Sachin Dhas played one of the best knocks in the history of ICC tournaments and helped India qualify for the final of the U-19 World Cup 2024. The rising star of Indian cricket scored 96 runs off 95 balls under pressure on Tuesday, ensuring for the Boys in Blue to successfully reach the target of 245 runs against South Africa U-19.
India Under-19 fell to 32/4 with 11.2 overs in a 245-run chase. It looked like the Boys in Blue would fail to qualify for the showpiece clash but Sachin Dhas’ fantastic knock of 96 runs guided the team home. Batting at number seven, Dhas hit 11 fours and a six. He fell four runs short of a well-deserved hundred, but his 171-run fifth-wicket stand with Uday Saharan set up India’s victory.
Now that Sachin Dhas has become a popular name in cricket circles, here’s a look at five important things fans need to know about the Indian under-19 star.
#1 Sachin Dhas is named after Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is considered by many to be the greatest cricketer of all time. He inspired a generation of players with his fantastic batting performances for Team India.
Dhas’ father Sanjay was a big fan of Tendulkar during his playing days. Therefore, Sanjay decided to name his son Sachin. Interestingly, even Sachin Dhas wears the number 10 jersey, and he also held his own against his opponents in a crucial World Cup semi-final, just like Tendulkar did in the 2011 World Cup against Pakistan with his 85-run knock.
#2 Sachin Dhas comes from a small town with limited cricket infrastructure
Like many cricketers, Dhas did not have the best facilities at his disposal while growing up. He hails from a small town in Maharashtra called Beed. According to Zee News, Dhas did not have full cricket fields to train on.
The young man had to practice on half a grass, but he did not give up. His passion for the sport helped him become an Indian under-19 player.
#3 Sachin Dhas’ mother is a police officer
Sachin’s parents played an important role in his success. Her father tried to ensure that Sachin always focused on cricket, while her mother juggled shifts as a police officer and also looked after her son.
All the efforts seem to have paid off as Sachin scored a magnificent goal for the nation in the semi-final of the U19 World Cup. His goal will be to make his parents proud by winning the trophy now.
#4 How Sanjay Dhas and Coach Sheikh Azhar Helped Sachin Face the Gorillas
The conditions in South Africa help the pacemakers. While Sachin knew the basics of playing against pace bowlers, he often found it difficult to face bouncers.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Sachin’s father Sanjay revealed how he and coach Sheikh Azhar helped his son improve, saying:
“Azhar bhai used to put a three feet long and four feet wide iron plate in the good length area. We used to do knockdowns. The ball used to climb over him. He struggled for some time but perfected his game as he went by time.”
#5 Sachin Dhas was frustrated when he did not get enough opportunities to bat.
Usually, Dha bats at number four, but due to the team combination, he has to bat at number seven for India Under-19. He didn’t face too many deliveries in the U-19 World Cup until the match against Nepal, where he scored a ton.
His coach Azhar told the Indian Express that Sachin was a little frustrated when he did not get enough deliveries to face. However, after the match against Nepal, he gained confidence and ended up delivering another big blow in the semi-final.