One of the finest spin-bowling all-rounders of India currently, Washington Sundar is a match-winner for India. The off-spinner and handy batter, Washington Sundar can be a crucial asset for India in the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
After being out of action for quite some time start from the middle of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 due to a hamstring injury, Sundar is back in the Indian cricket team side. He is presently in the Indian T20I side for the 3-match T20I series versus Ireland.
Having made his international debut way back in 2017, Sundar is a seasoned campaigner. With oodles of experience under his belt, Washington Sundar is all set to be a good back-up option for Ravindra Jadeja.
In this article, we take a look at 3 reasons why Washington Sundar can be a crucial asset for India in the upcoming World Cup 2023:
1. He is a versatile all-rounder
One of Washington Sundar’s key USP’s is the fact that he is quite flexible and dynamic. Sundar has been a part of India’s squads for quite some time and has proven his flexibility and versatility.
He can bat in the top-order, middle-order and the lower-order and can bat with maturity. For his state side in domestic cricket and in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), Sundar has batted at the top-order and has performed well.
Sundar is also a very smart bowler and his off-spin bowling makes him stand-out among the all-rounder crowd in India.
2. Washington Sundar has plenty of experience under his belt
Washington Sundar has been in the Indian team set-up for a considerable period of time now and has been an absolute match-winner. Sundar had made his T20I debut way back in 2017 and since then has played 36 T20Is, 16 ODIs and 4 Tests.
As the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is a big-ticket affair, Washington Sundar’s experience will come in handy for Rohit Sharma and co. at home. He can be the gun option for Rohit Sharma during crunch situations.
3. The World Cup will be played in India
India will be hosting the ICC ODI World Cup for the first time completely and the conditions will be tailor-made for spinners. India traditionally has had spin-friendly tracks and Sundar’s off-spin bowling will be crucial for the team.
In case Jadeja gets injured or India decide to go in with an off-spinner in the side along side Jadeja, Washington Sundar would be high on the pecking order.