India all-rounder Washington Sundar took to social media on Friday to thank Anand Mahindra, the Chairman of the Mahindra Group, for gifting him the latest model of Thar SUV in honour of his performances in India’s Test series win in Australia earlier this month.
Anand Mahindra made a special plea to Mahindra Auto to gift Thar SUVs to 6 India players, including 5 who had made their debut in the hard-fought 4-Test series. Mahindra said he wanted to gift the SUVs to the 6 of them from his own pocket for their inspiring performances during India’s 2-1 series win.
“Humbled by your kind gift Sir @anandmahindra. Thank you for all the support & encouragement that you give us youngsters. We will continue to do our best,” Sundar said in his social media post.
Humbled by your kind gift Sir @anandmahindra. Thank you for all the support & encouragement that you give us youngsters. We will continue to do our best.
— Washington Sundar (@Sundarwashi5) January 29, 2021
The likes of Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Shubman Gill, Navdeep Saini and T Natarajan along with Sundar were the ones who were set to receive the much-sought-after SUV.
“Six young men made their debuts in the recent historic series #INDvAUS (Shardul’s 1 earlier appearance was short-lived due to injury)They’ve made it possible for future generations of youth in India to dream & Explore the Impossible,” Mahindra had said in a Twitter post.
“Theirs are true ‘Rise’ stories; overcoming daunting odds in the pursuit of excellence. They serve as an inspiration in all arenas of life. It gives me great personal pleasure to gift each of these debutants an All New THAR SUV on my own account-at no expense to the company.”
Sundar had stayed back in Australia after the limited-overs series as a net bowler to help India prepare for the 4-Test series. However, a series of injury concerns meant India were without even one of their first-choice bowlers for the final Test — the series decider at Australia’s fortress at Gabba, Brisbane.
Sundar made his Test debut in the 4th Test along with T Natarajan while Shardul Thakur returned to the side 3 years after an injury-curtailed debut in 2018. All 3 of them made immediate impacts as Sundar and Natarajan picked up 3 wickets each in the first innings.
Sundar and Shardul stitched a 123-run stand, helping India out of trouble in the first innings in response to Australia’s first-innings total of 369. From 186 for 6, the two batsmen helped India fight back and post a 336-run total.
In the second innings, Shardul picked up 4 wickets while Siraj got his maiden five-wicket haul. As India completed a historic, successful chase of 328 to breach the Gabba fortress, the likes of Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant and Sundar along with senior pro Cheteshwar Pujara made significant contributions.