Former India skipper and one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket, Sunil Gavaskar has lavished praise on Washington Sundar after his unbeaten knock of 85 runs in the ongoing first Test against England in Chennai.
Gavaskar said that he was highly impressed not just with the shots played by the young all-rounder in the first innings but also his ability to defend well against the likes of James Anderson and Jofra Archer.
Sundar, who made his Test debut in the final match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia, pulled off resilient efforts to help his side in the series opener following a poor start.
The 21-year-old stitched a crucial 80-run stand for the seventh wicket with a senior player Ravichandran Ashwin, who smashed 91-ball 31 runs before being dismissed by Jack Leach.
However, Sundar missed out on his maiden Test century by just 15 runs after India were bowled out for 337 in the first innings.
Speaking on Star Sports Network, Gavaskar said, “Sundar and Ashwin’s partnership of 80-plus got India back in the fight. If they had dismissed for not too many, then England would have had a lead of 341 instead of 241. Then they would have declared after giving their bowlers enough overs to recover. Those things would have come into play.”
“Some of the shots he played were fabulous. A well-deserved half-century, he deserved a 100 but unfortunately, batting at No. 7 you don’t get a lot of hundreds. That 85 not out is as good as a hundred,” the 71-year-old added.