Washington was probably yet to rejoice the happiness with the maiden national call-up after he got selected for the T20I series against Sri Lanka and just after few days; he was asked to join the ODI squad as well in place of injured Kedar Jadhav.
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At the time when he was informed, Sundar was there at NCA working on his fitness and practising for the series and the teenager is now all set to switch into the 50-over format mode as well,
“An ODI call-up at this stage of my career feels great and it’s an amazing moment for me. As a professional cricketer, you need to be always prepared for whatever opportunity which you get. I have been gearing up for the T20 series at the NCA. I need to tune myself on the mental front slightly from T20s to 50-overs cricket. And I’m ready for the challenge,” Washington told TOI after getting news of his selection in ODI squad.
The report in TOI says Sundar will be joining the team early morning on the match day.
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The all-rounder is expected to make his debut in the first game itself, as he can perform in big matches, which was seen in the IPL qualifier and final as well.
He can contribute with both batting and bowling, and it should be no surprise if he takes over the both Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav to get a place in the playing XI. His batting abilities are something which will back his case, as the exclusion of Jadhav has left a hole in the Indian team.
Also, Shikhar Dhawan is doubtful for the game, which further weakens team India’s batting lineup, which might also see Shreyas Iyer making his ODI debut. As per the reports, Dhawan is suffering from viral fever and might not take part in the first ODI of the series to be played in Dharamshala on December 10.
Team India has a new captain for the series in the form of Rohit Sharma, who will stand for Virat Kohli. The India skipper has taken rest for a few days before he will join the team just a couple of days before when the 17-member squad will fly out to South Africa for the Test series, the first leg of Indian’s tour of South Africa.
A six-match ODI series and three T20Is will follow, and the tour will end on February 24.
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