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Sai Sudharsan, bought by Gujarat Titans for INR 20 lakh, impresses on his ODI debut – Magazine Creations

Sai Sudharsan was acquired by Gujarat Titans for his base price of Rs 20 lakh. Southpaw Sai Sudharsan burst onto the scene in the domestic T20 league in Chennai with his indifferent knock amassing 358 runs in eight matches at a healthy strike rate of 143.8. Sai Sudharsan is a member of Tamil Nadu’s senior team across formats now and has been so impressive indeed that he has been invited for selection by as many as six IPL franchises.

B Sai Sudharshan (55 not out off 43 balls) showed during his stay at the wicket why he is rated so highly. He made the chase look like a cakewalk. Sai reached his maiden ODI fifty in 41 balls with eight fours.

The southpaw looked neat and straight while driving up and looked strong off the back foot while pulling the short ball. Against the spinners, he took a big step forward, which is the hallmark of a good bowler. The drive off Tabriz Shamsi was a feast for the eyes.

One of the most exciting prospects in Indian cricket, Sudharsan received his first India cap from stand-in skipper KL Rahul ahead of the traditional draw for the first ODI between India and South Africa at the New Wanderers Stadium. “We are looking forward to a cracker game. There were fluctuations and it was a try, we will try to put pressure on them. Sai Sudharsen made his debut today. There are a few names who have played a lot of IPL cricket,” Rahul said after South Africa won the toss and chose to bat in the opener. For the ODI series: “Ruturaj has performed well, Tilak looks sensational and Sanju is always sensational.”

Sai had coached Shreyas Iyer (52 off 45 balls) for the company, who looked in good touch, which augurs well for India, ahead of the upcoming Test series.

The decisive moment of the match was the second over of the match when Arshdeep clipped the back-to-back wickets of Risa Hendricks and Rassie van der Dusen.

Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL)

Sudharsan gained fame through his performances in the state’s franchise-based T20 league. Sudharsen’s name started to make waves with the 2021 edition of the tournament, where he scored 358 runs in eight matches at an average of 71.60, with five fifties and a strike rate of over 143. He finished as the second highest run-getter. For the kings of Lika Kovai.

Over the next two seasons, he went on to score 336 runs in 10 matches at an average of 48.00, with four fifties in 2022 and 371 runs in six matches at an average of 74.20 and a strike rate of over 172, with four fifties in 2022. 2023 season. Fourth-highest in 2022 and second-highest run creator in the 2023 season.

Indian Premier League (IPL)

Success in the TNPL caught the attention of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises and it was not long before he earned a worthy contract $20 lakh with Gujarat Titans. The doors to the biggest T20 league in the world have been opened for the South. In his maiden IPL season, he scored 145 runs in five matches at an average of 36.25 and a strike rate of over 127, with one half-century.

The young batsman gave better returns to his franchise in the 2023 season, playing the role of the perfect anchor for the hitters around him. He scored 362 runs in eight matches at an average of 51.71, with a strike rate of over 141. He scored three half-centuries, including an explosive 96 off 47 balls (eight fours and six sixes) against Chennai Super Kings in the final. However, as it turned out, the run was in vain.

Domestic Cricket for Tamil Nadu, South Zone

In his maiden first-class season for TN in the 2022-23 Ranji Trophy, he scored 572 runs in seven matches at an average of 47.66, with two centuries and two fifties in 12 innings. His best score was 179.

Call India A

In July this year, Sudarsan received his maiden call-up to the India A squad for the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Emerging Teams Asia Cup. In the tournament, he smashed a century against Pakistan and finished as the fourth highest run-scorer with 220 runs at an average of 73.33, with a century and two fifties. His best score was 104*.

County assignment with Surrey

Sudharsan got his first taste of testing English conditions through a spell in the county with Surrey, making three appearances in the County Championship. In three innings, he scored 116 runs, including knocks of 73 and 40 against Hampshire in a low-scoring match. He has come away with some good results, a Division One Championship title with Surrey and, most importantly, some game time in English conditions.

Sai was prolific in first-class cricket, scoring 843 runs in 12 matches at an average of 42.15, with two tons and three fifties in 20 innings.

In List A cricket, Sai has 1,354 runs in 26 matches at an average of 63.04, with six centuries and five fifties. His best List A score is 154.

In T20Is, he has compiled 976 runs at an average of 37.53 and a strike rate of over 125, scoring six fifties. His best score in the shortest format is 96.

*With agency input

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Published: 17 December 2023 08:27 PM IST

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