New Zealand may have won the 3-match ODI series 1-0, but it was a mood spoiler for the ardent followers of the game. Not only did the bad weather affect 2 out of the three matches but it also hurt India’s campaign which was off to a disappointing start. After losing their opener by seven runs, the visitors never had a chance to bounce back and, in the end, were forced to return empty-handed. However, there were a few positive takeaways for Men in Blue, and one of them was Washington Sundar’s versatile performance.
The Tamil Nadu cricketer scored an unbeaten 16-ball 37 wickets India Published 307/6. Although Sundar did not opt for any wicket in the series, he was at his best economically. In the third ODI, he made his first ODI 50, top-scoring with a 64-ball 51 in India’s total of 219.
Former India coach Ravi Shastri, who was one of the commentators on the tour, said Sundar took the opportunity with both hands in the absence of the senior players.
“He took the opportunity with both hands. And today I think he showed a lot of maturity with the bat. The conditions were tough, the top order was tough, the ball was hitting the bat, but right from the start in 5-7 minutes you knew this guy composed.” Amazon Prime Video after closing 3Research and development ODI.
“He looked organised, he left the ball well and the balance was great and his feet so positive. When he got to two boundaries you knew he was on his way. So these innings will do him a world of good. The right batter in tough conditions to get a half-century. I think he should to take that.”
Besides Sundar, the former coach highlighted many other positives from the ODI series.
“I think a lot of positives came from the one-day series. Shreyas Iyer is running in a few matches. Ready to stay there and ready to take the tough period. Suriyakumar of course has the potential, he has the talent, and he’s capable of that.
“Sundar, I thought he was very good. Even Imran Malik liked the way he throws the ball. There is potential there. If he can persevere, that would be very good. All around, there was a very positive generational chipman in the starting innings.”