[caption id="attachment_694182" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-694182" alt="Washington Sundar AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/sundar2.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Washington Sundar AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Washingtin-Sundar" target="_blank">Washington Sundar</a> impressed one and all with his guile and ability to bowl economically in the Powerplay overs in the just-concluded Nidahas Trophy 2018. He picked up 8 wickets (the most in the tournament), had an economy rate of 5.70, and was named Player of the Tournament all this, at only 18. Sundar was almost always used by <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Rohit-Sharma" target="_blank">Rohit Sharma</a> with the batsmen looking to accelerate; he responded by reading the batsmen's mindset. In an exclusive interaction with <em>The Times of India</em>, Sundar talked about Rohit's leadership, bowling alongside Chahal, and more. <p></p> <p></p>"<strong>Wrist spinners are magical</strong>. However, <strong>I feel finger spinners can be as effective as left-arm and wrist spinners</strong>. Most teams prefer left-armers or leggies, especially in the shorter versions. But I feel even offies can be as effective as the other two provided they are proactive. <strong>If you can double guess the batsman</strong> and be one up on the mindset every ball, then <strong>you can be good</strong>. Sometimes, an off-spinners' classical delivery with a bit of loop and turn might not suit this format. Offies certainly need to do a lot of homework before every game," opined Sundar. <p></p> <p></p>Sundar stormed into the scene from the first match and hogged the limelight despite the presence of the senior professional, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Yuzvendra-Chahal" target="_blank">Yuzvendra Chahal</a>: "I had the belief that I would get another opportunity [after the Sri Lanka T20s at home]. <strong>I was mentally prepared</strong> for everything. But I never expected to end up with the man of the series award. I started off well in the first two games and I just wanted to carry the momentum." <p></p> <p></p>On Rohit: "If you bowl a good ball and the batsman hits you for a boundary, <strong>Rohit will pat you on the back and say well bowled</strong>. He doesn't shy away from setting traps and getting wickets in the powerplay. <strong>He is an amazing captain</strong>. Shastri and Arun had great belief in me. <strong>They</strong> gave youngsters the confidence and <strong>infused the feeling of a match-winner</strong>." <p></p> <p></p>On Chahal, with whom he bowled for India and will for Royal Challengers Bangalore in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Indian-Premier-League" target="_blank">IPL</a> 2018: "It will be exciting to bowl alongside him. Ours is a good combination. He is a leggie and I turn the ball other way. It gives a variety to the attack. We are accurate and wicket-takers. If we can take at least 4 wickets for our team per match, it will great." <p></p> <p></p>On playing under <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Virat-Kohli" target="_blank">Virat Kohli</a> and working with coach Daniel Vettori: "Kohli is a legend and has been truly inspiring. The challenge will be to overcome all the analysis that's been done. I have always admired Vettori's bowling. It will be different working with him he is a modern-day coach who knows the current generation of cricketers. I'm looking forward to it."