India didn't show any signs of pain during the run pursuit, not even once. Sai Sudharsan's calmness was the driving force behind that. He drove the squad home by maintaining the pace throughout the innings. Prior to Yash Dhull's late fireworks, Abhishek Sharma's strong start and Nikin Jose's fifty also played a crucial influence.
At the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sai Sudharsan played an incredible unbeaten knock of 104 runs that helped India defeat Pakistan by eight wickets. The opening batter received excellent support from Nikin Jose (53) and Abhishek Sharma (20), which made the 206-run chase for Men in Blue a piece of cake.
India easily chased the goal in 36.4 overs thanks to the cameo performance of captain Yash Dhull, who scored 21* not out.
Pakistan was dismissed for 205 in 48 overs by RS Hangargekar, who came back with the bowling statistics of 5-42. Qasim Akram, who chose to bat first for Pakistan, finished with a total of 48 runs as their top scorer.
Sai Sudharsan has seen his profile rise as he moves from one competition to another ever since his heroics in the IPL, where he made a stunning 96 for Gujarat Titans against Chennai Super Kings in the final.
Days after the IPL, he continued to play well, amassing 371 runs in the TNPL, where he hit four half-centuries in six games. After that, he played one match of red-ball cricket for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy.
After that, he produced a respectable performance in his first game for India-A in the ACC Emerging Cup in Sri Lanka, scoring 220 runs from five matches, including an undefeated century against Pakistan-A in the league phase.
The 21-year-old, playing for South Zone in the Deodhar Trophy on Sunday, reached a key half-century (53) and had a crucial 118-run stand with captain Mayank Agarwal that helped the side defeat East Zone and advance to the final.
Sai Sudharsan remarked, “It was surreal to have the India jersey with his name and number, but at the same time, I think there are many more things to do.”
The Tami Nadu batter was in the heart of things in the league game, leading the chase. India-Pakistan games are among the toughest matches at any level.
Whenever the intensity was really high even though there was no added pressure on Sai Sudharsan, he was always so worn out after the game. Regarding his best knock of the tour, he said that he was delighted he could assist the team win.
Despite finishing third in scoring, the teenager thought there were still some areas he needed to improve, such as his strategy when facing short-pitch bowlers.
Who is the father of Sai Sudharsan?
Sudharshan's father, R. Bharadwaj, was a national-level athlete who participated in the 1993 SAFF Games in Dhaka.
How old is Sai Sudarshan?
Sai Sudarshan was born on 15 October 2001, hence he is 22 years old.