Washington Sundar vs NZ
India all-rounder Washington Sundar thanked stand-in head coach VVS Laxman for giving him a chance.

Washington Sundar has made match-winning contributions whenever he has played for India across formats. However, his fitness issues have limited his chances. The all-rounder has a long history of picking up injuries and hasn’t played much for the national team.

In his return game after a long time, he slammed 37 off 16 balls against New Zealand in the first ODI. He hit 3 fours and as many sixes, with his runs coming at a strike-rate of 231.25, the highest by an Indian batter in away ODI innings. 

He went past the likes of Vinay Kumar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. 

Highest strike-rate by Indians in away ODI innings (min 25 runs):

231.25 – Washington Sundar v NZ, today

225.00 – Vinay Kumar v ZIM, 2013

218.18 – Virender Sehwag v SL, 2005

215.62 – Yuvraj Singh v BAN, 2004

211.11 – Suresh Raina v NZ, 2009

Earlier. New Zealand won the toss and invited India to bat first. Shikhar Dhawan (72) and Shubman Gill (50) added 124 for the opening partnership. Shreyas Iyer was the highest run-getter, with 80 coming from his bat. He took 76 balls and slammed 4 fours and 4 sixes in his knock.

Sanju Samson made 36, and the combined effort of the batters took the Men in Blue to 306/7 in 50 overs. For New Zealand, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson took three wickets each.

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