Graeme Swann Felt Bad For Washington Sundar Who Missed Out On His Maiden 100
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Graeme Swann Felt Bad For Washington Sundar Who Missed Out On His Maiden 100

Washington Sundar
India debutant Washington Sundar celebrates his half century during day three of the 4th Test Match in the series between Australia and India at The Gabba on January 17, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez - CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Graeme Swann, former England cricketer said that he feels bad for the 21-year-old all-rounder Washington Sundar who missed out on his maiden ton while peaking on Star Sports during the Lunch break

Washington Sundar missed out on his maiden Test hundred on Day 3 of the 4th Test between India and England at Motera in Ahmedabad. The left-handed batsman hammered an unbeaten 96 in the first innings, as he helped his team take a solid lead of 160 runs.

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Graeme Swann: Washington Sundar Batted Really Well To Score Unbeaten 96

Washington Sundar was looking so good on Day 3 that it looked inevitable he would get his maiden hundred. The only problem was that the batsmen on the other end had to survive. But the Indian tailenders were once again unable to stay longer at the crease.

After Axar Patel was run out for 43, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Siraj were dismissed in the same over by Ben Stokes, while Washington Sundar could only watch from the non-striker’s end. India was bowled out for 365, and Sundar missed out on a ton. Speaking on Star Sports during the Lunch break, former England cricketer Graeme Swann said that he feels bad for the 21-year-old.

“It was like old school – no. 10 and 11 – back in 25-30 years ago when they could not bat at all. They really left him high and dry, you felt for him. He batted so well,” Graeme Swann said.

“Today, especially, this morning. It was a massive opportunity for England to take those three wickets early and restrict India’s lead. But Washington Sundar was having none of it, and he helped India extend that lead up to 160,” Graeme Swann added.

“So, he batted really well, 96 not out. He will undoubtedly get to three figures in Test cricket at some point, because he looks like a really well player,” Graeme Swann signed off.

Ex England bowler Graeme Swann (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Specsavers)
Ex England bowler Graeme Swann (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Specsavers)

Washington Sundar made a debut to remember for India in the longest format, scoring 84 runs and bagged 4 wickets, as they beat Australia by 3 wickets in Brisbane to clinch the series 2-1 and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the second time in succession at Down Under.

Washington Sundar made his India debut in an ODI back in 2017 against Sri Lanka at the tender age of 18. Although that game remains his only appearance in the 50-over format, the off-spinner has played 26 T20Is and has become a key player under skipper Virat Kohli. He has played 4 Tests so far. He scored a crucial unbeaten 85 in the 1st Test against England at Chennai. He has also picked 6 scalps so far.

Axar Patel Picks 5 Wicket Haul Again As India Won By An Innings And 25 Runs

India won the 4th and final Test by an innings and 25 runs by bowling out England to 205 and 135 after scoring 365 courtesy Rishabh Pant’s 101 and Washington Sundar’s unbeaten 96 as he ran out of partners.

Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI
Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel is on a dream run taking 27 wickets in his first three Tests since debuting in the 2nd Test at Chennai while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took as many as 32 wickets in 4 Tests. Axar Patel would hope that he could have a long stint in the whites for Team India. The left-arm spinner has already played in limited-overs cricket for the team, but an injury to Ravindra Jadeja presented him the opportunity to showcase his skills with the red ball.

India has wrapped this up in 3 days. All-round performances from the team have made sure India has reached the World Test Championship final. Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin with the ball and Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar with the bat helped India win the Test match and series.