Washington Sundar has become a regular feature of the Indian T20 team as well as the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The off-spinner who is also a handy batsman, made his debut for India in 2017 and has represented India in 31 limited-over matches. Further, he has also played in four tests where he has impressed with the bat.
Captained by Virat Kohli for both club and franchise, Sundar has delivered whenever called upon by the captain. Although he does not complete his quota of overs in all games, he has regularly been backed by the skipper. In this season’s IPL, Sundar has performed decently by picking up two wickets in three matches while keeping things tight.
Washington Sundar speaks on Virat Kohli’s impact
Washington Sundar spoke to ANI about Virat Kohli’s impact on his career and said, “I think Virat has been helping me a lot on different occasions. The fact that I have been playing closely with him for the last 4-5 years has done wonders for me. I can see him closely and see how he goes about different scenarios both on and off the field, what he does to be what he is right now, so many things I have learnt from him over the years, that has definitely helped me become a better cricketer,” said Sundar.
“The fact that I got to play with him, someone of his stature could help you out in different phases of life, it definitely gets the best out of any cricketer. The last four months have been good for me and I hope I have a better season going ahead. It takes a lot for a captain to throw the ball to a finger spinner especially in the first six overs,” he further said.
“I think I really need to be thankful to the captain, getting success from such a situation has made me a better cricketer and also it has given me a lot of confidence. In that sense, Virat has really helped me and it has also helped me to evolve as a T20 bowler. I have been loving the challenge of bowling in the first six overs,” Sundar added.
Washington Sundar and Virat Kohli will be seen in action today when Royal Challengers Bangalore face Rajasthan Royals.