Having followed a shoulder injury sustained during a 50-over game for Lancashire, Indian all-rounder Washington Sundar might well miss the three-match One-Day International series against Zimbabwe, which commences this week. The series kicks off on August 18, with KL Rahul made captain. Despite being named to the squad, Sundar will not be participating in the series.
Several of the key players have indeed been rested this time, and Rahul will be in charge of leading a young team, as Shikhar Dhawan did against West Indies.
“Yes, Washington Sundar is ruled out of the Zimbabwe series. He has suffered an injury on his left shoulder while fielding during the Royal London Cup game between Lancashire and Worcestershire at Old Trafford. He will have to undergo rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy,” a BCCI official was quoted.
Sundar’s return to world cricket has been hampered by a slew of injuries, as well as covid-19 comorbidities. His first injury occurred in July 2021, when he ruptured a finger during a pre-season game in England. He procured Covid-19 well before the white-ball series against South Africa in January 2022, after missing the entire home season due to that injury. A hamstring strain forced him to skip the home series against Sri Lanka and the West Indies a couple of months later. Even during IPL in April and May, he segmented his webbing and missed five games for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Following intensive treatment, the BCCI assisted him in securing a county agreement with Lancashire, where he also asserted his first five-wicket haul in county cricket in a day’s play for the Roses. The 22-year-old has played 31 T20Is, four Tests, and then the same number of ODIs so far.
“You feel for Washi. Such a talented guy. Somehow or the other, the rub of the green isn’t going his way. He needs some luck. The latest injury is a freak one as he was just about to play for India in a week,” the official added.
And Shahbaz Ahmed replaces the injured Washington Sundar for the Zimbabwe series.
UPDATE – Shahbaz Ahmed replaces injured Washington Sundar for Zimbabwe series.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 16, 2022
Sundar last represented India in February of last year. He has managed to play 4 Tests, 4 ODIs, and 31 T20Is this far, and is regarded as one of Indian cricket’s upcoming big things. However, it appears that injuries and health issues have been piling up on him since July 2021.