Rising Pune Supergiant’s young spinner Washington Sundar has taken the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) by storm and has been one of the finds of the season.

There was a lot of talk about the young 17 year old boy from Chennai even before he bowled his first delivery in IPL 10. And the reason was, his unusual name.

Washington’s father, M. Sundar, has finally revealed the reason behind his son’s name. He said:

“I am a Hindu and come from a very humble family. 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.”

Sundar told the Hindu,  “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.”

The relationship was such that he decided to name his first child after his godfather and says if he had another son he would have called him “Washington Jr.”

Just after P.D passed away in 1999, M. Sundar’s first son was born.

“My wife had a difficult delivery. But the baby survived. As per the Hindu custom, I whispered a God’s name, ‘Srinivasan,’ in his ear. But I decided to name him Washington in memory of the man who had done so much for me,” revealed Washington’s father.

Washington Sundar has played an important role in Pune’s journey into the finals of the World biggest T-20 Tournament. The 17-year old off spinner has picked up 8 wickets in 10 matches so far.

Washington was the reason behind the havoc in qualifier one against the Mumbai Indians, who finished 1st in the group stage as he picked up three wickets that helped RPS seal a place in the finals of the IPL 10.