Despite the number of injuries that have hovered around the Indian camp during the Border Gavaskar Trophy, every player who had debuted in this series has managed to impress with the kind of performance each one has put up.
This time it has been Washington Sundar from Tamil Nadu who only stayed back with the team in the capacity of a net bowler but on the morning of 15th January 2021, Sundar relived the most unrealistic dream as he replaced his senior state colleague Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI for the Brisbane Test.
Not only did he pick the key wicket of Steve Smith in the first innings, but Sundar also showed terrific resilience with the bat in the 2nd Innings as he went on to score a magnificent 62 off 144 deliveries in a crucial 123 run partnership with Shardul Thakur taking India from 186/6 to 328/8 at the end of Sundar’s dismissal.
Washington Sundar Smashes A No-Look Six To Nathan Lyon Over Long On
During Sundar’s knock of 62 runs, we witnessed him smash Nathan Lyon for a huge six over long-on. The great part about the six was after Sundar smacked him over the long-on fielder, he didn’t even bother looking at where the ball is heading, he was just so confident about that shot.
The shot left everyone amused as the last time we saw a no-look six being hit was way back in 2009 when MS Dhoni cracked a no-look six during the 3rd ODI between India and New Zealand.
Watch the video here:
That's spicy! A no-look six from Sundar 6️⃣
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 17, 2021
Washington Sundar’s 62 was the highest score by a debutant visiting Number 7 in Australia. He also became the second Indian player to hit a 50+ debut in his batting innings and take three-plus wickets in his debut bowling innings after Dattu Phadkar (51 & 3/14 vs Aus, SCG, 1947/48).
The last time India’s numbers 7 and 8 scored 50+ in the same innings in an away Test, neither of them a wicketkeeper, was at Manchester in 1982, when Sandeep Patil had scored 129* and Kapil Dev had scored 65.