Indian all-rounder Washington Sundar takes four wickets on County debut for Lancashire

The all-rounder made a successful return to red ball cricket, having missed a lot of outings owing to his hand injury in July 2021.

Washi Sundar during his last Test match for India. (Courtesy: AFP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wasshington Sundar was the most successful bowler for Lancashire on Day 1
  • The game was level on Day 1 with Northamptonshire scoring 218/7
  • This was Washi’s return to red ball cricket

Indian all-rounder Washington Sundar made a stunning debut for Lancashire in the County Championship on Tuesday, 19 July. Sundar took four wickets to put Lancashire in a decent position at the end of the first day against Northamptonshire. The right handed off spinner first picked up opener Will Young early in the day and then broke the middle order partnership that was building.

Sundar has been falling off the pecking order from the India team after constantly injuring his arm, something that has kept the T20 specialist out. Even while playing for SunRisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, Sundar missed a lot of matches for splitting the webbing of his bowling hand, ruling him out of key matches.

With his upcoming stint at the English county side, the 22-year-old will be making his comeback in red-ball cricket.

“I remember playing with my Playstation and choosing Lancashire against most of the domestic teams here. It is great to be here and playing for Lancashire,” Washington said in an interview with the club’s official YouTube channel.

The young all-rounder added, “It has got some exciting talents and some experienced players. I am looking forward to sharing the dressing room with them and to sharing of knowledge about how cricket is played here.

“Most importantly, I look forward to winning a lot of games and making memories with all.”

Washington delved into his childhood memories and said that he loved to be Andrew Flintoff when playing video games.

“I used to be Andrew Flintoff because he would give me four overs of solid pace and swing, and obviously he could come down at six or seven and tonk some huge sixes.

“Obviously, James Anderson is a legend, he can swing the ball both ways. Looking forward to seeing him here, seeing him bowl and how he goes about his things,” he said.

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