Team India suffered a 1–0 defeat in the three match ODI series against New Zealand after the third and final match was abandoned due to rain in Christchurch. It was a poor batting for India in the match as the team were folded on 218 and the hosts looked poised for a convincing win as rain interrupted the game with New Zealand at 104/1 in 18 overs. Kane Williamson’s side had recorded a seven-wicket win in the first ODI, which remained the only completed match in the series.
However, despite the Indian team’s poor showing, Washington Sundar’s comeback was a rare positive for the tour side. The young all-rounder made significant contributions in India’s at bats in the first and third ODI, scoring 37* and 51 respectively.
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Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer believes Sundar needs to be groomed for the 2023 World Cup as India lack all-round options in their squad. Sundar was named in the Indian team after Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out with an injury.
“He is the bright spot of this tour. He came back after the injury and put on a show. He batted beautifully in both ODIs and he can also bowl in the Powerplay. He is very young, he can grow up and be a better cricketer,” Jaffer continued ESPNCricinfo.
“If you see the team in the 2010s and before, there were a lot of batters bowling. India had that luxury where Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvraj and Ganguly used to bowl. You don’t see many batters do that in this team. It’s a pity if Jadeja and Pandya don’t play, India find their sixth and seventh options missing. If the bowlers fail to deliver, India falls short in that department. So India needs to look at this for the 2023 World Cup,” Jaffer continued.
Hardik Pandya was rested for the ODI series against New Zealand and will be absent from the upcoming three-match series against Bangladesh. Sundar, meanwhile, has kept his place in the squad.