IPL 2024: Sudharsan is a bight prospect, feels Graeme Smith

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | May 11, 2024 IST

B Sai Sudharsan

New Delhi, May 11: He too scaled great heights at a young age. He was a left-handed dashing opener as well. He retired as a cricket icon and then even served the game in different roles.

 Though it is bit unfair to compare a legend like former South African captain Graeme Smith with Indian youngster B Sai Sudarshan, but there are interestingly a few similarities in their batting.

Impressed with Sudarshan's stellar performance in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, Smith suggested that the low profile cricketer definitely needs more attention and deserves to be talked about a more as well. 

After Sudarshan slammed his maiden IPL century alongside fellow centurion Shubman Gill in the side’s 35-run win over Chennai Super Kings, Smith said the left-handed batter needs to be talked about a bit more in the cricketing circles.

At the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday night, Sudarshan, opening the batting after veteran wicketkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha was ruled out due to a niggle, slammed five fours and seven sixes at a strike-rate of 201.96 to make a fantastic 103, his maiden IPL century.

He also shared a 210-run opening partnership with Gill, and equalled the record for the highest IPL opening stand held by Quinton de Kock and K.L. Rahul, who added exactly 210 runs for the first wicket against Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2022. Sudarshan is now the fourth-highest IPL 2024 run-getter with 527 runs in 12 matches, averaging 47.91.

"I thought Mathew Wade would open the innings and Sudharsan would stay at three, but it turned out to be a fantastic move. The partnership was excellent, Lefthand - Right-hand combination, they ran between the wickets well; they picked their targets, and their matchups were just outstanding.”

‘Sudharsan is so under the radar, he is the leading run-scorer for GT this season, the fastest Indian to a thousand IPL runs with a difference of six innings, and a brilliant, brilliant hundred by him. He needs to start being spoken about a bit more," said Smith on JioCinema.

He also lauded Gill, who hit nine fours and six sixes at a strike-rate of 189.09 to hit 104, his fourth IPL hundred in Ahmedabad. "He is not having the best of seasons, but he really showed his best here. He picked up straight away, there was a totally different attitude with the bat.”

“You could get a sense of his intent when he went down the wicket and hit Santner for a four down the ground in the very first over. This is the Shubman Gill we want to see day in and day out. Ultimately, for the competition, this is a hell of a win for GT because it really does bunch everybody now and there are a lot of teams at 12 points now.”

Similar views on Gill were echoed by RP Singh, the former India left-arm fast-bowler. “Shubman Gill changed his game. Everyone was discussing that his strike rate was not good in this season, but both the openers played explosive cricket, especially Gill.”

“(He) started well, used his bottom hand more and played all around the ground. He assessed the conditions well, batted with momentum, and did not give any chances to Chennai Super Kings. He batted very cleanly and took his team home," he concluded.

Sudarshan has showed enough promise. He has immense talents, skills  and courage. Smith is right, Sudharsan needs to be monitored regularly and groomed better as a long-term future prospect for Team India. (With IANS support)

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  • Indian Premier League (IPL)
  • B Sai Sudharsan
  • Graeme Smith
  • IPL 2024

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