Washington has plan in place for England tour

“You look for small things in a batsman, try to surprise him with your delivery. When you bowl with the new ball, you [have] got to use the seam well, even if you are a spinner,” Washington said.

Washington Sundar has this quiet efficiency in his bowling which is a lot about subtle variations and harnessing the angles.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Washington Sundar’s logic is simple. “If the ball swings for a paceman in England, it could also drift for a spinner there,” he says matter-of-factly.

The off-spinning all-rounder is young, he is also smart. “I think I can adapt to the English conditions,” Washington said.

The talented 18-year-old Tamil Nadu cricketer will travel to the Old Blighty as part of the Indian team for the one-day and Twenty20 series.

Player of the Series in the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 tournament that India won in Sri Lanka earlier this year, Washington was excited at the prospect of playing in England.

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“It has always been my dream to play in England. Playing there challenges you as a cricketer,” he said.

Washington brings a lot to the table. He has this quiet efficiency in his bowling which is a lot about subtle variations and harnessing the angles. And he is a left-handed batsman with natural ball-striking ability.

 The tall off-spinner varies his trajectory and does spin the ball to achieve drift and dip. And he can get the ball to both turn and bounce because of his height and high-arm action or skid through, employing a different release point and seam position. 

 

The youngster is not flustered by the pressures of operating with the new ball, in the PowerPlay overs. Washington stays calm in stressful situations and has the clarity of thought to execute plans.

He said, “You look for small things in a batsman, try to surprise him with your delivery. When you bowl with the new ball, you [have] got to use the seam well, even if you are a spinner.”

While control is the essence of Washington’s bowling, he does mix it up to catch the batsman unawares; the off-spinner has an effective yorker.

The tall off-spinner varies his trajectory and does spin the ball to achieve drift and dip. And he can get the ball to both turn and bounce because of his height and high-arm action or skid through, employing a different release point and seam position.

An elegant, free-stroking top-order southpaw with elegance, Washington yearns to deliver with the bat for India. “Although we are unlikely to get green-tops for limited overs matches in England, the ball should move around in the conditions. Perhaps, I might have to check my elaborate back-lift, play a lot more down the ground. Of course, you have to put away the short balls with cuts and pulls.”

Washington will journey to England with belief and expectations.