AUS vs IND: 'Sure I Will Get A Big Score', Washington Sundar To His Dad Before Gabba Innings
While fans and former cricketers are pleasantly surprised at India's tail wagging with No. 7 and 8 scoring half-centuries, Washington Sundar's father is upset at his son for not getting a Test century.
Sundar scored 62 off 144 balls and shared a 123-run seventh-wicket partnership with Shardul Thakur, who made 67 on the third day of the fourth Test between India and Australia at The Gabba. Sundar was the ninth man to be dismissed.
"I am disappointed he did not get a 100. When Siraj came, he should have hit fours and sixes. He is capable of that. He should have gone for sixes. He could have gone for pulls and big hits. Perhaps, he thought of trying to come close to Australia's total as the lead was very less," father M Sundar told IANS from Chennai.
"I speak to him in Australia every day. I told him last evening whenever you get a chance, get a big score. He said, 'Sure I will'."
There is a reason why M Sundar is upset. He knows his son is a very capable top-order batsman although he has been picked in the team only for the lower middle-order. Washington has played only 12 first-class matches but whenever he has got a chance, he has performed.
He opened the innings against Mumbai at Lahli in his debut match for Tamil Nadu in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season. The ground at Lahli is more of an open field and aids seam bowling. But he shared a 107-run partnership for the first wicket with Abhinav Mukund on that surface.
He also made 156 openings for TN against Tripura at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. It is a surprise that he hasn't featured in TN Ranji side for over three years now.