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“Washington Sundar channels his inner SKY today”

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Washington Sundar’s enterprising cameo proved to make a difference of at least 10-20 points in the first ODI between Team India and New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland.

Going out to bat at No. 7, Sundar played incredibly clean shots and had 37 carries on just 16 balls to ensure India broke the 300 carries mark. The Men in Blue finished the heats on a mammoth 306/7.

Earlier half-centuries of the front three of Shubman Gill (50), Shikhar Dhawan (72) and Shreyas Iyer (80) gave the Men in Blue a good platform. However, it’s Sundar’s stunt that could turn out to be a game-changing cameo.

Fans on Twitter have hailed the versatile Tamil Nadu for finally showing what he is capable of as he has been in and out of the squad due to injuries.

Indian Premier League franchise handful Punjab Kings drew parallels between Sundar’s strokeplay and that of Suryakumar Yadav, tweeting:

“Washington Sundar is channeling his inner SKY today! 🤩🤩🤩”

Here are some of the reactions:

Washington’s split innings could be the difference in this game 👌👌

Washington’s split innings could be the difference in this game 👌

Just stay in shape, Washington Sundar. You will undoubtedly be in this team for WC ODI 2023 and WC T20 2024.

Just stay in shape, Washington Sundar. You will undoubtedly be in this team for WC ODI 2023 and WC T20 2024.

Washington Sundar wow changes the game.

Washington Sundar wow changes the game.

Washington Sundar Scored 37 carries in just 16 deliveries at a 231.25 strike rate Amazing stuff by Washi ❤️🙌

One hell of a round by Sundar
Pure class and elegance

One hell of a sleeve by SundarPure class and elegance

SUNDAR shots exposed!!! 🤌💙💙

SUNDAR shots exposed!!! 🤌💙

Washington Sundar. We missed you very much. Such an exciting display to take the team over 300🔥🔥.

Washington Sundar. We missed you very much. Such an exciting display to bring the team to over 300🔥.

A year later, India will enter with four hitters, four bowlers, two all-rounders and one wicketkeeper.

Pandya and Jadeja are going to be the all-rounders.

But both are injury prone. It’s important for Sundar (also injury-prone) to make the most of every break.

A year later, India will enter with four hitters, four bowlers, two all-rounders and one wicketkeeper. Pandya and Jadeja will be the all-rounders. But both are injury prone. It’s important for Sundar (also injury-prone) to make the most of every break.

Did someone forget to tell Washington Sundar that the T20 series was over? Good God.

Did someone forget to tell Washington Sundar that the T20 series was over? Good God.

What a cameo from Sundar. Not only the runs, but the shots were crisp as well. 🥵

What a cameo from Sundar. Not only the runs, but the shots were crisp as well. 🥵

What a Washington Sundar blinder, 37* on just 16 balls – amazing finish from Sundar.

What a Washington Sundar blinder, 37* on just 16 balls – amazing finish from Sundar.

What a Washington Sundar finish – 37* on just 16 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes. Made a comeback after recovering from injury and made the hitter so easy.

Well done, Sundar!

What a Washington Sundar finish – 37* on just 16 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes. Made a comeback after recovering from injury and made the hitter so easy. Well done, Sundar!


Washington Sundar’s cameo helped India take advantage of the backend

The Indian team again got off to a good start, thanks to the opening partnership of Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill. The duo presented their fourth century position in nine innings.

However, from 124/0 the Men in Blue slipped to 160/4 as Lockie Ferguson cast a fantastic spell. Shreyas Iyer continued his dream touch in the ODIs, stringing together another half-century and securing crucial support from Sanju Samson (36). Their 94-race stand gave Washington Sundar a platform to explode.

The all-rounder played fabulous shots and handled the pitch very well. The Kiwis know they have their work cut out because only once in ODI history have more than 300 people been prosecuted at Eden Park.


India XI: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal.

New Zealand XI: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org