Washington Sundar’s bowling in the powerplay in the ongoing Nidahas Trophy 2018 tri-series has been outstanding. On Wednesday at R Premadasa stadium, the 18-year-old Tamil Nadu offspinner put on an exhibition of his skill once again as he bagged three wickets and conceded just 22 runs to lay down the foundation of India’s 17 run win over Bangladesh. India has qualified for the Nidhahas Trophy 2018 tri-series final.
Speaking to the media persons during the post-match press conference he said he is fortunate to have this skill and approach in powerplays. “I have to admit I am fortunate to have this skill (bowling in powerplay). It is more of reading the batsmen’s mind in the powerplays,” Sundar said.
“Every six balls, they will be looking to hit you at least for a four and six. It is important to read the mind. I myself am a batsman to an extent; I can suspect what he is thinking and where he is going to hit me,” he added.
The Spinning Partnership
The young spinner dismissed Tamim Iqbal (27), Liton Das (7) and Soumya Sarkar (1) to dismantle Bangladesh’s top order. On Wednesday at R Premadasa stadium, the 18-year-old Tamil Nadu offspinner put on an exhibition of his skills once again as he bagged three wickets and conceded just 22 runs to lay down the foundation of India’s 17 run win over Bangladesh. Though Mushfiqur Rahim played a blistering inning later, but it could not help Bangladesh to prevent their seven straight loss in T20I against India.
Yuzvendra Chahal also played an important role once again and he picked up the wicket of Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah for 11. In his spell of 4 overs, Chahal conceded only 21 runs and picked up one wicket. The Indian spinners combined bowling figure was 8-0-43-4. Sundar said this was a crucial part in the context of the match.
“It was important for me and Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl well. Our eight overs were very important. I thought I should keep things tight,” Sundar said.
League Cricket Prepared Sundar
When Sundar was asked about his successful bowling in the powerplay, he said playing in tough situations in league cricket prepared him enormously. “I play a lot of league games back home. A couple of years back, we played a tournament. I used to bowl two in the powerplay and two in the death overs which was difficult. These things helped me to get better as a cricketer. You want to keep facing those challenges and overcome,” Sundar said.
After his 3 wickets against Bangladesh, he has become the leading wicket-taker in the Nidhahas Trophy 2018 tri-series with seven wickets at an outstanding economy rate of 5.87. Sundar is confident that India will lift the cup on Sunday.
“It is a very good feeling when you bowl under 6 every game. Both the teams are pretty tough. If I can play to my potential or strength, then we can win the tournament,” Sundar said.
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