IND vs WI: My only aim was to improve as player which is in my control says Washington Sundar
IND vs WI: Washington Sundar missed five months of cricket due to a finger injury, but the tall Tamil Nadu off-spinner said that he used the time off to improve as a cricketer because that was all he could control.
Washington missed out on the T20 World Cup, but Ravichandran Ashwin’s underwhelming performance in white-ball games and subsequent ouster propelled him back into contention, as he bowled 3/30 against the West Indies in the first ODI.
“There were a lot of challenges but I just wanted to do what I could do to improve myself as a cricketer. That’s all that’s in my control and I was only focussing on that,” Washington said at post-match press conference.
Washington has realized that there will be bumps in the road during the next two years,. But he will have to develop his own strategy to deal with them. He first skipped the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, where he was a sure-shot starter, and then COVID-19 played truant when he was about to board the flight to South Africa.
“Yes, there will always be challenges, that’s something that I have realised especially in the last couple of years.
“But what matters is how I push myself, keep getting better at the aspects. That I want to and keep improving myself. I’ve tried to focus on it,” the young spinner elaborated.
Washington said that he will focus on the two next World Cups, one T20 later this year and the ODI World Cup in 2023.
“It was very very disappointing to have lost out on a chance to play the World Cup. But yes, there are two World Cups in the next 15-16 months, so that should be my focus.”
Now that he’s returned, Washington knows that the more games he plays, the better and sharper he’ll become.
“More than anything, I have always wanted to be in the present and keep getting better as a cricketer.
“If I do that, there would be a lot of opportunities. Also the fact that I would be able to perform a lot better. I have loved to stay in the present and enjoy the game,” he added.
Talking about the match, it was all about concentrating on his strengths.
“I was just bowling to my strength and of course we had some plans for their batsmen. We just wanted to execute the plans and it was heartening to get off. I am happy that I could bowl to my strengths,” Washington said.
Sundar bowled early in the power play on Sunday, and he said the Vijay Hazare Trophy experience helped him.
“That’s something I have been doing for the last few years. I enjoy bowling in the Powerplay now. Even the fact that I played Vijay Hazare, that helped me bowl in different situations of the game.
“Even there, I bowled a lot with the new ball. All those experiences have definitely helped,” he added.