Washington Sundar dismisses Steve Smith: The debutant spinner made his presence felt after dismissing the opposition’s premier batsman.
During the first day of the fourth Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Brisbane, India all-rounder Washington Sundar made an interesting start to his Test debut by dismissing Australia batsman Steve Smith.
Sundar, who was accompanying the Test squad as a net bowler, was handed a debut at the Gabba today after injuries to multiple first-choice players. It was India’s desire to strengthen their batting unit which forced them to pick Sundar ahead of a specialist spinner in Kuldeep Yadav.
Having started with three maiden overs on the trot, Sundar sent back Smith on the first delivery of his fourth over. In what a regular delivery on the pads, it was a tight on-side field setting which accounted for Smith’s dismissal.
Wanting to flick an ordinary delivery, Smith was gutted after he hit it straight to India vice-captain Rohit Sharma at short mid-wicket. After stitching a 70-run partnership alongside Marnus Labuschagne, Smith ended up scoring 36 (77) with the help of five fours.
Sundar, who made his debut alongside Tamil Nadu teammate T. Natarajan, had earlier grabbed a straightforward catch at square leg to dismiss Marcus Harris (5) in the first session.
Washington Sundar dismisses Steve Smith
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 15, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
Smart field placing by Rahane, another excellent catch by Rohit and Sundar has Smith as his first Test victim. Big blow for the Aussies losing their mainstay. Trend of play has swung India’s way again. Pressure piling up on the batsmen
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 15, 2021
First test wicket Steve Smith. @Sundarwashi5 living his dream and what can be better for a young man. India very much in this.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) January 15, 2021
Washington – Youuuu Sundarrrr ( err Beauty) #IndvAus
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) January 15, 2021
— DK (@DineshKarthik) January 15, 2021
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