Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Though Team India was outplayed by hosts South Africa in the second ODI on Tuesday, left-handed opener Sai Sudharsan impressed again with the bat with a brilliant knock of 62 off 83 balls to cement his place for the series decider.

With his impressive batting in the ongoing ODI series against the Proteas, Sudharsan has attracted former India captain and batting legend Sunil Gavaskar’s attention.

Reflecting on his crucial knock for Team India in the 2nd ODI, the Little Master admitted that he was mighty impressed with the temperament and talent of Sudharsan in his debut ODI series against the Proteas.

“Yes, Sudharsan looks very, very good. A very compact player plays close to his body, and has got a good very still head. So balance is very good when he is playing. And, of course, when he plays drives like that. Left-handers can be so elegant when they play, they can play the pull shot as well. But basically, his temperament and talent are very, very nice,” said Gavaskar during an interaction.

However, the legendary batter said that the young left-hander should not to be satisfied with 50s and 60s and get a big one in the decider.

“Now it’s a matter of them sort of carrying on from here and not being satisfied and I’m sure he’s not being satisfied. You don’t want to be getting out in the 50s and 60s. When you bat up the order, you have the opportunity to score a 100 every time. So I think that is what he’s got to grab so that somebody will be talking only about who will partner Sai Sudharsan at the top,” the former great added.