IND vs NZ Test Series: Washington Sundar makes surprise entry in Indian team camp in Mumbai, is he ready for comeback?

India tour of South Africa: Washington Sundar makes surprise visit to Team India camp in Mumbai, trains with Test squad - Check details
India tour of South Africa: Washington Sundar makes surprise visit to Team India camp in Mumbai, trains with Test squad - Check details

IND vs NZ Test Series – Washington Sundar back in training: It’s been four months since Royal Challengers Bangalore & India spinner Washington Sundar has been out of cricket due to freak finger injury. But on Tuesday he made a surprise entry to the cricket field. He was seen training with the India’s India’s Red-ball squad for New Zealand and South Africa A tour at BKC in Mumbai: Follow IND vs NZ LIVE Updates on InsideSport.in.

IND vs NZ Test Series: Washington Sundar makes surprise entry in Indian team camp in Mumbai, is he ready for comeback?

Washington Sundar back in training? Sundar according to the sources is yet to fully recover from his finger injury which he sustained in July this year during a practice game against Select County XI. Since then, he has missed out on the IPL 2021 Phase 2 and was out of the reckoning for the T20 World Cup. He has also missed the bus for the New Zealand series and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy due to the injury.

India tour of South Africa: Washington Sundar makes surprise visit to Team India camp in Mumbai – Check details

A deft touch from Washington Sundar, India vs England, 1st Test, Chennai, 4th day, February 8, 2021

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“The selectors are hoping that he’d be fit for the first Test in South Africa, which kicks off on December 17 in Johannesburg. He’s a crucial cog in the wheel, especially as he bats so well and adds strength to the lower order. The team missed him badly in the T20 World Cup,” a BCCI source told TOI.

India tour of South Africa: Why is Washington Sundar crucial for South Africa tour?

  • Washington Sundar played a crucial role in India’s Test series win in Australia
  • Washington Sundar can contribute with both bat and ball
  • Washington has represented India in 4 test matches scoring 265 runs at an average of 66.25 and has taken 6 wickets at an average of 49.83
  • Washington Sundar has also played 31 T20Is and 1 ODI for India

Washington Sundar sends one down, India vs England, 1st Test, Chennai, 2nd day, February 6, 2021

India tour of South Africa: Washington Sundar makes surprise visit to Team India camp in Mumbai – Check details

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While he didn’t bat or bowl, he took some throwdowns to continue his rehabilitation. He was training and rehabilitating at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru but is yet to regain full fitness. In Mumbai, he is training alongside Test specialists Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma and Hanuma Vihari.

With Washington Sundar out of action, Team India named off-spinner Jayant Yadav for the Test squad for the New Zealand series. India A will leave for South Africa for three four-day matches. It will also see the return of Prithvi Shaw, Navdeep Saini and Hanuma Vihari.

As for Washington Sundar, he has featured in 4 Tests for India so far. He played a crucial role in the historic Brisbane Test, helping India win the Test series 2-1. This camp comes as a great opportunity for Sundar to claw his way back into the Indian Test team.

India tour of South Africa: Washington Sundar makes surprise visit to Team India camp in Mumbai – Check details