Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Gujarat Titans (GT) aggressive batter Sai Sudharsan is currently in brilliant form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). He became the quickest Indian to reach 1000 runs in the cash-rich league, eclipsing Sachin Tendulkar and Ruturaj Gaikwad during the IPL 2024 match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday.

Southpaw Sudharsan reached the 1000-run mark in his 25th innings in the IPL. In the process, he surpassed the joint-Indian record held by the legendary Tendulkar and Gaikwad who had reached the feat in 31 innings apiece. While Sachin reached the mark in April 2010, CSK skipper Gaikwad completed 1000 runs in 2022 season.

Sudharsan achieved the milestone when he hit CSK pacer Simarjeet Singh for successive sixes in the 11th over and moved to 71 off 38 deliveries. The GT batter is joint-third in the list alongside Matthew Hayden, with only Shaun Marsh (21 innings) and Lendl Simmons (23) ahead of him.

Notably, the 22-year-old batsman made his international debut during India’s ODI series in South Africa, scoring 127 runs in three matches while becoming only the second Indian after Navjot Singh Sidhu to record two successive half-centuries from debut.