Everything you need to know about India’s rising star Washington Sundar

Ever since making his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut for the Rising Pune Supergiant last year, Washington Sundar has been steadily acquiring fans and followers across the country. His consistent domestic performances for Tamil Nadu also earned him a maiden India call-up in December last year against Sri Lanka and at the age of 18 years and 80 days which made Sundar became the youngest player to debut for India in T20Is.

Fast forward to March 2018 and Washington Sundar has already won his first Man of the Series award for his country. The 18-year-old was mightily impressive in the Nidahas Trophy tri-series and showed nerves of steel while bowling in the crucial powerplay overs. As a result, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder is now a household name in the country and will be one of the players to watch out for in IPL 2018.

Washington Sundar IPL Team 2018 – RCB

Royal Challengers Bangalore will be the Washington Sundar IPL team 2018 as the 18-year-old Washington Sundar in IPL 2018, is sure to grab plenty of eyeballs as he prepares to turn out for the Royal Challengers Bangalore this year. The teenager was a much sought-after commodity at the mega IPL auction and was ultimately sold to Virat Kohli‘s team for INR 3.20 crore. While the Indian captain was not present in the recent T20 tri-series in Sri Lanka, he will be thrilled to have an exciting all-rounder at his disposal and make project ‘Washington Sundar IPL 2018’ a success.

What makes Washington Sundar so special?

Having seen him excel in the Nidahas Trophy, you might not remember Washington Sundar age as he is just 18 years old but his control over his bowling and variation in bowling makes him a remarkable asset for any side h plays for. Ever since Washington Sundar T20 International debut, pundits and fans are excited to see Washington Sundar in IPL 2018 and follow his progress with Royal Challengers Bangalore. Washington Sundar the cricketer is certain to take giant steps in coming years and perhaps the next step seems a Washington Sundar ODI debut in coming seasons.

Washington Sundar loves to bowl in Powerplay overs

What struck me the most about Washington Sundar the cricketer is his composure and fearlessness to bowl in powerplay overs. In every game of the Nidahas Trophy, Washington Sundar almost grabbed the bowl and many of the Washington Sundar wickets came in those dreaded powerplay overs. RCB will hope that the run of Washington Sundar wickets continue as he would most certainly be given the responsibility of bowling in the powerplay overs. Washington Sundar in IPL 2018 would further look to build on his growing profile and push the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, and even Kedar Jadhav for a place in India’s T20 side.

Ahead of IPL 2018, we bring you interesting trivia and facts about the teenage spinner, A Washington Sundar wiki of sorts:

1. Washington Sundar was born in Chennai on October 5, 1999. He started playing cricket at the age of 11 in the second division league in Chennai.

2. Washington belongs to a cricket playing family. His father was his first coach. He was a cricketer himself who made it to the Ranji probable list but never to the main squad. Sister MS Shelaja has also played cricket.

3. His name, Washington, is a tribute to his father’s mentor, an ex-army man, P D Washington. The teenager’s father had scarce monetary resources and P D Washington paid for his school uniform, his school fees and his books.

4. Washington Sundar was chosen to play for Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 2017 after he castled captain Steve Smith in the nets. He came in as a replacement for Ravichandran Ashwin.

5. In 2014, Sundar was included in the India Under-19 team at the age of 15.  He made crucial contributions with his spin bowling in India Under-19’s journey in the World Cup 2016 where they reached the finals under coach Rahul Dravid.

6. With his amazing performances at the Under-19 level, Sunder made a first-class debut for Tamil Nadu in October 2016.

7. Sundar was picked up by Albert TUTI Patriots to take part in the inaugural edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier league in 2016, where he impressed everyone with his bowling.

8. Sundar gives a lot of credit to M Venkataramana, his coach at the National Cricket Academy and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. “The two years I was with him in NCA, that was the time when my bowling started to evolve,” he says. “He changed a couple of things for me, which worked in a big way. He is someone who played a very important role in me being here as an off spinner.”

Washington Sundar Wiki

Washington Sundar Age – Born on 5 October 1999, Age 18

Washington Sundar ODI Debut – 13 December 2017 vs Sri Lanka

Washington Sundar T20 International debut – 24 December 2017 vs Sri Lanka

Washington Sundar Wickets – 1 in ODIs, 9 in T20Is

Washington Sundar Runs – Yet to bat for India

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