Washington Sundar has been a good prospect for India. The all-rounder has been out of the national side due to the prolonged injury he suffered. Since his international debut in 2017, he has played for India every year. There has been a question that has arisen of why the spinning all-rounder has been preferred all over again and again.
The 24-year-old commits to fulfil all of the responsibilities associated with his career. Performances like 2/22 and 50 off 28 balls against New Zealand kept the selectors questioning. Washington's three half-centuries in the longest format will become more reason for being selected in the shorter formats. Given his age, it is a commitment that he will be able to represent the national team for quite some time. The reality is that few off-spinners in the country have been as effective as he has been with both bat and ball.
In both T20Is and ODIs, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder has scored only two fifties. His form has been cold in recent times as well. Since 2022, there has been no effort that the off-spinner could outperform Axar Patel. Since 2022, the Tamil Nadu off-spinner has taken 22 wickets at an average of 41. One of his strengths, his ability to control runs, has vanished, with an economy rate of 7.7.
Will Washington Sundar get a place in the T20 World Cup squad?
His form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has also dropped quite convincingly. He had an average of 14.64 and a strike rate of 124.8, and his bowling was also poor with nine wickets, giving runs away at 8.4 an over was horrendous. After such a poor display he has been shown faith by the Indian Cricket Team selectors.
He was called up after Axar Patel got injured ahead of the final in the Asia Cup 2023. But did not find a place in the team. Despite warming the bench for all of India's last seven T20Is before the Afghanistan series, the all-rounder can finally help India achieve the 'perfect' balance heading into the T20 World Cup. He has kept the all-rounder in the picture in the eyes of the selectors who are looking at the prospect of the team.