Washington Sundar - Indian cricketer
Washington “Washi” Sundar is an Indian cricketer who plays as an all-rounder and bowler for the Royal Challengers Bangalore Club and the national team of all formats. The career of the 21-year-old athlete is going up today, which is confirmed by successful performances on the international arena and several personal records available in the profile.
Washington Sundar: childhood
Indian player Washington Sundar was born on October 5, 1999, in Chennai. The rather original name of the athlete became a tribute to his father’s respect for his own patron – P. D. Washington, who sponsored the elder Sundar’s passion for this game. Moreover, Washi has a younger sister, Shailaja, who followed in her brother’s footsteps by becoming a professional cricketer.
He received his education in St. Petersburg. Bede’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School with an English bias, after which he began a sports career.
Washington Sundar: home career
Washington made his first-class debut on October 6 at the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy. The Indian athlete decided that he would first make a name for himself in the home team of Tamil Nadu, after which he would go to conquer the central national leagues. A couple of months later, Sundar reached his first hundred in a game against Tripura.
The promising junior was noticed by the breeders of Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), who subsequently chose him as a replacement for Ravichandran Ashwin. In April 2017, Washi made his debut for RPS in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The young player instantly adapted to the level of the IPL, as evidenced by the player’s title of the match in the meeting with Mumbai Indians at the IPL 2017 qualifying tournament: the cricketer took three wickets for 16 runs.
The Indian’s career was so successful that in the off-season of 2018, he was bought out by the contenders for the title of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and in October of the same year, he joined the reserve team of the Indian national team for the Deodhar Trophy 2018-19.
Washington Sundar: international career
Since November 2017, Washington has been a member of the Indian T20I team. Unfortunately, his debut against Sri Lanka was unsuccessful. However, a month later, the player replaced the injured Kedar Jadhav in ODI matches. Sundar has a chance to get even with the Sri Lanka national team; however, now in the ODI format. Washington knocked out his first wicket on Lahiru Thirimanne so cleanly that experts immediately noted the quality of his game.
In December of the same year, he made his first appearance in T20I. Interestingly, once again, the Sri Lankan national team became the opponent of India. Let the Sundar team failed to win, but the Indian himself became the owner of a kind of achievement – the youngest debutant of the T20I. At that time, the age of Washington Sundar was 18 years and 80 days.
In March 2018, he played in the Nidahas Trophy, where many professionals noted his flexible game. In particular, analysts emphasized the effective submission of Sundar in the moments of the powerplay. This allowed him to be productive every time he entered the field. It is not surprising that since 2018, Washington has been listed in the ranks of the Indian T20 team.
In early 2020, the all-rounder was selected for the Australian tour. Despite the increased injuries and the unavailability of the vast majority of the squad for a principled confrontation with Australia, it was Sundar who became the owner of his first Test cap. Thanks to the well-coordinated game of Washington with his partner Shardul Thakur, the athlete exchanged his first fifty in the Test.
Washington Sundar: achievements and awards
At the moment, Sundar is considered a young and promising all-rounder/bowler. Professionalism has already helped the athlete become famous. However, the success still leaves much to be desired. Now we can judge the following successes of the Indian:
- In 2017, in the Premier League for Tamil Nadu, he took 11 wickets in 9 matches with an average of 5.54;
- the best achievement is 3 wickets for 23 runs, achieved by him in May 2017;
- Took 3 wickets for 16 runs, which helped Pune reach the 2017 IPL final in the first qualifying match against Mumbai Indians in May 2017.
The athlete is only 21 years old, so he has every chance to become the greatest player, but only with the further development of his own talent and skill.
Washington Sundar: private life
Today, Washington Sundar is already among the most discussed representatives of the sports industry in India.
According to expert estimates, in 2020, the athlete earned around $ 1 million. Almost all of his income is professional activity: salary in the club and participation in the national team’s matches. At the same time, analysts noted that Washington has significantly increased its own price in the professional market thanks to a successful year in the IPL.
Sundar is an active user of social networks. In particular, the athlete has repeatedly admitted that he independently leads twitter and, if possible, responds to every message. However, it is becoming more and more difficult because the number of subscribers, of which there are already more than a million, is growing exponentially. As a rule, motivational messages and a lot of memes appear in the player’s feed.