Washington Sundar is a prodigious young talent that has risen through the rigours of the domestic cricketing setup. Having already made a spot for himself in the T20I setup for India, the all-rounder is touted to be India’s next rising star.
Sundar’s career started by playing domestic cricket for Tamil Nadu. He appeared for 12 first class matches in which he scored 532 runs at an average of 31.29 and also took 300 wickets at an average of 26.93. Washington made his first class debut for Tamil Nadu in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy on 6 October 2016. In October 2017, he scored his maiden first-class century batting for Tamil Nadu against Tripura in the 2017-2018 Ranji Trophy.
Having been unsold in 2017, Sundar joined the now defunct Rising Pune Supergiant (2017) as a replacement for the injured Ravichandran Ashwin in April 2017. While he might have been a replacement, Sundar didn't led MS Dhoni or RPS feel the absence of their gun bowler. As the tournament ended, in which the franchise reached the finals, Washington grabbed 8 wickets from 11 matches and became one of the emerging stars of the tournament. Dhoni used him upfront, at times using his full quota of 4 overs.
In the 2018 auctions, Washington Sundar was snaffled up by Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs. 3.2 crores. However, in the last two seasons, Sundar has only managed to play 10 games and managed to pick 8 wickets whilst scoring 66 runs. The 2020 season is expected to be the breakthrough season for him.
Washington Sundar got his maiden national call up for the series against Sri Lanka a on 13 December 2017. Lahiru Thirimanne became his first wicket in international cricket as he clean bowled him out. This was the match in which Rohit Sharma stroked his third double hundred and allowed India to post a mammoth score of 392. In reply Sri Lanka folded on 251 and India won the match by 144 runs. This is the only ODI Sundar has played in his relatively short career so far.
Sundar made his T20I debut for India against Sri Lanka on 24 December 2017. In March 2018, he was selected in India's squad for the 2018 Nidahas Trophy against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He was praised by many for his economical bowling inside the powerplay as his economy of less than 6 runs an over. During the series, he bagged a maiden 3-wicket haul, making him the youngest ever T20I player to do so. He was named the player of the series for his performance. Recently, he was selected for the New Zealand limited overs tour where he played 2 T20Is but could only pick a single wicket in the 5 overs bowled.
Washington Sundar was born on 5th October 1999 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Sundar's father, M Sundar, a cricketer who made it to the Tamil Nadu Ranji probables without getting into the final squad, named him Washington to honour his godfather, Mr. Washington, who would buy bats for him and pay his fees. Sundar became the youngest player to debut for India in T20Is, at the age of 18 years and 80 days.