Washington Sundar    Getty Images
Washington Sundar Getty Images

Washington Sundar had an impressive year with his performance, unfortunately failed his first Yo-Yo Test which has now become an basic criteria for India s selection and a benchmark for fitness.

Washington made a huge impact in IPL playing for Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS); he was picked in the side due to Ravichandran Ashwin s injury. He also grabbed attention with his performance in Under-19 World Cup in Dhaka last year. In Duleep Trophy he picked up 11 wickets in total and scored 50 on debut. He was also the top run-scorer in Tamil Nadu Premier League.

Washington went back to Bangalore to work on his fitness and was determined to clear the test after. Washington has been named in the ODI squad after the injury of Kedar Jadhav.

Fitness is a very important aspect of this Indian team

“I went back and prepared a lot and put in a lot of hard work. I trained and did work on few aspects that I thought I needed to improve for me to get into the Indian team. And now I think my hard work has paid off,” Washington said ahead of second ODI. “I started bowling more and spent extra time on my batting. And on fitness also, as you know it has become a very important aspect of this Indian team.

Playing for India is a dream for every cricketer. Washington got this opportunity as an 18-year-old and he is determined to contribute to India s performance.

“For any cricketer, playing for India is the ultimate dream right from the beginning. For me to have got this opportunity at the age of 18 is a great feeling. I’ve prepared a lot for this, I trust a lot in my preparation and it has paid off. All I have to do is now go out there and perform and win the game for my country.

“I definitely need to be ready to bowl my 10 overs of off-spin and to contribute with the bat. No matter what position our team is in, I need to be ready to contribute no matter where I am going to [be asked to] play. I want to bat wherever my team wants me to; that is the kind of batsman I want to be talked about. I should be able to fill in the boots the management is looking for and I hope I will be able to do,” he added.