Former Indian cricketer WV Raman believes that the Indian team have always had a potentially brilliant all-rounder in Washington Sundar, but they have failed to make full use of his batting and bowling abilities as well. However, Sundar was a part of the Indian team that played the Asia Cup final. However, Ravichandran Ashwin played in the ODI series against Australia. Raman feels Sundar is not trusted enough and that needs to change as he is a good all-rounder.
Speaking to TOI during the Asian Games 2023, WV Raman said: “We’ve been talking about lack of all-rounders, but here we have a very good potential all-rounder in Washington Sundar. Unfortunately, what has happened is, despite the fact that he’s proved his batting credentials, time and again in all formats, in the limited opportunities he got, he is not being encouraged. We have to try and utilize the resources we have to our best. It’s only then we are going to get what we need, come the tough situations.”
While India will go in as favorites to win the Asian Games to win gold in men’s cricket also, WV Raman has warned them not to take lightly the teams like Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and others as they could pose a trouble.
“We saw quality cricketers playing in that Emerging Asia Cup as well, even though the other countries resorted to sending a few cricketers who already played for their senior side in that tournament. Bangladesh, Afghanistan, all these countries have a lot of talent in their ranks. So if our guys, I mean the Indian side, becomes a little bit complacent, they’ll pay a huge price,” he concluded.