India vs Sri Lanka: Washington Sundar says he has game to play for national side

Sundar first made the T20 team for the upcoming T20 series against Sri Lanka before being named as a last-minute replacement for the injured Kedar Jadhav in the ongoing ODIs.

PTI, Dec 12, 2017 20:27:17 IST

Mohali: All of 18, Washington Sundar says an unflinching belief in his game has helped him break into the Indian team.

Not so long ago Sundar flunked the Yo-Yo test, which has to be cleared to make the national team, but he worked hard on his fitness to convince the selectors.

"For any cricketer, playing for India is the ultimate dream. As an 18-year-old, I have got the opportunity to play for India and it is a great feeling. I trust a lot in my preparation and it has paid off."

India vs Sri Lanka: Washington Sundar says he has game to play for national side

India's Washington Sundar during a practice session on the eve of the second ODI match against Sri Lanka. PTI

Sundar first made the T20 team for the upcoming T20 series against Sri Lanka before being named as a last-minute replacement for the injured Kedar Jadhav in the ongoing ODIs.

Sundar, who bowls off-spin and bats left-handed, is unlikely to get a game in the series but is relishing his time in the Indian dressing room.

"It has been my fourth day to be precise but I do not feel that I just became part of the team. I knew a lot of players before, have played with Mahi bhai (Dhoni) in the IPL. They all made me feel at home," said Sundar ahead of the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

Though he failed the fitness test, Sundar said he always believed in his ability. What if he is just 18.

Sundar attracted attention with his performances in the IPL, helping Pune Supergiants reach the final. But it was not enough to play for India, so, he worked harder on all aspects of his game.

"I went back, prepared a lot, trained a lot of aspects, where I needed to. It paid off. I started bowling more and spent extra time on my batting. And fitness also as you know it has become a very important aspect of this Indian team," said the Tamil Nadu all-rounder, who made his first-class debut last year before playing his first List A game this March.

Talking about his potential role in the Indian team, Sundar knows he has to perform both with bat and ball whenever he gets an opportunity.

"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."

Named as Jadhav's replacement, Sundar joined the team in Dharamsala, where the batting failed miserably in pace-friendly conditions.

It is not as cold here in Mohali, but cold enough for the ball to do a bit. It rained heavily yesterday, bringing the extra chill in the air as the groundstaff covered the entire field of play.

Barring Dhoni, the Indian batsmen were all at sea against the moving ball in Dharamsala but Sundar said such kind of surfaces are elsewhere too in the country.

"You do see a lot of wickets like that. In a domestic season, you get to play two games on tracks similar to Dharamsala. The way Mahi bhai batted was great, he went on the counter-attack. Another 60-70 runs would have made a lot of difference," said Sundar.

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Updated Date: Dec 12, 2017 20:27:17 IST






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