IPL 2017: Washington Sundar has been one of the finds of the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League. The 17-year-old off spinner has been a sensation for the Rising Pune Supergiant picking up eight wickets from 10 matches at an incredible economy rate of 6.61. The young all-rounder impressed everyone with his bowling in the powerplays and produced a match-winning spell against the Mumbai Indians in the first qualifier by picking up 3 for 16 from his 4 overs.
Here’s Washington Sundar’s spell against Mumbai Indians:
However, there has been a bigger mystery around Sundar’s name than his bowling. The suspense did end when his father revealed the reason behind the unique name. “I am a Hindu and come from a very humble family. Two streets away from my home in Triplicane lived an ex-army man called P.D. Washington. He was extremely fond of cricket and would come to watch us play at the Marina ground. He took a liking for my game,” Washington Sundar’s father said in an interaction with The Hindu.
Interestingly, his father was also a cricketer and made it to the Ranji probables. He stated that army officer helped him a lot in his difficult times and meant a lot to him. “I was poor and he would buy uniform for me, pay my school fee, get me books, take me to the ground in his cycle and constantly encourage me,” Sundar said. His first son was born few months after Washington passed away and they named him in the memory of that kind man.
Watch Sundar’s interview with Steve Smith:
“My wife had a difficult delivery. But the baby survived. As per the Hindu custom, I whispered a God’s name, ‘Srinivasan,’ in his ear. But I decided to name him Washington in memory of the man who had done so much for me. Had I had a second son, I would have called him Washington Jr,” he concluded.