Wasim Jaffer, a former India Test batter, has praised Washington Sundar’s all-around skills and said that he might be a promising player for the national side in the future. India’s maiden Twenty20 International (T20I) against New Zealand was played at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on January 27. Sundar was India’s best player with the bat and the ball.
In the end, the spin-bowling all-rounder had outstanding numbers of 2/22 from his four overs at an economy rate of 5.5, and he also excelled with the bat in the second innings, reaching 50 off just 28 balls. Unfortunately, his efforts were for nothing, as they lost the game by 21 runs.
“India would be happy that Washington Sundar got runs. He looks like a really good prospect for the future, especially in white-ball formats. India would have been pleased to see Washington Sundar do well,” said Wasim Jaffer while speaking on ESPNcricinfo.
Sundar took out Finn Allen and Mark Chapman, both of whom were going well, in the powerplay overs. Chapman walked back without scoring as Allen hit 35 off just 23 balls.
Washington Sundar, you beauty. What a catch. 👀
Washington Sundar Also smashed fifty from just 25 balls, What a ball striking.#WashingtonSunder #INDVsNZT20 #MSDhoni #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/Ac0NvlVKKF
— Aviral Mishra (@BJP4AVIRAL) January 27, 2023
But Wasim Jaffer has faith that India would recover from this disheartening loss.
“Suryakumar and Hardik Pandya were the last hopes. Two dismissals within two overs completely shut the shop for India. India would be coming back strongly. It’s kind of a one-off game and you expect this Indian team to bounce back strongly in the next game”, he added.
This Sunday, January 29, will be the second Twenty20 International between the two sides, and it will be played at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. This time around, with the series on the line, the Men in Blue will be seeking to make a statement after a string of dismal batting performances.