On Tuesday, the all-rounder expressed his gratitude to industrialist Anand Mahindra for gifting SUVs to some of India’s new Test heroes from the Australian series. India lost a large part of their team to injury as the series progressed, after a spectacular loss in the first Test in Adelaide and the departure of captain Virat Kohli. As India clawed their way back to win the series 2-1, new and young stars were born. The final match at the Gabba saw India field a bowling attack led by Mohammed Siraj, who made his Test debut for the country in the second match of the series.
Anand Mahindra vowed to gift SUVs to six new stars as India pulled off a stunning victory in Brisbane, which is known as Australia’s fortress.
Filled with immense gratitude to Shri @anandmahindra for this wonderful gift & all the encouragement that you provide us youngsters. I’m certain that your support will motivate many to take up a sport and bring more laurels to our country! 🇮🇳 Many thanks and best regards sir. pic.twitter.com/uCNv26Q8P7— Washington Sundar (@Sundarwashi5) April 6, 2021
“Packed with tremendous gratitude to Shri @anandmahindra for this beautiful gift & all the support that you give us youngsters,” Washington Sundar wrote alongside a photo of his new car on Tuesday.
“I’m sure that your sponsorship will inspire more people to engage in sports and add more glory to our country! Sir, please embrace my sincere appreciation and best wishes “Added he.
Washington Sundar had a great Gabba debut. Sundar came on to bowl in Australia’s first inning, with Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne batting. In Test cricket, his first three overs were both maidens, all bowled to Steve Smith. Smith was trapped at short midwicket on his first pitch of his fourth over, when he perfectly executed the leg trap.
He went on to take three wickets, dismissing Cameron Green and Nathan Lyon.
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He then went on to score his first half-century as he and Shardul Thakur helped India save the game.
Then, in the fourth innings, he and Rishabh Pant put together a critical 53-run stand as India chased 329 to win the series decider.