Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Young left-hander and Tamil Nadu cricketer Sai Sudharsan has been included in the Indian team for the three-match ODI series against South Africa.

Meanwhile, veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is excited for the maiden call-up of the talented cricketer from his state. Ashwin is hopeful that the young southpaw will be able to make the most of his maiden India call-up.

Following some brilliant performances at the domestic cricket, cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), and for India A, Sudharsan is now a part of the Indian squad led by senior wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul. 

Ashwin feels that the youngster has it in him what it takes to bat anywhere in the top order and become a reliable player for the Men in Blue.

“Performing for the national team from the state side needs a step up and I believe Sudharsan has it in him. It is not easy to do that since you play in different conditions in international cricket against different bowling attacks. Sudharsan can become the next Indian player from Tamil Nadu and become a fulcrum in the XI,” said Ashwin on his official YouTube channel.

“Sudharsan is travelling to South Africa with the ODI team and there is a great chance that he could open with Ruturaj Gaikwad. Even if Rajat Patidar opens with Gaikwad, Sudharsan can bat at No. 3.

Remember, India are looking at a left-hander to bat in the top four. He is a brilliant player of spin and has that fight in him,” Ashwin added.

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