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An allround prodigy, Washington Sundar is one of the most exciting talents to emerge from the Indian domestic circuit in recent times. Washi is a skilfull left hand middle order batsman and off-spinning allrounder. As a 16 year old, he was an integral member of the Indian squad that fought to be the runners-up in the ICC U-19 WC 2016. Like his fellow Chennaiite, Ravichandran Ashwin, 'Washi' started off as a batsman and gradually developed his offspin bowling which has now taken the forefront. His sister M Shailaja also plays cricket for Tamil Nadu's women's team.
A relatively successful U-19 WC presented the immensely talented Washington Sundar an opportunity to make his First Class debut in the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 season and was consequently chosen to play ODI and T20 cricket for his state. He's been a regular in all formats of the game and is earmarked as a future star in Indian cricket. Despite tasting success at a young age, he never backed down after the World Cup got over. On making his debut for he national team at the tender age of 18, Washi said, " After the World Cup, the next stage was always going to be crucial. I worked twice as hard in the nets and was even more dedicated and luckily, all things fell into place." He's sure got a mature head on his shoulders!
He wasn't chosen in the VIVO IPL 2017 Auction but was named as a late replacement for R Ashwin for RPS and having bowled most of his overs in the powerplay to Warner, Rohit Sharma, Uthappa, Raina - he has come out on top on most occasions. He made his debut for India in the ODI series against Sri Lanka at Mohali in December 2017. Later in the month, he also made his T20I debut at Mumbai, becoming India's youngest ever T20I player. Considering his potential, the INR 3.2 Crores shelled out for the youngtser's services ahead of the VIVO IPL 2018 seems a steal.