Washington Sundar sets record with the bat after a whirlwind knock against New Zealand

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Washington Sundar‘s comeback to the ODI side was a very fruitful one. Sundar’s whirlwind knock helped India put a respectable total on the board. He hit 37 off just 16 balls with an impressive strike rate of 231.25 due to which India scored 307 runs. 

With this knock, Sundar broke the record set by Kapil Dev and Suresh Raina. 

The Record

The highest strike rate for a 30+ score in ODI by an Indian player on New Zealand soil.

Washington Sundar- 231.25 ( 2022)

Suresh Raina- 211.11 (2009)

Kapil Dev- 206.25 (1992)

Sundar is usually known for playing long innings and is more looked upon as a stabilizer rather than finishing the innings. We saw a very different side of Sundar during this knock. The left-hander seems to have improved his power game and added some innovative shots to his armory. 

He hit some clean shots down the ground with an improved bat swing and quick hands. Washington also played a scoop shot over fine leg to fetch himself a boundary. He played the angles and the field well to score some crucial runs for his side. His knock had a huge impact on the game otherwise India could not have breached the 300-run mark. 

Sundar was impressive with the ball too. On a high-scoring venue with small boundaries, the off-spinner ended with figures of 10-0-42-0. Even though he could not get wickets, he kept the batsmen in check and did not let them cut loose. He generated extra bounce from the wicket and also varied his pace beautifully. If luck had favored him a little, he could have had one or even two wickets to his name. 

India is in dire need of someone who could score a quick-fire cameo and chip in with some useful overs. Sundar has made a very clear case for himself to be a part of the Indian set up not just in the white ball but all three formats. 

With Ashwin at the fag end of his career and constant injuries to Jadeja, Washington Sundar can be a permanent solution to the all-around problem for India. 

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