sundar won the man of the series award for his outstanding bowling performances throughout the tournament. Still only 18, Sundar made his national team debut in December last year against Sri Lanka, and knows that he will have to put in consistent performances to keep his place in the starting XI.
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With the IPL coming up in a couple of weeks, Sundar will be expected to put in a big performance for RCB. The youngster was also full of praise for his skipper, Virat Kohli and was eager to be lead by the legendary skipper.
“If people say I have set a standard, then I should be looking to go higher. I’m really excited to play under Kohli. He is a legend and has been truly inspiring. The challenge will be to overcome all the analysis that’s been done,” he said in an Interview with TOI.
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“I had the belief that I would get another opportunity (after the Lanka T20s at home). I was mentally prepared for everything. But I never expected to end up with the man of the series award. I started off well in the first two games and I just wanted to carry the momentum.
“If you bowl a good ball and the batsman hits you for a boundary, Rohit will pat you on the back and say well bowled. He doesn’t shy away from setting traps and getting wickets in the powerplay. He is an amazing captain. Shastri and Arun had great belief in me. They gave youngsters the confidence and infused the feeling of a match-winner,” he opined.
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“It will be exciting to bowl alongside him(Chahal). Ours is a good combination. He is a leggie and I turn the ball another way. It gives a variety to the attack. We are accurate and wicket-takers. If we can take at least 4 wickets for our team per match, it will great. I have always admired Vettori’s bowling. It will be different working with him – he is a modern-day coach who knows the current generation of cricketers. I’m looking forward to it,” he concluded.