Bowling A Lot With Red Ball At Nets Prepared Me For The Test Cricket: Washington Sundar
India's two debutants in the fourth and final Test against Australia at The Gabba are both teammates in the Tamil Nadu Ranji Trophy team but have played very little first-class cricket.
Off-spinner Washington Sundar made his first-class debut in 2016 but played the last of his 12 first-class games over three years back. He suddenly found himself in the playing XI in a crucial Test and managed to pick the wicket of the dangerous Steve Smith.
Left-arm fast bowler T Natarajan, on the other hand, has played 20 first-class games over the last six years and played his last one, only last season.
The two shared three important wickets of Smith, centurion Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Wade, as India managed to restrict Australia at 274/5 at the end of the first day's play in the fourth and final Test.
"I have always felt my skill levels are good at the red ball. I have bowled a lot at the first-class level and definitely a lot in the first division league in Chennai (days' format games played with red ball), so I have bowled a lot of red balls. Definitely, I was waiting for this opportunity. The last couple of months I was here, I did get to bowl a lot of balls and get a chance to improve on my skill level. It was just quantity (number of overs) and I didn't really change anything technically," said Sundar after the day's play while speaking to the media during a virtual interaction.