Washington Sundar was the surprise package of India’s win for the ages against Australia at the Gabba. Plagued by more than half their players out with injury, India went with a vastly inexperienced side and chose to hand debuts to Sundar (who wasn’t even a part of the squad) and T Natarajan for the fourth and decisive final Test. Despite the disparity with regard to experience, India held their own to seal a famous victory and take the series 2-1.
Sundar played a crucial role by picking up three wickets in the first innings and scoring a fifty while batting. In the final innings, he contributed with a quick-fire partnership along with Man of the Match, Rishabh Pant by cutting loose and taking on the Aussie bowlers. The all-rounder was then rewarded with a place in the Indian Test squad for the home series against England.
‘It is a feeling I can’t express in words’ – Sundar
Washington Sundar spoke in a chat with Sports Today about the victory and his feelings after the same saying, “Rishabh and I have played a lot of cricket since our under 19 days and that helped a lot. He was batting superbly and that helped us take control. When I went in we still needed 50. I knew if we got 25-30 runs they will feel the pressure and we could win. That’s exactly what we did. When Rishabh hit the winning four it was just the best feeling of my life: and when I was walking with the Indian flag at the Gabba it is a feeling I can’t express in words.”
Sundar then credited head coach Ravi Shastri, captain Ajinkya Rahane and vice-captain Rohit Sharma for their support. “Ravi bhai has always given us confidence and the way Ajinkya captained was superb. Rohit has always helped us all the youngsters and the dressing room was fantastic, all of us were allowed to express ourselves,” Sundar said.
Sundar will next be seen in action in England’s tour of India which commences on February 5.