Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar. Credits: Twitter

Indian all-rounder Washington Sundar was ruled out of the Zimbabwe tour and he has been replaced by Shahbaz Ahmed, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed on Tuesday.

Sundar suffered a shoulder injury during a county game and he will not be part of the tour. In his stead, Shahbaz has been rewarded for his consistent performances in the IPL with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

The All-India Senior Selection Committee named Shahbaz Ahmed as the replacement for Washington Sundar for the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. Washington Sundar injured his shoulder while playing a County game in England. He has been ruled out of the Zimbabwe tour,” the media release from BCCI read.

Shahbaz Ahmed
Shahbaz Ahmed (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shahbaz played all 16 games for RCB and scored 219 runs while picking up four wickets. His List-A stats are impressive as well where he averages 47.28 with the bat in 26 games.

As for Sundar, his season continues to spiral downwards having been plagued with injuries. The all-rounder broke a finger during India’s tour of England last year before pulling his hamstring ahead of the South Africa tour in January this year.

Washington Sundar

Sundar also contracted covid-19 in the process before another wrist injury saw him miss five matches in the IPL 2022 season. He was set to return for the tour of Zimbabwe but will now be left to recover from the shoulder injury.

India’s squad for 3 ODIs:

KL Rahul (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Shahbaz Ahmed.

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