In the recently concluded U19 World Cup, Aakash Chopra lauded Sachin Dhas for his stellar performances representing India. Chopra commended Dhas for his impeccable technique, especially in executing the pull shot. Dhas showcased his mettle with the bat, as he amassed 303 runs at an impressive average of 60.60 and a strike rate of 116.53 across seven innings in the tournament.
His standout performances included a blistering 116 off 101 deliveries against Nepal and a crucial 96 off 95 balls in India’s semi-final victory against South Africa. However, in the final against Australia, he struggled, as he managed only nine runs off eight deliveries as India succumbed to a 79-run defeat in Benoni on February 11.
“I liked Sachin Dhas a lot based on whatever I saw. I agree he got out to a spinner in the final. He plays the pull very well and plays good drives as well. He has got that flair. The pulls he hit against South Africa were to the left of midwicket. You need a special ability to do that,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
“His arms open up, they don’t get cramped. If someone’s arms get cramped, he plays square and in the air. If your arms open up and you are able to make the impact away from the body, it means you have time, you can keep the ball down and hit towards midwicket. I have marked him as a good player,” he added.
Uday Saharan’s game sense is very good: Aakash Chopra
Chopra highlighted Uday Saharan’s standout performance and game sense in the U19 World Cup. Saharan amassed 397 runs, which included a century and three half-centuries, and averaged 56.71 with a strike rate of 77.69 in seven innings. Notably, in the semi-final against South Africa, Saharan and Sachin Dhas crafted a remarkable 171-run partnership for the fifth wicket and rescued India from a precarious 32/4 while chasing a 245-run target.
“The second player I liked was Uday Saharan. He is a very good player. His game sense is very good. He plays cautiously and knows how to build an innings. He has an understanding of how to play cricket. His and Sachin’s semi-final knocks were both very good,” Chopra concluded.