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Giving everything: Washington Sundar's mantra for continuous improvement

Player of the Match in India's T20I win over Zimbabwe on Wednesday, Washington Sundar reiterates the need to perform on a consistent basis if he is to feature more prominently for India.

By Daniel Beswick

Washington Sundar insists it will take continuous improvement and refinement in his all-around game to find his name in future India squads following his Player of the Match performance against Zimbabwe in the third T20I in Harare.

Sundar claimed 3/15 (4) with his off-breaks, taking the wickets of dangerman Sikandar Raza (15) and Johnathan Campbell (1) in the same over, before returning later in the innings to remove Clive Madande, whose 37 from 26 balls kept the hosts in the contest.

Khaleel Ahmed (1/15 from four overs) joined Sundar in the latter stages to stifle the Zimbabweans, and the spinner credited his teammates for keeping their composure in the team's defence of 182.

"They (Zimbabwe) did put us under pressure. We had to bowl to our best and make sure we restricted them and if possible pick up some wickets as well, break that particular partnership (of Madande and Dion Myers) as well.

"I think all of us really executed the plans that we spoke about very well.”

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Sundar, who played a key role in India's famous Test win over Australia in Brisbane to claim the Border-Gavaskar series, is yet to make an appearance in a global event in white ball cricket, but reiterates his passions and efforts continue in a bid to feature at a World Cup.

"It's a great opportunity for me to play for India. That's a great blessing for me.

"I need to be there every single day giving my 100 per cent. And that's something I have not compromised on. I've always been giving 100 per cent every season, every single practice session, and obviously in games as well.

"It keeps me just in the present and obviously it's very important to be in the present and just just put up those good performances regularly."

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Washington Sundar bowling in Brisbane in India's famous Border-Gavaskar Test series win back in January 2021.

India meanwhile look to claim a series win in the fourth T20I on Sunday (14 July), and Sundar believes the experience and lessons from earlier in the series bode well for his side in pursuit of victory.

"Coming here to Zimbabwe and playing cricket, I think we are trying to get a lot more information about the wickets over here, (and) the conditions. We didn't really have so much information (for the first game), as much as we have now.

"Obviously there are a lot of learnings and today (in the third T20I) we played on a different wicket, so it played a lot better I would say for batting.

"It’s a great opportunity for us to keep competing with with any team that we play."

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