Chandigarh: Washington Sundar, at 18 years and 69 days, has been handed an India debut. The Chennai off-spinner also made his maiden appearance in the IPL where he replaced the seasoned R Ashwin in the Rising Pune Supergiant.
Sundar, who had initially started off as a batsman switched over to off-spin and made his mark in underage cricket. He featured in the 2016 U-19 World Cup and was earmarked for the higher level immediately.
For RPS, Sundar picked eight wickets from 11 matches at an economy of 6.16. On Wednesday, as India geared up to play Sri Lanka in the second ODI, he replaced Kuldeep Yadav, who had been India’s favoured slower bowler in the shorter formats since they decided to rely on wrist-spin.
Sundar was called into the side for the ODI series after Kedar Jadhav was ruled out with an injury. The teenager was thrilled with the chance and said he was ready to prove his mettle at the international stage.