Washington Sundar: The rookie Indian all-rounder was left stranded on 96* as India lost three wickets within five deliveries.
During the third day of the fourth Test of the ongoing England’s tour of India in Ahmedabad, India all-rounder Washington Sundar (96*) was unfortunate to miss his maiden Test century as he ran out of partners.
Resuming from his overnight score of 60*, Sundar batted in his usual composed manner making batting look simple. In his limited Test career, the southpaw has gained an impression of giving respect to good deliveries but not missing out on run-scoring opportunities, as and when they arise.
The same has been the highlight of this innings as Sundar showed way better composure than any lower middle-order batsman playing in his fourth Test. Sundar, who got his eye in in the morning, first attacked England spinner Dom Bess hitting him for a six and four in the 98th over.
Scoring most of runs his runs via singles and doubles, Sundar looked set to reach the three-figure mark until India lost three wickets within five deliveries at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Once England vice-captain Ben Stokes cleaned up Mohammed Siraj (0), Sundar was visibly heartbroken for not being able to score a century without any fault of his.
Having come in to bat at No. 8 after Ravichandran Ashwin’s (13) dismissal, Sundar had initially played second fiddle to India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant (101) on Day 2. With the latter hitting the English bowlers left, right, and centre, Sundar gave him the ideal company whilst also accumulating runs for himself.
With Sundar and fellow all-rounder Axar Patel (43) putting together a 106-run partnership for the eighth wicket, India lead by 160 runs after scoring 365/10 in 114.4 overs in the first innings.
Twitter reactions on Washington Sundar narrowly missing maiden Test century:
No Ton for Washington….but was by no means any less. Cricket’s obsession with numbers/milestones must not take anything away from this stellar effort. His batting is commanding a place in the side…now, to pick a few more wickets. #IndvEng
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 6, 2021
Oh @Sundarwashi5, wasn’t to be but very well played. There will be more centuries. It was batting of the highest class.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 6, 2021
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 6, 2021
Twice this series Washington Sundar and his maiden Test century have been torn asunder. Poor bloke.
— Ali Martin (@Cricket_Ali) March 6, 2021
Oh that’s such a rough deal. Deprived of a Washing-ton after such a wonderful innings. #INDvENG
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) March 6, 2021
Uh, oh, #WashingtonSundar stranded on 96. What a travesty. Had played superbly
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 6, 2021
Very unfortunate that he wasn’t able to get a much deserved hundred but what he has done is he has set India up to win this game and the series. Superb effort @Sundarwashi5
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) March 6, 2021
oh well, this game isn’t always about fairytales
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) March 6, 2021
Washington Sundar appreciation tweet 👏👏
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 6, 2021
Well played “Grover” Washington Sundar!
— mark butcher (@markbutcher72) March 6, 2021
Stylist and sundar @Sundarwashi5 well played budd 👏
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) March 6, 2021
You gotta feel for Sundar 😢😭
Remained stranded on 85 in Chennai, and today he stays unbeaten on 96 as Stokes knocks Siraj over 😢
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) March 6, 2021
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