Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra feels Washington Sundar will fetch big money at the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) mega auction. Chopra expressed his astonishment at the fact that he isn’t being talked about as a possible option for India’s traveling contingent to South Africa
Sundar was a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore from the 2018 season of the cash-rich league and has been a consistent performer for the Virat Kohli-led franchise. However, he missed out on the UAE leg of the 2021 IPL due to an injury suffered during India’s tour to England earlier in the year.
The ex-Indian opener was surprised that Sundar’s name was not in the reckoning for the Indian test team for the upcoming series in South Africa. Chopra said in a video on his Youtube table, “It’s an interesting name I am going to talk about – Washington Sundar. He has not come up for discussion, no one has spoken about him. Selectors have also picked Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar is injured but no one has talked about Washington Sundar.”
The cricketer-turned-commentator stressed on his contributions to India’s historic victory against Australia at the Gabba earlier this year.
“India won at the Gabba ground because Rishabh Pant had played, but also because Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar had scored a lot of runs in the first innings and Washington Sundar had taken wickets as well,” said Chopra.
He added, “After that, he played the Test matches against England in India and there also he scored runs and then you are going to South Africa, conditions where you might need a restrictive bowler and a little more depth in batting, could he not have been in the team if both Axar and Jadeja are injured. His name did not come at all and I am surprised.”
Chopra continued to lavish praise on the all-rounder ability and claimed that he is a player who will surely earn big money in the 2022 IPL mega auction.
“He used to be with RCB but the team has not retained him. He has taken 12 wickets at an economy of 4.40. The team has done well, he has done extremely well. Washington Sundar will be sold at a huge price, that’s what I believe because he is already a four-over bank in T20 cricket,” said the former Indian opening batsman.
Sundar returned to the action after a long absence due to injury in the ongoing Vijay Hazare trophy. While he was not retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, he is expected to be one of the most sought-after players at the auction.
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