Who is Sai Sudharsan?
After Vijay Shankar ruled out with a back spasm, Sai Sudharsan made his IPL debut for Gujarat Titans on Friday. The 20-year-old left-handed Tamil Nadu batter is profiled here.
In Lyca Kovai Kings’ journey to the Eliminator in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2021. Also he was the breakout hero, scoring 358 runs in eight innings at an average of 71.60 and a strike rate of 143.77. Sai Sudharsan played for the Chepauk Super Gillies in the TNPL before making his debut last year. Sudharsan fast-tracked into Tamil Nadu’s white-ball and Ranji Trophy sides after impressing in the TNPL 2021 with his strokeplay.
Sai Sudharsan Background
Sai Sudharsan comes from a solid athletic background. His father, Bharadwaj, is an athlete who has represented India at the South Asian (SAF) Games. While his mother, Usha Bharadwaj, is a volleyball player who has represented Tamil Nadu.
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Sai Sudharsan has a reputation in Chennai for being a prolific scorer in both age-group and league cricket. In the 2019-20 Under-19 Challenger Trophy, he rose through the ranks to open the batting for India A alongside Yashasvi Jaiswal. Tilak Varma, Ravi Bishnoi, and Priyam Garg were among the participants in that tournament.
Sai Sudharsan opened the season with 87 off 43 balls against a Salem Spartans attack that included G Periyaswamy, T Natarajan’s Chinnappampatti protégé, and M Ashwin, Tamil Nadu’s top legspinner. On debut, Sai Sudharsan was equally adept on both sides of the wicket, with high-elbowed drives and slog-sweeps reminiscent of his state senior Washington Sundar.
Sudarshan showed during the season that he could build an innings as well as hit out in the middle overs and at the end, which drew the attention of the Tamil Nadu selectors.
Sai Sudharsan Part-Time Leg-Spinner
He can bowl leg spin, but only when necessary. When M Ashwin was unavailable. Sudharsan came in with an over of legspin and grabbed a wicket against Bengal in the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Sai Sudarshan’s part-time leg-spin was frequently utilized at the nets during the domestic white-ball season to help Shahrukh practice against slower bowlers, according to Tamil Nadu’s assistant coach R Prasanna. Sudharsan will now face his TNPL captain Shahrukh, who is playing for Punjab Kings, in his IPL debut.
Sai Sudharsan at the Auction?
Gujarat Titans signed him for INR 20 lakh as his base price.