Washington Sundar Biography: Today here we are going to talk about a young Cricketer who just made his debut of ODI cricket at the age of 18. Although his debut was average, but this Chennai lad surely have some bite in his bowling. He came into the main cricket arena when in IPL 2017 Ravichandran Ashwin sidelined himself from playing due to hernia and Washington Sundar was chosen as his replacement. He started impressing selectors from the word go and now he has been selected for Team India squad for Sri Lanka series after the Hamstring injury of Kedhar Jadhav. There are lot of contenders for spinner slots of team India which includes chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Yazuvendra chahal, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. Let’s have a look at the Washington Sundar Success Story in some facts.
Washington Sundar Biography and Success Story Facts
Roots and Beginings
Washington Sundar was born on 5th of October 1999 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He started playing cricket at the very young age of 11 as second division league player for Chennai.
Washington Sundar belong to a cricketing family. His father who was his first coach made into the probable list for the Ranji Trophy but could not break into squad. His Sister MS Shelaja has also played cricket.
Signed Just hours before IPL 2017
He appeared for the cricket trials for RPS, fortunately he was signed by RPS just hours before the start of IPL 2017 as Ravichandran Ashwin was ruled out of the tournament due to hernia.
Third Youngest IPL debutant
Since he castled Rising Pune Supergiants captain Steve Smith while bowling in the nets, he was given a chance to play in the game over his counterpart Parvez Rasool who is more experienced than Sundar. He became third younest IPL debutant on 22nd of April 2017.
MRF Pace Foundation
Washngton Sundar was trained at the MRF Pace academy at the age of 13 where he impressed his coach M Senthilnathan along with others because of his accurate bowling at that age. He was then selected for first division cricket of Tamil Nadu.
Part of 2016 Under-19 World Cup
Sundar was selected for India U-19 at the age of 15. He was also part of the India U-19 team which reached 2016 U-19 World Cup finals.
Wicketkeeper batsman to Spin bowler
He started his cricket career as a wicketkeeper Batsman but at the age of 13 his school team opted for another wicketkeeper due to which he has to shift spin bowling.
Based on his performance at the under 19 level he was selected to play first-class cricket for Tamil Nadu. He made his first-class debut for Tamil Nadu in 2016. On his debut he played as an opening batsman and scored 40 runs in the second inning but he didn’t get a chance to bowl.
Impressive Tamil Nadu Premier League
He was signed by Albert TUTI Patriots to play for them and his debut season of TNPL was a highly successful one as picked 11 wickets in 9 games at an astonishing economy rate of 5.54.
Vijay Hazare trophy
Tamil Nadu won the Vijay Hazare trophy and Deodhar Trohy. He was part of the winning team of Tamil Nadu.
Filled Big Shoes in the IPL
Sundar Replaced place ruled out Veteran Spinner R Ashwin in the IPL 2017. RPS released statement just hours before their first game that Sundar now has responsibility of filling the shoes of Ashwin.
Sundar bowled lot of his overs inside the powerplay in IPL 2017. He bowled 14 out of his 22 overs inside the powerplay and only Sunil Narine has done this more than Washington Sundar.
Maiden First-Class Century
In October 2017, he scored his maiden first-class century, batting for Tamil Nadu against Tripura in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy.
In November 2017, he was selected to play for India’s T20I squad for the series against Sri Lanka. He was then added to India’s ODI squad for Sri Lanka series following the injury of Kedar Jadhav.
He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka on 13th December 2013. He got one wicket of Lahiru Thirimanne and his figures stand 1 for 65 in ten overs.
Story Behind Washington Sundar Name
His Name is unique and his father finally solve
d the mystery behind his name. He said “I am a Hindu and come from a very humble family. Two streets away from my home in Triplicane lived an ex-army man called P.D. Washington. He was extremely fond of cricket and would come to watch us play at the Marina ground. He took a liking for my game,”
“I was poor and he would buy uniform for me, pay my school fee, get me books, take me to the ground in his cycle and constantly encourage me,” “My wife had a difficult delivery. But the baby survived. As per the Hindu custom, I whispered a God’s name, ‘Srinivasan,’ in his ear. But I decided to name him Washington in memory of the man who had done so much for me. Had I had a second son, I would have called him Washington Jr,” he concluded.
Washington Sundar’s father revealed this in an interview to ‘The Hindu’.