After the World Cup, India is touring South Africa for a long tour. The tour contained three T20 matches, three ODI matches, and two test matches. The T20 series ended up being a draw. On December 17, India and South Africa locked horns in the first ODI in Johanessburg. Sai Sudharsan made his international debut in that match and played an amazing knock. After that knock, Dinesh Karthik praised the youngster for his excellent debut.
Sai Sudharsan’s Debut and India’s Amazing Win:
After ending the T20 series, India and South Africa started their ODI series. On December 17, India and South Africa met at the Wanderers Stadium. The first ODI of the series was played as the Pink ODI. In that match, Sai Sudharsan made his international debut for India. While opening that innings, Sudharsan played an unbeaten innings of 55 runs in 43 balls. He smashed 9 boundaries. This was a dream debut for the youngster.
India performed exceptionally well in the first ODI match. South Africa batted in the first innings. Indian bowlers performed exceptionally well. Arshdeep Singh got a five-wicket haul. Avesh Khan got 4 wickets. South Africa got out in 116 runs. That was an easy target. Ruturaj Gaikwad got out early. Sai Sudharsan and Shreyas Iyer secured India’s win. Shreyas Iyer played a knock of 52 runs in 45 balls with 6 boundaries and 1 over-boundaries. Sai Sudharsan remained unbeaten till the end and secured India’s 8-wicket win in the first ODI.
Dinesh Karthik’s Words:
After a sensational debut, Sai Sudharsan received praise from all the way. Indian player Dinesh Karthik is one of them. He is highly impressed by the youngster. He disclosed Sudharsan’s daily routine including yoga and suryanamaskar.
He said, “He is a very sorted kid. He was there with me in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy. He got a hundred in the first game against Goa on a tough pitch and batter beautifully. The skills are there to see. But for me, what stands out from that boy, is how hard he works. He has such a tough routine; it is not even funny. He wakes up in the morning and does yoga, comes to the ground, does a warmup, and then again does suryanamaskar, and then goes out to bat.”
Later he added, “In between that, if you have decided to field first, you should see the amount of effort he puts in in just the warmups. He is a boy who needs ounces of energy because he has so much effort to give in for every game, and that literally shines through in his career so far.”