Indian all-rounder Washington Sundar has been awarded with the Young Achiever Award by the Rotary Club of Madras Chenna Patna during their 25th anniversary on Thursday.
The 18-year-old, who has made name for himself in his short career came into the limelight with his stellar show in the IPL 2017. He then made his ODI and T20 debut for India against Sri Lanka in December last year. Washington became emotional while delivering his acceptance speech.
As per TNN, Washington said, “People around me have been great and always wanted me to do well. I have a lot of people to thank as they have supported me in each phase of my life. Mohammed Asif Ali sir has been very generous in offering the Amir Mahal grounds for practice during my formative years. He has gone out of the way to ensure I received top-notch practice facilities at the ground. The inputs and constant support provided by Venkatramana sir have helped me become a better cricketer.”
Meanwhile, former Indian off-spinner Venkatraman said, “Washington's biggest strength lies in his self-belief. He is never overawed by the batsman's credentials and backs his abilities. It is this quality that has helped him go places. All he has to do now is to continue working hard and stay grounded.”
Washington, who was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for Rs 3.2 Crore for his services in the IPL 2018, said he has not spent a lot of time with my family but “they have been amazing especially my elder sister Shailaja. It is difficult to describe in words the encouragement they have given me.”
Sundar's father signed off by saying, “Former Tamil Nadu cricketer D Vasu had the firm belief that Washington had a bright future as a bowler. Vasu predicted that Washington will go on to become the No. 1 spinner for Tamil Nadu in the coming years. From that point of time, I began working a little extra on Washington's bowling and the results are there for all to see. While he always stood out as a batsman, Vasu's inputs helped Washington improve his bowling as well.”