“We were not surprised to be very honest. We know Washi’s abilities. If Shardul had continued to beat, the two would have scored for centuries, ”Washington Sundar’s father, Mr. Sundar, told indianexpress.com after the Australian historical series player returned.
Sundar, who became the 301st player to represent India in the longer format, had a memorable Down Under outing where he not only delivered with the ball but also sewed an incredible century-long stand with Shardul Thakur to Gabba Test to bring the Indian back in the contest of the jaws of defeat to win the series 2-1.
While the excitement within the family was expected as they welcomed Washington home, his father is more than happy to see his son again after months. “He was in a bubble. We understand that this is an integral part of a cricketer’s life, but six months is a long time. We were a little worried. Every day we had at least an hour and a half of video calling, Washington never ignored it. We just prayed that he was okay and we thank BCCI for taking such good care of all the players during a difficult phase, ”said Sundar who himself was a likely Ranji.
Recalling his son’s big stage debut, Sundar said Washington always behaves well whenever the opportunity arises. “Washington is a blessed child. We call her Gnana Kuzhanthai (wise child). He started taking cricket seriously at the age of five. Even if it was a tennis ball game, he would play it very seriously. I guess that developed him as a cricketer. He is more passionate about cricket than anything else. We supported him by trusting his abilities, ”said the father of the left-handed drummer.
“Here in India, especially in the south, there is no sport culture as such. Parents want their children to focus more on academics. Getting 80 or 90 points is more important to them, but for us it all depends on their interest. Washington hardly studied for an hour at home, his older sister (Shailaja Sundar) used to teach him and help him with his home chores etc.
“After the U-19 World Cup, Washington prepared for its Class XII exam in two weeks and did well. Whenever he gets the chance, he performs well, whether nationally or T20I, or in any format. He made his IPL debut against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Imagine bowling to players like Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner at 17 and that too the very first in the game. His mental toughness at that age was remarkable. It was all blessings from God, ”Sundar added.
When asked if there were any superstitions Washington or his family were following while their son was on the pitch, Sundar said they never believed in such things. “I don’t believe in all of these things and even Washington doesn’t follow such beliefs. We believe in God, and that’s about it. Washington now plays all three formats, and we’re happy for that. I always tell him he’s a special talent – a once-in-a-century cricketer. He will become an excellent all-rounder like Kapil Dev, ”he added.
The off-spinner in his first game at Gabba picked three wickets, including the prized scalp of Steve Smith. Afterwards, he sewn a fantastic stand of the century with Shardul Thakur as India was in shock at 186/6.
Washington’s dream run also continued in the second inning when he scored a quick 22 to help his ‘injury-ravaged’ team cross the ropes and record a historic victory in the series. tests.