Washington Sundar

VVS Laxman praises Washington Sundar, believes he can play all three formats

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Team India have successfully secured a 3-1 series win in the four-match Test series against England. While spinners seal the deal, Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar stood up with the bat as well. However, they have impressed everyone with their batting and former India batsman, VVS Laxman is one of them.

Laxman revealed that Washington Sundar has the temperament to become a key player in the Indian team in all three formats as an all-rounder as well. However, his comments came after Sundar had played crucial roles for the team in the recently-concluded Test series against England at home.

Despite getting not many opportunities with the ball in the presence of experienced spinner R Ashwin and the debutant Axar Patel in the series, he left his mark in the batting department with scores of 85* and 96*. Unfortunately, he missed his maiden Test hundred not once but twice during the series.

However, VVS Laxman shared that with age on his side, he will get more chances in future to score centuries as he has the skills and the talent to be in the team.

“The situation in which he had come to bat, six wickets had fallen and after that the partnership with Rishabh Pant and then with Axar Patel, he will definitely be disappointed. We all are disappointed because it hurts when a player does not get what he deserves. But he will get opportunities, it is a young career and he is a young player and he will definitely play the all-rounder’s role for India in all three formats,” VVS Laxman said while speaking on Star Sports.

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“He is an all-round player”: VVS Laxman about Washington Sundar

“It was an amazing knock, he is an all-round player. He can play the cuts off the back-foot, the drives, play on the up and can even go down the pitch to play the aerial shots. It was a complete knock. We discussed a lot about Rishabh Pant but you cannot forget his contribution,” he further added.

However, the veteran cricketer has applauded the young Tamil Nadu batsman, saying that he has a calm head and he can brilliantly play short balls. He also called Washington Sundar a complete batsman who can play both pace and spin easily.

“He used to play as an opener at the age-group level and he had a century in first-class cricket before this match. I feel he has the temperament of a top-order batsman. You can have the shots but your mindset decides if you can perform against a good bowler. The technique and footwork he showed against the bouncers clearly shows that he can become a complete player. His strength is the off-side but he can play the pull shot also very well. The way he uses his wrists against the spinners and his feet to play the shots down the ground, I feel he is a complete batsman,” VVS Laxman concluded.

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