Former Indian captain and renowned batsman Sunil Gavaskar made his case for the inclusion of youngster Washington Sundar in the second Test against England starting on Saturday, as per various media reports. Sundar, significantly, played a crucial role with the bat in the first Test, remaining undefeated with a score of 85 from 138 balls, with a strike rate of 61.59.
Noting that there might be some changes in the squad during the second Test, Gavaskar was of the opinion that Sundar would not be part of said ‘change’.
“What we heard at the press conference, there could be possible just one change. I can’t see too many changes happening because ‘too many changes’ is a sign of panic. And there is no need to panic,” he was quoted as saying to Star Sports.
“This is a very good team. This team was outplayed and it can happen. Yes, we talked about how the toss was important because you get to bat on good pitches which are much better than on the fourth and the fifth day. So, there could be just one change but Washington Sundar is not going to be that change”, he further said.
The all-rounder, however, did not manage to take a wicket in either innings, bowling 26 overs in the first inning, whereas being given the ball for only a single over in the second.
The former batsman reflected that Sundar, as a bowler, might be a better fit for T20 matches as opposed to Tests, as he bowls “flat, flat, flat” with no noticeable flight in the deliveries – a stark contrast to fellow spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.