Washington Sundar became the 7th youngest ODI cricketer for India    IANS
Washington Sundar became the 7th youngest ODI cricketer for India IANS

The Mohali ODI between India and Sri Lanka was all about Rohit Sharma’s massacre. However, in the same game, Washington Sundar made his international debut. At 18 years and 69 days, he became India’s seventh youngest ODI cricketer. His father M Sundar hailed the ‘gifted’ teenager as an equally bright kid in academics and mentioned that making debut at 18 is not an easy job especially in the current Indian team.

“Making a debut at just 18 is definitely not an easy job with the kind of team set up India has right now. Starting to play international cricket at such young age would make way for a long international career with his untiring hard work and God s grace,” M Sundar told reporter Bipin Dani from Chennai.

Fortunate Washington

I think it is wonderful for him to get into an Indian set up where there s a perfect mix of some hugely experienced players in the game and some young bloods at the moment. And moreover Team India is probably at their best in all formats of the game right now and Washington is very fortunate to join the team when the team is right on top. It will be a huge learning curve for him and that would do wonders in fine tuning his skills and shaping up his career moving forward,” Sundar added.

An all-rounder in truest sense

Elaborating further on his son’s overall achievements, the proud father mentions that Washington is equally good in studies. Sundar says: Not only is he brilliant on the field but also he is an equally good student. We never worried about academics in spite of playing cricket. He is at his best in everything he tried his hands on. He is naturally gifted

When he was a very young kid, even in the beginning of his cricketing days, we used play practice matches very often. On match days he would be so excited that he would wake up in the middle of the night say at 3 am, 4 am and used to wake my dad up asking him that we go for the match. And then we pacify him and get him back to sleep. He has been that much excited and extremely passionate about cricket right from the beginning and it has only gotten better as he grew up. It has always been fascinating to watch him play , the dad added.

The story behind the name

Washington Sundar is quite an unusual name. There is a story behind it. He was named after an army man who resided close to them.

It s a great honour and privilege to be named after a man who has served for our country for so many years in the military and who also happened to be of great strength and support to our father. And now Washington Sundar is blessed and fortunate enough to be able to serve for our country for many many years to come. He must be a very proud boy to have this great man s name. I m sure Washi must also be feeling the same, the father concluded.