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Indian Premier League | Keeping it simple has made Washington a difficult bowler

Washington Sundar of Royal Challengers Bangalore. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

Washington Sundar has stifled batsmen at this IPL. He has an economy rate of 4.9, after sending down 22 overs of off-spin in seven matches.

He may have taken only five wickets so far, but he has done his bit in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s rise to the third spot at the half-way mark.

In the 82-run victory against Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday, he took two wickets, including that of the dangerous Eoin Morgan.

After the match, the 21-year-old revealed the reason why he had been so good. “I have just wanted to keep things simple and hit the hard length,” he said. “That is something that has worked for me this season. I didn’t want to try too many things because we were playing in Sharjah.”

Washington said the team management felt the spinners would get assistance from the wickets in the UAE. About Sharjah, he said: “The wicket slowed down a bit. We felt it would before the start of the game.”

Stunning knock

He added that the stunning knock of A.B. de Villiers made all the difference against KKR, when RCB was thinking a score of 160 would be very good. But the South African’s 73 not out (33b) gave the team much more.

“The way he batted any (bigger) ground would not have made the difference,” said Washington.

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