Washington Sundar Will Not Bat At Number 8 For Long: Michael Vaughan
Washington Sundar produced a majestic unbeaten 96 under pressure in the fourth and final Test against England in Ahmedabad stitching two consecutive hundred partnerships which rescued India from a precarious position and took them to a dominating one by the time the innings finally culminated. The maturity, cool and calm temperament he displayed playing in just his fourth Test even left the former England captain and strong critic of India, Michael Vaughan impressed.
Vaughan showered praise on the latest batting all-rounder sensation from India who had already impressed with his brilliant performance on debut against Australia in the series decider in Brisbane before again showcasing his class in the series opener in Chennai. The stylish England batsman was particularly impressed by Sundar’s technique and strokeplay. He was left in awe of the backfoot punch Sundar played off the bowling of James Anderson on Day 2 of the final Test at Motera and stated that one of the finest and most elegant left-handers in the history of Indian cricket, Sourav Ganguly would have been proud to play that shot.
Vaughan echoed the sentiment of many other cricketers and pundits including India’s coach, Ravi Shastri who, in the aftermath of Sundar’s stunning performance in Ahmedabad stated that he was too good a talent to be wasted down at number 8 from where he played that magnificent innings in Ahmedabad.
“Sundar is too good a player to be at No.8. That punch he played off Jimmy Anderson through extra cover towards the end of the day – Sourav Ganguly would have been absolutely delighted to have come off his blade,” the former England captain told Cricbuzz.
“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,” Vaughan added.
Vaughan heaped praise on Sundar and admired his ability to handle pressure despite being all of 21 years of age with a handful of international experience. He added that Sundar and Pant were the future of Indian cricket.
“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,” stated Vaughan.
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