October 3, 2022
Washington Sundar fit again, T Natarajan to return to action with Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

All-rounder Washington Sundar, who has a history of recent injuries, is set to return to action for Tamil Nadu in the upcoming 20-over Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Washington has been appointed as the vice-captain, with Baba Aparajith as the captain in place of Vijay Shankar.
Vijay is yet to recover from shoulder surgery after playing in the IPL with Gujarat Titans. However, T Natarajan, who has been battling a knee injury since his memorable tour of Australia in 2020-21, is set to return to action and lead Tamil Nadu’s attack to defend their T20 title. Natarajan hasn’t played a single competitive game since IPL 2022. Natarajan and Vijay were also dropped from the Tamil Nadu Premier League.
Washington is working his way back after taking a heavy toll on his left shoulder during his county stint with Lancashire in August. The injury forced him to pull out of India’s ODI series in Zimbabwe. This is only the latest in a long sequence of injury blows for the 22-year-old all-rounder.
He played just three Royal London Cup matches for Lancashire, scoring 30 runs in two innings and taking three wickets. Earlier, he also played two County Championship matches, winning the first innings of 5 for 76 over Northamptonshire and scoring 34* in a successful chase of 278.
Around the time Washington was returning to India for rehab in August, Lancashire tweeted He will “fly to India for treatment on his injured left shoulder for a potentially returning all-rounder to play in the #LVCountyChamp in September”.

ESPNcricinfo has now learned that Washington is unlikely to return to the UK for the final round of the County Championship.

In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he will be part of a powerful Tamil Nadu spin attack that includes mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy, legspinner M Ashwin and left-arm finger spinners M Siddhartha and R Sai Kishore. Siddharth was recently with India’s T20I team as a net bowler for the Asia Cup.

In his maiden TNPL season with the Nellai Royal Kings, Ajitesh – moved from Bengaluru – was slotted as a finisher and sent 14 off 53 balls over the boundary. However, there was no room for Aparajith’s twin brother B Inderjit, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2022, and M Mohammad, who was a net bowler with Punjab Kings during the same season.

shaft: B Aparajith (Captain), Washington Sundar (Vice-Captain), B Sai Sudarshan, T Natarajan, M Shah Rukh Khan, R Sai Kishore, R Sanjay Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, M Siddhartha, Varun Chakraborty, J Suresh Kumar, C Hari Nishant , N Jagadeesan, R Silambarasan, M Ashwin, G Ajitesh

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