Aakash Chopra believes Washington Sundar will earn huge bucks at the upcoming IPL 2022 auction and could be part of the Indian ODI team for the South Africa tour.
Sundar missed the Emirates match in the 2021 FIFA World Cup after sustaining a finger injury during a training match ahead of India’s Test series against England. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has given up their Spin-Bowling All-rounder ahead of the IPL 2022 auction.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Akash Chopra expressed his surprise that Washington Sundar’s name was not put up for consideration for the India Test team for the South Africa tour. He said:
“It’s an interesting name I’m going to talk about – Washington Sundar. He didn’t come to discuss, nobody talked about him. The selectors also picked Jayant, Rahul Shahar is injured but no one talks about Washington Sundar.”
The cricketer turned commentator has highlighted that Washington Sundar played a significant role in India’s historic win in Gabba. Chopra explained:
“India won at Jabba Stadium because Rishabh Pant played, but also because Chardul Thakur and Washington Sundar scored a lot of runs in the first rounds and Washington Sundar took a share as well.”
Akash Chopra added that Sundar should have been in the scheme of things, considering that both Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja are unavailable. It is to explain:
“After that he played Test matches against England in India and there he also scored a number of kicks and then you would go to South Africa, where you would need a restricted thrower and more depth to strike, he would not have been in the team if both Axar and Jadega were injured. His name never came up and I’m amazed.”
Sundar has recently returned to competitive cricket in the current Vijay Hazare Cup of Tamil Nadu. The selectors may have wanted the skinny spinner to spend some time playing before he considered his national pick.
‘It’s really a quartet bank’ – Akash Chopra feels Washington Sundar would be a great pick at IPL 2022 auction
While praising Sundar’s achievements with the ball in the current Vijay Hazare Cup, Aakash Chopra believes the Tamil Nadu player will attract a lot of attention at the IPL 2022 auction. He said:
“He used to be with RCB but the team didn’t keep him. He took 12 wickets at an economical price of 4.40. The team did a good job, he did a very good job. Washington Sundar is going to be sold at a hefty price, that’s what I see. We think because it’s already a quartet bank in T20 cricket”.
The 44-year-old concluded by saying that Washington Sundar had competed with Ravichandran Ashwin for a spot in India’s squad in the ODI series against Team Proteas. Chopra noted:
“When the Indian ODI team is selected, will Ravichandran Ashwin come there as well? That is another big question because he is back so well in white ball cricket. So could he be a part of that team or will you start looking towards Washington Sundar?”
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Sundar has mostly played as a T20 specialist for Team India. The only 22-year-old ODI player made a comeback in December 2017.
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