Washington Sundar could only watch from the non-striker’s end as his hopes of scoring his maiden hundred were squashed after India lost their last 3 wickets in 5 balls.
Washington Sundar missed out on his maiden Test hundred. (Reuters Photo)
- Sundar was left stranded on 96 after last three wickets fell in five balls
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- I feel very very bad for Washington Sundar: VVS Laxman
Former India batsman VVS Laxman said that he felt really bad for Washington Sundar who once again missed on his maiden Test hundred on Day 3 of the final Test against England in Ahmedabad. Sundar was batting on 96 when India lost their last three wickets in five deliveries to be all out for 365 for a handy first-innings lead of 160 runs.
Laxman could not stop himself from feeling for the youngster but said that Sundar should be really proud of the way he has batted especially when the team required this innings from him. Sundar featured in two century-plus partnerships, consolidating India’s position in the fourth and final Test against England on Saturday.
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“I feel very very bad for the youngster. He should be really proud of the way he has batted especially when the team required these innings from him. Under pressure and this is not the first time he has done that. You have seen his first Test innings. He has got the mindset to absorb the pressure and his natural style is fantastic,” VVS Laxman said on Star Sports.
Feel really bad for @Sundarwashi5 But he must feel really proud the way he batted and contributed to the Team when required. I am sure he will definitely get more opportunities to score s #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/HKYroRNwlI
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 6, 2021
Resuming from his overnight score of 60*, Sundar batted in his usual composed manner making batting look simple. Sundar’s innings had everything that one could ask for as he mixed aggression with caution wonderfully well to take India to a position of strength.
The visuals after that at the Narendra Modi Stadium were heartbreaking for fans and former cricketers. A shattered Washington Sundar started his way back to the dressing room with his head down. However, everyone in the stadium gave a standing ovation to the Chennai-born.