Washington Sundar is all set to make his Test debut when the sequence decider will get underway on the Gabba on Friday.
Both India and Australia are locked 1-1 in what has been a dramatic sequence of fortune swings to this point. India, although, has been hit by a spate of accidents. R. Ashwin, throughout his heroic match-saving knock in Sydney, grappled with a sore again which makes him a uncertain starter in what’s a back-to-back Test on the Gabba.
And then, the in-form Ravindra Jadeja is already out of the Test with a dislocated finger.
Successful story in Twenty20 cricket for India to this point, the lanky Washington has a good report in top notch cricket with 532 runs and 30 wickets in 12 matches. His highest rating of 159 got here on the prime of the order for Tamil Nadu and he’s used to bowling lengthy spells for Tamil Nadu together with his off-spin within the absence of R. Ashwin.
The 21-year-old Washington stayed again with the Indian workforce as a web bowler in Australia following the restricted over sequence. His work ethics, capacity, and a spate of accidents within the Indian camp has opened the trail for him in Test cricket.
Washington may present the steadiness to the line-up within the absence of Jadeja. He may bat usefully – he has this languid left-handed class about him – and bowl together with his off-spinners with management.
If Ashwin is unfit and misses out, Washington will are available in for him. Or if the think-tank performs Ashwin, given the importance of the event, Washington can be a canopy for the senior all-rounder within the eleven.
Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav is an attacking choice however taking part in Kuldeep for Jadeja will weaken the batting and make the tail very lengthy. So the spin mixture may very well be Ashwin and Washington, or, if the previous will not be match, Washington and Kuldeep.
The Gabba is among the many most vigorous surfaces in Australia and India must choose both Shardul Thakur or T. Natarajan for the injured Jasprit Bumrah if the think-tank decides in opposition to risking the tempo ace.
Shardul has better expertise however Natarajan supplies the tempo assault with a further dimension – the left-armer’s angle. Otherwise there can be a right-handed sameness concerning the tempo Indian assault. This a lot is, nonetheless, clear. Washington is poised to make his Test debut.