India beat West Indies by 6 wickets in the first ODI of the three-match series at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. One of architect of the Indian victory Washington Sundar said that he was focusinf on bowling to his strengths in his “heartening” return yo the Indian team.
“I was just bowling to my strengths. I suppose we had some plans for their batsmen. They are relatively quite aggressive and we just wanted to execute those plans. It was a wide sense of relief to be in the Indian colours. So, it was very good for me to be back and it was heartening to get an opportunity as well. It was just about bowling to my strengths and doing that,” said Sundar in the virtual press conference.
Sundar missed the South Africa tour after returning positive for COVID-19 in December. In the series opener against West Indies hee was brought into the attack in the eighth over of the match by captain Rohit Sharma and and was most clincal bowler with three wickets in his bag.
“That’s something I have been doing for the last few games. I have bowled in the power-play and bowled with the new ball. The fact that I even played the Vijay Hazare really helped me. That helped me bowl in different situations of the game and even over there I bowled a lot with the new ball. All those experiences have definitely helped me.”
He credited captain Rohit Sharma for telling bowlers’ to back their strong points while bowling. “Rohit bhai always wants bowlers to bowl to their strengths and not get carried away with too much planning or who will come up against whom. He always asks us to stick to our strengths and execute every delivery to their best potential. That’s something he always emphasises on and I myself just want to execute on bowling my stock balls and strength levels.”