“We were not surprised to be very honest. We know about Washi’s capability. Had Shardul continued batting, both of them would have scored centuries,” Washington Sundar’s father M Sundar advised indianexpress.com after the participant’s return from the historic Australia sequence.
Sundar, who grew to become the 301st participant to signify India within the longer format, had a memorable outing Down Under the place he not solely delivered with the ball but additionally stitched an unbelievable century stand with Shardul Thakur in Gabba Test to convey Indian again into the competition from the jaws of defeat to win the sequence 2-1.
While the joy inside the household was anticipated as they welcomed Washington again residence, his father is very happy to see his son after months. “He was in a bubble. We understand that these are part and parcel of a cricketer’s life but six months is a long period. We were a bit worried. Every day we used to have at least one and a half hours video call, Washington never skipped that. We just prayed that he be fine and we thank BCCI for taking care of all the players in such a good manner during a difficult phase,” mentioned Sundar who as soon as was a Ranji possible himself.
Reminiscing his son’s early days on the massive stage, Sundar mentioned Washington at all times carried out effectively each time a chance offered itself. “Washington is a blessed child. We call him Gnana Kuzhanthai (wise child). He started taking cricket seriously when he was five-years-old. Even if it were a tennis ball game, he would play that very seriously. I guess that has developed him as a cricketer. He is passionate about cricket more than anything else. We supported him trusting his ability,” mentioned the left-handed batter’s father.
“Here in India, especially on the southern side, there is no sports culture as such. Parents want their children to focus more on academics. Getting 80 or 90 marks is more important for them, but for us, it was all about his interest. Washington studied hardly for an hour at home, his elder sister (Shailaja Sundar) used to teach and help him with his home works, etc.”
“After the U-19 World Cup, Washington prepared for his Class XII exam in two weeks and did well. Whenever he gets a chance, he has performs well, be it domestic or T20Is, or any format. He made his debut in IPL against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Imagine bowling to the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner at 17 years of age and that too the very first over in the game. His mental strength at that age was remarkable. It was all god’s blessings,” Sundar added
When requested if there are any superstitions that Washington or his household follows whereas their son is on-field, Sundar mentioned they by no means believed in such issues. “I don’t believe in all those things and even Washington doesn’t follow such beliefs. We believe in god, and that’s about it. Washington is now playing all three formats, and we are happy about it. I always tell him that he is a special talent — a once in a century cricketer. He will become a fine all-rounder like Kapil Dev,” he added.
The off-spinner on his debut sport on the Gabba picked three wickets together with the prized scalp of Steve Smith. Thereafter, he stitched a implausible century stand with Shardul Thakur when India was reeling at 186/6.
Washington’s dreamy run continued within the second innings as effectively when he scored a quick-fire knock of twenty-two to assist his ‘injury-ravaged’ workforce cross over the ropes and register a historic Test sequence win.