Never expected to win man of the series award – Washington

In an exclusive interview to TOI, Washington mentioned that finger spinners ‘can be as effective as’ wrist spinners in limited-overs cricket.

What were your expectations heading into the tournament?

I had the belief that I would get another opportunity (after the Lanka T20s at home). I was mentally prepared for everything. But I never expected to end up with the man of the series award. I started off well in the first two games and I just wanted to carry the momentum.

The Indian team has been following the wrist-spin strategy in 50-overs cricket. How do you see your success in T20 format being a finger spinner? Do you think they can be effective?

Wrist spinners are magical. However, I feel finger spinners can be as effective as left-arm and wrist spinners. Most teams prefer left-armers or leggies, especially in the shorter versions. But I feel even offies can be as effective as the other two provided they are proactive. If you can double guess the batsman and be one up on the mindset every ball, then you can be good. Sometimes, an off-spinners’ classical delivery with a bit of loop and turn might not suit this format. Offies certainly need to do a lot of homework before every game.

You are set to play under captain Virat Kohli and coach Daniel Vettori in the colours of RCB. Expectations are bound to be higher. What do you think will be the challenge for you?

If people say I have set a standard, then I should be looking to go higher. I’m really excited to play under Kohli. He is a legend and has been truly inspiring. The challenge will be to overcome all the analysis that’s been done. I have always admired Vettori’s bowling. It will be different working with him — he is a modern-day coach who knows the current generation of cricketers. I’m looking forward to it.


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