Washington Sundar was instrumental in Team India’s victory in the fourth and final Test of the series. The debutant made his performance count against the Aussies and was widely praised for his display. However, he didn’t have pads to go out and bat.
This was revealed by the Indian team fielding coach R Sridhar. The young spinner from Chennai had travelled to Australia for the T20I series and was asked to stay back as a net bowler for the Test series in order to help Indian batsmen.
After R Ashwin’s injury in the third Test, he was selected for the fourth Test. But, as he had travelled for the T20Is, Sundar had not carried white pads. The left-handed batsman was batting in the nets with the blue pads itself.
According to Sridhar, the team and support staff failed to find a pair of pads that would fit him. We tried many but they were too small for the tall Sundar. We tried getting from the Aussies but due to Covid, they could not spare their pads. Finally, we had to go to a shop after the Test match had started,’’ he was quoted saying by Telangana Today. Apart from taking four important wickets, he scored 62 and 22.