The Tamil Nadu all-rounder Washington Sundar who was rewarded with an Indian test cap in the recently concluded border Gavaskar Trophy didn’t have a pair of white pads before the gabba test. Washington Sundar who actually stayed as a net bowler after the white ball series had ended, was picked to play in the place of Ravindra Jadeja to provide the all-rounder option as India was plagued with injuries.
Sundar hasn’t played a first-class match since 2017 and he never would have dreamt of getting the chance to be picked up in the playing XI for tests in Australia. He had been practising well in the nets and the main idea behind keeping him in the nets was that he could bowl in the same line and lengths Nathan Lyon is used to bowl. He was picked ahead of Kuldeep Yadav for the final test who had a fifer in Australia already in the previous tour.
“We Had To Go To A Shop After The Test Match Had started”: R Sridhar
Indian fielding coach R Sridhar revealed that Washington Sundar did not have white pads as he had prepared accordingly for the white ball series alone and he never knew that he would be making his test debut so soon. Sridhar told that they had tried a lot of pads and it wasn’t perfect for the tall lad from Chennai. Finally, they had to go to a shop after the match had started and they bought a new pair for Sundar.
“We tried many but they were too small for the tall Sundar. We tried getting from the Aussies but due to Covid, they could not spare their pads. Finally, we had to go to a shop after the Test match had started,’’ quoted Sridhar to Telangana Today.
Washington Sundar’s Heroics In The Gabba Test
Sundar who made a surprise debut in the final test performed really well by picking four wickets in the game and scored 84 runs in the match. His 62 in the first innings was one of the main reasons India was able to pull out the chase and win the game and he contributed an important 22 in the second innings when India needed more than 50 runs.
From nowhere, Sundar emerged as one of the heroes of Indian cricket and will remain a key part in the most famous 2-1 series win at Australia.