Ravi Shastri, along with Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev were both ‘Go to Man’ with their all-round abilities during the 80s and the India head coach strongly believes that the young Washington Sundar is a similar figure in the current Test team Can play the role. The left-handed specialist batsman, who also meant off-break, scored three half-centuries in his four Tests with six wickets, including the prized possession of Steve Smith and Joe Root. “I think Washery has far more natural abilities than me,” said the 80-Test veteran, who had 4000 runs and more than 150 wickets.
“He has the ability and he is at this level and he can move a lot. If he can concentrate on his bowling (in Tests), India can have a very good number six for overseas conditions,” he said. is.
“Someone who can get you in the 50s, 60s and 70s and then bowl 20 overs for you and take 2-3 wickets. That was my role overseas (during the 1980s) And I think he can perform that role easily. ” “The head coach said during a virtual press meet on Sunday.
Shastri suggested that Washington should start batting in the top four for Tamil Nadu. “Of course, they should bat in the top four for their state. There is no question about that. I would like to have a word with the Tamil Nadu selectors or DK (captain Dinesh Karthik) for that matter. I think. That they should bat. In the top four, “Shastri said.
Washington’s 96-run innings for Shastri, coming in at 153 for 6, was a better effort than his 85 in Chennai. He said, “Washington beautiful, this is untrue. Facing some of the toughest bowlers in the world. I would say this innings was much better because the WTC was in the line.”
Shastri feels that he can establish more ties with Washington and Rishabh Pant as he tasted foreign success as a young player.
“At the age of 21, 22 or 23, I had a similar success, so I can relate to it because I have scored hundreds of foreign runs. What you can never get out is the enthusiasm of the youth. It is only then Happens when the goods come in a known quantity and this is life. Begins. “
For Shastri, it could not have been more satisfying than finding out that Pant has understood the value in this set-up with his match-winning abilities. “Rishabh Pant, he came after the IPL with a lot of baggage and showed in his size and he had to lose (the weight) that he did. He worked his back. I can tell you that he has Have trained hard. Shastri said, “And the results are not just to see him, but to see the world.”
Shastri said, “A great match winner plays more than his ability and there is no greater vision than that. There are not many people who will be able to do this for a lifetime.”
He was also happy for Axar Patel, who had lost years in international cricket due to injuries and saw others leap into the Pekingese order. “Axar Patel is a seasoned campaigner, I would not call him a youngster. He has been in the Indian team for years, very ignorant of injuries, other players have got opportunities due to his injuries, including players like Jadeja, Krunal Pandya. , “Shastri had sympathy for the man who took 27 wickets in his first series.
“…. because he is injured, now he was injury free and he made the most of it. Try to think of playing in India without Jadeja, one of the best all-rounders in the world There is one. He (Jadeja) did t play and someone else (Axar) did it.
“When the three (Ash, Jaddu, Exer) play together, it will be something fun,” the coaches could not hide their excitement.
India now has around 25 to 30 good Test players and the bio-bubble owes that the bench strength was also tested in adverse conditions.
“Due to the bio-bubble, we have to move forward with a team of 25-30 players. As a result you have to dig deep and find your best 30 players. As luck would have it, we have no choice but to play every 30. Was. ” from them. And you came to know who is good and who is not good. “
Shastri said that he would not have believed if someone had told him six months ago that Thangarasu Natarajan and Washington Sundar would make their test debut.
“It is a good headache and something that is working well. You would never have thought about the number of players who have played for India in the last six months. Would you have thought that Natarajan and Washington played in the Test Must have played the match? No way? “
“These are things you would not have imagined, but this is how things become.”
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