- Bowling mentor Ashish Nehra IPL 2018 has backed the struggling Washington Sundar RCB to come good for the franchise
- Ashish Nehra RCB believes that Washington Sundar IPL 2018 has the talent to be a match-winner for the franchise
- The young spinner has taken just 4 wicket in the tournament so far
The general consensus at and after the mega Indian Premier League (IPL) players auction in January was that Royal Challengers Bangalore, a team known to overflow with batting might, had finally assembled a bowling attack good enough to lead them to their maiden IPL title this season. Things however have failed to go as per plan with RCB sitting second from bottom in the points table, having won just 3 of their 10 games in the tournament so far. A particularly disappointing aspect about their plight in IPL 2018 has been their death bowling with skipper Virat Kohli unable to find a reliable option to carry out the job in the final 5 overs.
While Umesh Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have come good in patches, one bowler who has failed to live up to his reputation after coming out tops last year is Washington Sundar IPL 2018. Sundar was one of the standout performers for Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 2017 and was signed up for INR 3.20 crore by RCB. The youngster has featured in 7 matches for Virat Kohli’s side this season but has picked up just 4 wickets at an economy rate of 9.60, compared to 6.16 last year.
“Washington Sundar IPL 2018 has the talent to come good” – Ashish Nehra RCB
The franchise’s bowling mentor Ashish Nehra IPL 2018 has admitted that it has been a tough year for Washington Sundar RCB but also backed the young spinner to learn and turn things around quickly. Ashish Nehra RCB also stated that being an offspinner is not easy because batsmen are attacking them in today’s game.
“Washington Sundar IPL 2018 will come good. He is a very intelligent guy. He just needs one good game. In addition to small grounds and good bats, batsmen have also become smarter. People are clearing long-off and long-on with ease. Earlier, teams thought of making 50 runs in four overs. Now they want to get it in three,” Ashish Nehra RCB said.
Ashish Nehra IPL 2018 also believes that for him as a mentor, it is all about giving Washington Sundar RCB the confidence and the liberty to go and express himself. “He is a match-winner. He can also bat. He is just playing his second IPL. He is only 18. I know that boy can bowl – he did it last year, he has done it for India, he has bowled upfront and at the death, he has bowled under pressure. So it is not that he can’t do it. He can.
“It is not like he is bowling badly or too many loose deliveries. It is not like every second ball he bowls is a full toss or he is being cut easily. Batsmen are trying to take him on, and if one or two succeed, every team will try to do that. You can take the example of Sunil Narine. Against us, Narine went for 36; against Rajasthan Royals (who made 160), he gave 48 runs in four overs. Look at Rashid. Chris Gayle took him on because he knew if he played normally, he did not stand a chance. Rashid gave 54 in that match against Kings XI Punjab, and 49 in the very next match against Chennai Super Kings,” Ashish Nehra RCB told ESPNCricinfo.
“Not bowling Washinton Sundar RCB in powerplay as we have other options” – Ashish Nehra IPL 2018
Finally, Ashish Nehra RCB also shed light on why Washington Sundar RCB was not bowling in the powerplay this year, a job he excelled at in IPL 2017. The former India pacer stressed on the fact that you have to see your strengths and weaknesses before deciding on a bowling combination.
“Washington Sundar IPL 2018 is not bowling with the new ball ecause we have Umesh and Southee, who we want to bowl upfront. Secondly, batsmen are easily taking spinners on when the fielders are inside the circle. They like it. All the Indian guys – Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, Mandeep Singh – they wait for spinners. Unless the pitch is a rank turner, they are hitting at will against a spinner, especially right-handers against offspinners.
“Wristspinners are more successful only because they have more chances of picking up a wicket. That is why you have Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal playing and not Jadeja and Ashwin in ODIs for India now. Coming back to Washington, he bowled a lot of overs in the Powerplay last season because Rising Pune Supergiant did not have good enough fast bowling,” Ashish Nehra RCB signed off.