Washington Sundar drew plaudits for his exceptional bowling spell against Afghanistan in the third and final T20I at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. When all other bowlers leaked too many runs, Washington Sundar stuck to his subtle bowling variations and kept the Afghans in check.
It is worth noting that he was the best performer for India with the ball. He accounted for three dismissals, giving away just 18 runs in 3 overs. The Tamil Nadu-born cricketer maintained an economy of just 6, which is indeed worth applauding.
On the contrary, other spinners including Ravi Bishnoi and Kuldeep Yadav conceded too many runs. While Bishnoi conceded 38 runs in 4 overs and went wicketless, Kuldeep Yadav conceded 31 runs and took a wicket. Case in point, Rohan Gavaskar has backed Washington Sundar’s selection in the T20 World Cup 2024 squad.
Rohan Gavaskar feels Washington Sundar should be there in the squad for T20 World Cup
One of the exceptional features of Sundar’s bowling is his economy rate. He has time and again displayed the ability to contain runs and build pressure on the opposition batters, which is quite significant in limited-overs cricket.
Washington Sundar often bowls with a tight line and length, making it daunting for the batters to score freely. Rohan Gavaskar wants Washington to be in the squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, slated to be held in the United States and the West Indies (June 1 to 29).
“I think he should. I think they’ll wait to see. It’s the fight in any team; the selection, the fight is always for two or three players. You’re always at 19-20 between two or three players. So, for these players, those 19-20, it will come down to form in the IPL,” Gavaskar told Cricbuzz.
He further added that Washington Sundar should have been given the Player of the Match award. “If you’ve picked three wickets at an economy of a run a ball when 212 runs have been scored, I don’t know who the player of the match is, but for me, he’d be a really strong contender to be the player of the match. I know most likely it’s going to be Rohit Sharma,” the former Indian all-rounder added.