Washington Sundar ear problem: India star's hearing condition and unusual name explained

Jordan Carlisle December 10, 2020
Washington Sundar ear problem: India star's hearing condition and unusual name explained
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Washington Sundar ear problem: We take a look at the India star’s hearing condition and explain his unusual name.

Washington Sundar is a 21-year-old cricketer from Chennai, who is quickly becoming a star for India in the T20 format.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 08: Washington Sundar of India f during game three of the Twenty20 International series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on December 08, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

He’s a useful left-handed batsman but has gained selection primarily for his skills as an off-spinner.

Washington Sundar ear problem and name explained

Remarkably, Sundar has been deaf in one ear since birth.

The spinner is said to have been taken to a doctor about the issue by his parents when he was between four and five years old, but there was no way to resolve it.

The ear problem hasn’t impacted his cricket career, though, and he recently shot up the ICC T20I Rankings, after dismissing both Aaron Finch and Steve Smith in a series against Australia.

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The RCB star’s name has also been a source of great interest for cricket fans, as it’s fair to say that ‘Washington’ isn’t a typical first name in India.

It turns out it was his father who decided on the name, as a tribute to a friend and mentor who passed away before his son’s birth.

“I am a Hindu and come from a very humble family,” he said, as quoted by News 18. “Two streets away from my home in Triplicane lived an ex-army man called P.D. Washington. Washington was extremely fond of cricket and would come to watch us play at the Marina ground. He took a liking for my game.”

“I was poor and he would buy uniform for me, pay my school fee, get me books, take me to the ground in his cycle and constantly encourage me…I decided to name him Washington in memory of the man who had done so much for me.”

Well, there we have it!

Washington Sundar’s father wasn’t able to make it as a professional, but his son is excelling at international level and could be a key man in India’s bid to win the T20 World Cup on home soil in 2021.

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Jordan has been working for GRV Media since 2018, after completing a Media and Journalism postgraduate degree at the University of Glasgow. Brought up in Belfast, he has a passion for writing and has followed British and European football avidly all his life.