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Washington Sundar becomes the 1st Indian bowler to dismiss Steve Smith for his 1st Test wicket

By Bet Barter

January 17, 2021

Indian bowler Washington Sundar played his Maiden Test in Brisbane. Sundar took no time to settle and made an immediate impact on the field. The off-spinner bowled 3 overs without conceding a single run in each one of them. Prior to that, Sundar did something more terrific. He picked the wicket of Australia’s danger man Steve Smith in his 4th over. Sundar bowled to Smith on the pads, forcing him to play on the leg side. Unfortunately for Smith, Rohit Sharma was at the leg side and pounced upon the opportunity.

With Smith’s dismissal, Washington Sundar is now the only Indian bowler to pick Steve Smith’s wicket on his red-ball cricket debut. Almost everyone understands that Steve Smith is arguably one of the best batsmen considering the modern era. Just recently, the Australian cricketer won the ICC Test cricketer of the decade award. This clearly highlights his contribution in the longest format of the game. Hence, picking up Steve Smith’s wicket is a feat in itself. Sundar ended the 1st day of the 4th Test with figures of 1/63 in 22 overs. It is needless to say that the Indian fans were quite impressed with the bowler.

Washington Sundar is not the only bowler to dismiss Steve Smith for his 1st Test wicket

While Washington Sundar is the first Indian to achieve this feat, he is not the first player to do so. Apparently, 4 players have achieved this remarkable feat before the Indian bowler did. South African bowler Keshav Maharaj sent Smith back to the pavilion after facing just 4 balls. Pakistan’s leg spinner Yasir Shah is also one who has managed to accomplish this feat.

The last two players are both from England. They are Tom Curran and Craig Overton respectively. Hence, Sundar is the 5th bowler to achieve this milestone. Sundar will be booming in confidence after a solid start to his Test career. A lot is expected from the off-spinner in the coming times. If he continues to deliver for the team, he might soon see himself starting regularly for the Men in Blue.

Both the teams are desperate to win the final test of the 2020 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. As the Test series reaches its climax, it will be interesting to see who gets the best of the other. May the best team go on to win the series!

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