Cricketer Washington Sundar felicitated
Chennai, Feb 2 (PTI) Young Tamil Nadu all-rounder M S Washington Sundar was felicitated with the 'Young Achiever Award' by Rotary Club of Madras Chenna Patna here for his achievements.
The lanky cricketer, who made his ODI and T20 debut for India in December last, was recently picked up by Royal Challengers, Bangalore, for Rs 3.2 crore during the IPL auctions.
In an emotional acceptance speech at the award function on Thursday, he thanked all those who had supported him at various stages of his career.
"People around me have been great and always wanted me to do well. I have a lot of people to thank as they have supported me in each phase of my life," he said.
"I must thank (Prince of Arcot's son) Mohammed Asif Ali, who generously offered the Amir Mahal grounds for practice during my formative years. He has gone out of the way to ensure I received top-notch practice facilities at the ground," he added.
He also thanked former India spinner M Venkatramana for his inputs and constant support, saying they had helped him become a better cricketer.
Venkatramana on his part, said Washington Sundar's real test will be to stay grounded in the coming years. "Washington's biggest strength lies in his self-belief. He is never overawed by the batsman's credentials and backs his abilities.
All he has to do now is to continue working hard and stay grounded," he added