Wasim Jaffer wants India to groom Washington Sundar for the ODI World Cup 2023

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Former Indian cricketer, Wasim Jaffer banks on Washington Sundar to be India’s all-round option for the ODI World Cup 2023.

Washington Sundar was the Indian team’s only positive outcome of the bilateral series against New Zealand. Sundar returned to the national side after recovering from a prolonged injury. He came in as a replacement for Ravindra Jadeja, who is yet to heal from a knee injury.

Washington Sundar marked him with a bang. Sundar scored sizeable runs in the ODI series. Fans and critics are overjoyed with the all-rounder’s comeback. Furthermore, Wasim Jaffer has backed Washington Sundar to be India’s sixth bowling option for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.

“Washington Sundar is the bright spot of this tour,” Wasim Jaffer impressed with the all-rounder

Former Indian cricketer, Wasim Jaffer spoke to ESPNCricinfo and shared his thoughts on Washington Sundar’s performance. He said that Sundar is the perfect all-rounder for India. The 23-year-old looks in good touch and needs to be groomed for the upcoming ODI World Cup in 2023.

“He’s the bright spot of this tour. He came back after the injury and put in a show. He batted beautifully in both ODIs, and he can bowl in the Powerplay as well. Sundar is very young, can mature and become a better cricketer,”

He further added that India lacks the likes of all-rounders. The team does not have a concrete sixth bowling option aside from a couple of guys. Jaffer even compared the situation to that of 2010. He said that in 2010, India had the luxury of multiple sixth bowling options. However, the condition is exactly the opposite now, and hence, India needs to address the issue. Players like Washington Sundar can be groomed for future.

“If you see the team in the 2010s and before, a lot of batters used to bowl. India had that luxury where Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Ganguly used to bowl. In this team, you don’t see a lot of batters do that. It is unfortunate when Jadeja and Pandya don’t play, India finds their sixth and seventh option missing. If the bowlers don’t perform, India find themselves wanting in that department. So, India do need to look at this going into the 2023 World Cup,”

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