Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar. Credits: Twitter

Indian all-rounder Washington Sundar said there were a lot of challenges in his way during the time he was off from the game.

The Tamil Nadu lanky off-spinner suffered a finger injury after being hit by a Mohammed Siraj delivery during a practice match ahead of the England Test series. He was subsequently ruled out of the Test series and also missed the T20 World Cup in UAE.

He returned to play competitive cricket for Tamil Nadu in the 2021-22 Vijay Hazare Trophy. The all-rounder scored 148 runs from eight matches and snapped 16 wickets with his best figures 5/48 was against Puducherry.

There will always be challenges: Washington Sundar

Washington played his first international match in nearly 10 months as he was part of India’s playing XI in their 1000th ODI match on Sunday.

Sundar picked three wickets for 30 runs from his nine overs, he ended the 31-run partnership of Brandon King and Darren Bravo dismissing both batters in the 12th over.

The Tamil Nadu player is ready to take up the challenges and keep pushing himself forward to come against the odds.

There were a lot of challenges but I just wanted to do what I could do to improve myself as a cricketer. That’s all that’s in my control and I was only focussing on that,” Washington said at the post-match press conference.

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar. Credits: Twitter

“Yes, there will always be challenges, that’s something that I have realised especially in the last couple of years.

“But what matters is how I push myself, keep getting better at the aspects that I want to and keep improving myself. I’ve tried to focus on it,” he added.

It was disappointing to not play World Cup: Washington Sundar

Washington also expressed his disappointment on losing his place in the T20 World Cup last year but will eye to play in the other events in the next two years.

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar (Image Credit: Getty)

It was very very disappointing to have lost out on a chance to play the World Cup. But yes, there are two World Cups in the next 15-16 months, so that should be my focus,” he said.

India defeated West Indies by six wickets in the first ODI after chasing a meagre target of 177 in just 28 overs.

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