Sai Sudharsan was recently adjudged man of the match in a high octane clash between the Gujarat Titans and the Delhi Capitals in the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League on April 4. Sudharsan, who has played his domestic cricket with Tamil Nadu, scored an unbeaten 62 off 48 deliveries to see the Titans to a comfortable four-wicket victory, The top order batter recorded four boundaries and a couple of maximums in the match. It was an exceptional performance by the 21-year-old who is only beginning to make his mark on Indian cricket. He undoubtedly has a long career ahead of him and if he levels up and reaches his true potential, he could be a huge star for the Indian cricket team in the future.
Recently, Sudharsan has been a part of a lot of first class matches with Tamil Nadu. Before the Indian Premier League 2023, the young batter was making strides with Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy. The TN squad is already one that is rife with big names like Narayan Jagadeesan, M Shahrukh Khan and Vijay Shankar. Despite being surrounded by such big-name players, the 21-year-old has carved a place for himself in the team and barely goes unnoticed. Let us look at some of his best performances in the recent past, including the ones in the IPL and the Ranji Trophy.
Unbeaten 62 for Gujarat Titans – IPL 2023
Replacing an injured Kane Williamson is never an easy task when you consider the shoes one has to fill. If you put that on the shoulders of a 21-year-old Indian youngster, one of two things will happen. He will either crumble under pressure, or make the most out of the opportunity and come out as a diamond. Sai Sudharsan definitely took a step towards the latter when he scored an unbeaten 62 off 48 deliveries to help Gujarat Titans beat Delhi Capitals in the 2023 edition of the IPL.
The innings was not one of excitement or drama or high octane action, but that’s the beauty of it. In today’s world, cricket has come to a place where fans expect slogs over sensibility, and that is how a lot of players shape their mentality when they come out to bat as well. However that was not the case with Sudharsan. The 21-year-old exhibited maturity well beyond his years to stabilize his team’s ship at a time things seemed to go going astray, and led them to an important victory.
113 against Andhra for Tamil Nadu – Ranji Trophy 2022
Sudharsan plays as an opening batter for Tamil Nadu. On December 20, 2022, TN and Andhra played a Ranji Trophy match that lasted three days and saw the opener score a brilliant and stable century to help his team reach the massive total of 345. Sudharsan’s innings was characterized by sensible shots, patience and maturity. This goes to show that the 21-year-old has learnt his cricket in a way that is quite rare these days. He scored 113 runs off 180 balls and hit four boundaries in the match. Tamil Nadu might have lost that match by only 8 runs, but Sudharsan’s innings was one to remember.
179 against Hyderabad for Tamil Nadu – Ranji Trophy 2022
The innings that got a lot of eyes on the young Tamil Nadu opener was his blinding knock against Hyderabad in a Ranji Trophy match which started on December 16, 2022. Sudharsan played 273 deliveries to score an incredible 179 runs which helped his team get to a score of 510-4. The 21-year-old hit 18 boundaries and one maximum in the match, finishing with a strike rate of 65.56. There was something else that made everyone take notice of the opener in the match, his performance in the second innings. Throughout this article, we have spoken about how sensible and patient a cricketer Sudharsan is. However, if a situation calls for him to be aggressive, will he be able to? The answer is yes. In the second innings of the same match, the opener showed his aggressive side as he scored 42 runs off just 20 deliveries, hitting five sixes and finishing with a strike rate of 210.
Sai Sudharsan last 10 matches (until GT vs DC on April 4, 2023)
|Gujarat Titans vs Delhi Capitals
|Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings
|Tamil Nadu vs Saurashtra
|45 & 37
|Tamil Nadu vs Assam
|Tamil Nadu vs Maharashtra
|Tamil Nadu vs Mumbai
|0 & 68
|Tamil Nadu vs Delhi
|25 & 24
|Tamil Nadu vs Andhra
|113 & 37
|Tamil Nadu vs Hyderabad
|179 & 42
|Tamil Nadu vs Saurashtra