Nonchalant flick? Check. Pull Shot? Check. Hook? Check. Pick-up six? Check. Sumptuous cover-drives? Check. Dab through third-man? Check. Disdainful straight-drives? Check. Check. Is there any shot that Washington Sundar can’t play?
The off-spin all-rounder may not have had a memorable game with the ball but, Washington Sundar more than made up for it with yet another crucial knock for his team in the ongoing match in Chennai.
Having come into bat post the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara late on day 03, Washington Sundar not only showed his full range of strokes during his unbeaten knock of 85 but he also displayed immense mental fortitude and resilience in the cauldron.
The all-rounder, along with Ravichandran Ashwin ensured that India knocked off some of the runs from England’s mammoth first-innings lead with an 80-run-stand for the 7th wicket.
Washington Sundar notched up his 2nd half-century in just his 3rd innings and he also became just the 8th Indian batsman to score a 50 in his debut innings both at home and in overseas conditions.
With wickets falling at the other end, its a pity that Washington Sundar could not complete what would have been a well-deserved maiden Test hundred but his contribution was more than enough for fans as well as pundits to heap high praise on the youngster for his valuable contribution.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Excellent partnership. The tail now has to stand alongside Washington Sundar till lunch.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 8, 2021
Washington Sundar?? pic.twitter.com/0J69LBmwiI
— Jay (@Rohitesque_) February 8, 2021
Bumrah can never visit Washington Sundar's house when his father is at home. #INDvENG
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) February 8, 2021
Washington Sundar – last first-class innings at Chepauk
159(231) vs Tripura 2017/18
– only FC century
R Ashwin – last Test innings at Chepauk
67(149) vs Eng 2016/17
– his last 50+ score at home#INDvENG
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) February 8, 2021
Washington Sundar's Batting Performance in Tests:-
•IND – 165/5 & he scored 62 vs AUS.
•IND – 265/5 & he scored 22 vs AUS.
•IND – 192/5 & he scored 85* vs ENG.
This kind of Batting in under pressure situation is incredibly so good. Brilliant Washington Sundar. #INDvENG
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) February 8, 2021
Most runs in the first 3 Test innings by an Indian batting at 7 or below:-
179: Rahul Dravid
178: Hardik Pandya
169: Washington Sundar#INDvENG
— ComeOn Cricket ??? (@ComeOnCricket) February 8, 2021
So he can bat like this & bowl like that. What a talent Washington Sundar is! #INDvENG
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 8, 2021
Wonder how many No 7 Indian batsmen have had an impact in each one of their first three innings in Test cricket the way Washington Sundar has so far. 2 fifties and a match-winning 22 that included a hooked six off the world’s best fast bowler #INDvENG
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) February 8, 2021
Washington Sundar has been proven a fantastic lower middle order batsman for India. 2nd fifty in just his 3rd Innings that too against good bowling attack, great start to his career.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 8, 2021
Washington Sundar ❤️ well played ??
Brilliant 85* #INDvsENG
— Gauri (@Gauri2823) February 8, 2021
The most important thing of Washington Sundar is that he looks mature even playing only his 2nd test!#INDvENG
— VIKASH KUMAR (@vkc1000) February 8, 2021
This is appreciation tweet for Washington sundar. He is a class batsmen and age is on his side great future for india in upcoming 15 years. #INDvsENG
— Maulik Vadariya (@MaulikVadariya) February 8, 2021
— Piyush (@pyshLucifer) February 8, 2021
Washington Sundar showing his class in the batting. First Incredible Six against Pat Cummins In Australia Tour and now Superb straight drive against Jofra Archer. Excellent from Sundar. pic.twitter.com/yMaxiDQnll
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) February 8, 2021
241 run lead with 5 sessions remaining is mammoth on any pitch anywhere. England hold all the aces. Hat tip to Washington Sundar for a superb knock. Used defence and attack adroitly. Something his more established colleagues in the top order must emulate
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 8, 2021
Washington Sundar's half century is the 50th time since the start of 2015 that a batsman batting at 7 or lower has passed 50 against England. No other team has conceded more 50+ scores against lower order batsmen in that time. #IndvEng
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) February 8, 2021
No look shot vs Lyon.
Straight drive vs Starc
Pull shot vs Cummins
Straight drive vs Archer
Pick up over Anderson's head for six
Washington Sundar, the batsman has been impressive with his batting skills. pic.twitter.com/oEJu7sMShv
— Pranay (@cricvideos18) February 8, 2021