Vastavam web: All of 18, Washington Sundar says an unflinching belief in his game has helped him break into the Indian team.Not so long ago Sundar flunked the Yo-Yo test, which has to be cleared to make the national team, but he worked hard on his fitness to convince the selectors.Sundar first made the T20 team for the upcoming T20 series against Sri Lanka before being named a last minute replacement for the injured Kedar Jadhav in the ongoing ODIs.
Sundar, who bowls off-spin and bats left-handed, is unlikely to get a game in the series but is relishing his time in the Indian dressing room.”It has been my fourth day to be precise but I do not feel that I just became part of the team. I knew lot of players before, have played with Mahi bhai (Dhoni) in the IPL.Sundar attracted attention with his performances in the IPL, helping Dhoni-led Pune Supergiants reach the final. But it was not enough to play for India, so, he worked harder on all aspects of his game.
“I went back, prepared a lot, trained a lot on aspects, where I needed to. It paid off. I started bowling more and spent extra time on my batting. And fitness also as you know it has become a very important aspect of this Indian team,” said the Tamil Nadu all-rounder, who made his first-class debut last year before playing his first List A game this March.”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.” Named as Jadhav’s replacement, Sundar joined the team in Dharamsala, where the batting failed miserably in pace- friendly conditions.Barring Dhoni, the Indian batsmen were all at sea against the moving ball in Dharamsala but Sundar said such kind of surfaces are elsewhere too in the country.