VVS Laxman praised Washington Sundar for batting like a top-order batsman on the fourth day of the first Test against England in Chennai.
Washington Sundar scored an unbeaten 85 to help India reach a score of 337 runs in their first innings. He also played two crucial knocks as a part of India’s Border-Gavaskar Trophy clinching triumph in Brisbane.
At a discussion in star Sports, VVS Laxman and Ashish Nehru praised the southpaw’s batsmanship.
While talking about Sundar’s knock today, Laxman pointed out that Sundar was benefited by loose deliveries bowled by Dom Bess and Jack Leach.
However, Laxman lauded the prowess of the 21-year-old when he hit six and four off James Anderson and Jofra Archer’s bowling respectively.
“It was a wonderful knock by Washington Sundar. He was fully prepared the way he batted in Brisbane under pressure and today as well. We know Bess and Leach gave the bad deliveries to him but I remember two shots – the down the ground six and the straight drive, he comes into very good positions,” said Laxman.
The former cricketer noted that Sundar’s defence was similar to that of a top-order batsman.
“He uses his feet and the depth of the crease against the spinners but showed great faith in his defence against the fast bowlers when the new ball was taken. It was great to see that and he batted like a No.3 or No.4 batsman and not a No.7 or No.8,” added Laxman.
Ashish Nehra on the other hand mentioned that Washington Sundar’s performance in his debut Test in Australia gave him immense confidence.
“Washington Sundar’s knock shows his mindset, how high his confidence is. The way he scored runs in his first match in Brisbane. He played as an opener in the TNPL and at the under-19 World Cup but once you score runs for the first time, your confidence is at a different level. He even left deliveries when Jimmy Anderson came over the stumps. It was not that he was trying to hit every delivery,” said Nehra.
The former Indian pacer concluded by saying that Sundar’s talent as a batsman was evident when he was associated with Royal Challengers Bangalore as a bowling coach.
“He understands his game very well. I have worked with RCB for some time and there is no lacking in his batting talent. He is accomplished in playing on bouncy tracks against quick bowling as well. He likes playing the fast bowlers and the way he played against spin today, bending down to play cover drives against the spin clearly shows his talent as a batsman,” concluded Nehra.