Former England skipper, Michael Vaughan feels that Washington Sundar has the ability to become a batting all-rounder going into the future, and may even find himself batting in the top 6.
Washington Sundar, who is a regular feature in the T20 side, has had a promising start to his Test career. He made his Test debut in Australia and was contributed significantly to the series-winning Test match in Brisbane with both bat and ball.
In the home Tests against England, while couldn’t get many opportunities with the ball in the presence of R Ashwin and Axar Patel, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder shone with the bat. Batting at number 7 and 8, he scored 181 runs in 4 innings – unfortunately, Sundar missed out on his maiden Test hundred twice in the series as he was stranded on 85* and 96*.
“I look where he bats at No. 8 and think he’s not gonna bat there for long. He’s certainly a player that could bat in the top six in time. That’s gonna give India a great option, he can bowl his off spin. Technically very strong, plays straight, picks up length quickly, he’s got good options on both front and back foot off side and on side,” said Michael Vaughan while speaking with Cricbuzz.
Sundar has shown that he is in full control: Michael Vaughan
The 21-year-old’s calmness and temperament in difficult situations have impressed Michael Vaughan largely. All the three fifties of Sundar – in Brisbane, Chennai, and Ahmedabad – have come when the team was in a fragile position and he did exceedingly well to pull the side out of it.
“Again we have to look at the age… 21 Washington Sundar, 23 for Rishabh Pant. They are certainly the future of Indian cricket. I look the way Sundar has played in his short test career. The way he started in Australia and obviously here in his own backyard, you obviously expect him to do well but it’s the pressure… We’ve seen him play with great courage and a calm head.
“I always look at younger players on how they react to pressure situation. Can they send back a message to the dressing room that they are in control. And I think Sundar has shown that he is in full control,” the former England captain further added.