Washington Sundar marks Lancashire debut with four wickets

Team India All-rounder Washington Sundar claimed four wickets in his Lancashire debut, playing against Northamptonshire in the County Championship.

Sundar ended Northamptonshire innings with figures of 5/76 within 22 overs. He went on to take four wickets to reduce Northamptonshire to 218 for seven by the end of the play. He first took out Will Young and went on to dismiss Rob Keogh, Ryan Rickelton, and Tom Taylor.

Young was caught behind as he tried to intercept Sundar’s delivery. This resulted in the Northamptonshire opener falling for two runs.

After Young, Sundar proceeded to trap Rickelton for 22. Keogh was next, being dismissed when he tried to drive the off-spinner through the off-side. Sundar then trapped Taylor with a leg-before-wicket.

Joining Lancashire

Before joining Lancashire and playing in the County Championship, Sundar had to recover from a hand injury he sustained during the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL). At the time, he was playing his first season with the Sunrisers Hyderabad. As a result of the injury, he was not picked for India’s five-match T20 International series against South Africa. Sundar has represented India in all three international formats and made more than 50 appearances in the IPL.

He eventually joined the Lancashire County team as the sixth cricketer from India. Before him, Farokh Engineer was the first one to join the team in 1968.

So far, Sundar has played for India in four Tests, the same amount of One Day Internationals, and 31 T20 Internationals, despite having been in and out of the national team multiple times due to injuries and health issues.

Earlier, Sundar said it would be a great experience for him to play for Lancashire.

“I would like to thank both Lancashire Cricket and the BCCI for allowing this opportunity happen, and I’m looking forward to joining up with the squad next month," he said in June.

Sundar said he used to play as Lancashire in video games.

"I remember playing with my Playstation and choosing Lancashire against most of the domestic teams here. It is great to be here and playing for Lancashire," he said.

"It has got some exciting talents and some experienced players. I am looking forward to sharing the dressing room with them and to sharing of knowledge about how cricket is played here,” Sundar added.

He also said that he liked to play as Andrew Flintoff.

"I used to be Andrew Flintoff because he would give me four overs of solid pace and swing, and obviously he could come down at six or seven and tonk some huge sixes,” he said.

Sundar also talked about James Anderson, saying he was looking forward to meeting him. Both Flintoff and Anderson are well known in Lancashire for their illustrious career.

"Obviously, James Anderson is a legend, he can swing the ball both ways. Looking forward to seeing him here, seeing him bowl and how he goes about his things," Sundar added.

Sundar earlier said he was excited to test his skills in county cricket for the first time and looking forward to playing at the spin-friendly Emirates Old Trafford.

“Experience of playing in the English conditions is something I am really looking forward to. Playing with cricketers who I have never met in my life. It will give me a whole lot of new experience and sort of pushes me to get out of my comfort zone, which I am excited about,” Sundar said.

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