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Washington Sundar gets his dream debut vs Sri Lanka in Mohali ODI

Washington Sundar as given his maiden ODI cap from coach Ravi Shastri before the start of play vs Sri Lanka at Mohali. He became the seventh youngest Indian to make his ODI debut.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Dec 13, 2017 13:16 IST
Ashutosh Sharma
Ashutosh Sharma
Hindustan Times, Mohali
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Washington Sundar was handed his maiden ODI cap from coach Ravi Shastri before the start of play vs Sri Lanka at Mohali. (PTI)

Washington Sundar started as a batsman before discovering his talent as a bowler. The off-spinner first came into focus with his stint with Rising Pune Supergiants after being fast-tracked to Tamil Nadu Ranji squad. (IND v SL updates)

From replacing an injured Kedar Jadhav to being drafted into the Indian cricket team for the second ODI side in place of Kuldeep Yadav, it has been eventful week for the Tamil Nadu youngster. (IND v SL scorecard)

On Wednesday, with India looking for batting depth in overcast condition in Mohali vs the Sri Lankan cricket team, the 18-year-old all-rounder was given his maiden ODI cap from coach Ravi Shastri. He became the seventh youngest Indian to make his ODI debut.

With this he joined the illustrious list of players like Sachin Tendulkar, who made his debut at the age of 16 years and 238 days, Maninder Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Parthiv Patel, Laxmi Rattan Shukla and Chetan Sharma.

Sundar was recently in news for having failed the Yo-Yo test but he said that is what inspired him to work harder. On the eve of the match Sundar felt he is ready both mentally and physically to take on the rigours of the international cricket.

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“I am ready to bowl 10 overs of my off-spin and also contribute with the bat no matter what position the team is in,” Sundar said, on the eve of the match.

Sundar said that failing the fitness test inspired him to get back to the drawing board and his hard work has paid off.

“I went back and prepared a lot. I trained harder in all the aspects, which I thought were lagging. I started bowling more and spent extra time on my batting. I also worked on fitness as it has become a very important aspect of this Indian team,” said Sundar, who after his debut last year has played 12 first-class matches for Tamil Nadu.

First Published: Dec 13, 2017 12:41 IST