18-year-old Washington Sundar debuts for India after IPL high

first_imgWashington Sundar, at 18 years and 69 days, has been handed an India debut. The Chennai off-spinner also made his maiden appearance in the IPL where he replaced the seasoned R Ashwin in the Rising Pune Supergiant.Sundar, who had initially started off as a batsman switched over to off-spin and made his mark in underage cricket. He featured in the 2016 U-19 World Cup and was earmarked for the higher level immediately.For RPS, Sundar picked eight wickets from 11 matches at an economy of 6.16. On Wednesday, as India geared up to play Sri Lanka in the second ODI, he replaced Kuldeep Yadav, who had been India’s favoured slower bowler in the shorter formats since they decided to rely on wrist-spin.We have a new kid on the block. Washington Sundar is all set to make his ODI debut here in Mohali #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/VxquVkgSIa- BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017Sundar was called into the side for the ODI series after Kedar Jadhav was ruled out with an injury. The teenager was thrilled with the chance and said he was ready to prove his mettle at the international stage.”For any cricketer, playing for India is the ultimate dream. As an 18-year-old, I have got the opportunity to play for India and it is a great feeling. I trust a lot in my preparation and it has paid off,” Sundar said. “I would definitely have to be ready to bowl 10 overs of off spin and contribute with the bat no matter what position the team is in.”advertisementSundar did not get too bat on debut after Rohit Sharma hit his third double hundred and Shikhar Dhawan (68) and Shreyas Iyer (88) hammered fifties to help India post 392/4 off their 50 overs. However, Sundar did not have to wait too long for his maiden international wicket. He bowled Lahiru Thirimanne , who chose the wrong ball to play a reverse-sweep.last_img