The young Indian all-rounder, Washington Sundar played a crucial role in India’s emphatic win over England in the fourth and final Test that helped the hosts win the four-match series 3-1. Sundar, who made a name for himself after scoring a gritty fifty on his debut in Australia, once again excelled with the bat in hand, scoring a brilliant 96 not out to help India take a decisive first-innings lead in the Ahmedabad Test.
However, the young left-hander was left stranded four short of his maiden Test ton after the hosts lost their final three wickets on the same score. At the time, former Indian opener, Wasim Jaffer had put out a meme from a scene from the movie ‘3 Idiots’, taking a dig at the trio of Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Siraj — the three players that were dismissed before Sundar could reach his maiden hundred.
Late on Monday, Washington Sundar responded to Jaffer’s tweet. He tweeted, “Thanks a lot bhaiya! 😅 Dad will definitely treat them with a lot of biryani and Halwa! “
Thanks a lot bhaiya! 😅 Dad will definitely treat them with a lot of biryani and Halwa! 😉
— Washington Sundar (@Sundarwashi5) March 8, 2021
It all started when Sundar, in his maiden Test innings in Brisbane against Australia, scored a match-winning knock of 62 to bail India out of a precarious situation. India managed to win the Gabba Test and clinch the series in Australia. However, Washington Sundar’s father had expressed his disappointment in his son missing out on a century.
Sundar’s 96* was crucial to India’s cause as the hosts won by an innings and 25 runs to book their place in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in June. India was reeling at 146/6 on Day 2 of the final Test, but a rampant Rishabh Pant and Sundar got together to notch a 113-run partnership and put India in the driver’s seat.
India was bowled out for 365 with Washington Sundar playing an unbeaten knock of 96 as India took a 160-run lead. Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel spun a web around the English batsmen in the second innings, both taking five-wicket hauls, as the visitors were packed off for 135.