Uday Saharan: New captain cool and chip off old block | Cricket News

Feb 7, 2024



New Delhi: During the Under-19 Challenger tournament last year, India's captain Uday Saharan He was not scoring runs and father Sanjeev was getting worried as the national selection committee was about to choose the team for the Junior Asia Cup.
“My mental state was not good because Uday was not scoring runs, but he used to tell me, 'Papa, don't worry, runs will come.' That's Uday for you. I'm not saying that because he's my son, but even at the age of 19, he can still be well-organised,” he said after his son took India to their fifth consecutive U-19 World Cup final. Sanjeev, beaming with joy, told PTI.
Let us tell you, Uday plays national level cricket from Punjab but he is from Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan.
“During matches, he travels from Sri Ganganagar to Bathinda, which is a two-hour train journey. He is pursuing B.Com second year from Bathinda University. It was a friend of mine who suggested that Uday Be transferred to Fazilka in Punjab for cricket,” the father said.
Fazilka is also the village of Shubman Gill.
With one hundred and three fifties in six World Cup games so far, Punjab batsman Uday is currently the leading run-scorer in this edition, and his batting style resembles the top-order batsmen of the 1980s and 90s.
He scores runs at a strike rate in the early 70s, something he will need to address at the senior level. For now, it is serving the purpose.
“Uday told me that papa when single, double pe baat ban jaaye to chakka marna kya need? Chakka marna hoga to woh bhi maar lunge (Why should I try for sixes when I can complete the job with one and two). When If needed) gets up, I will also hit sixes,” said Sanjeev, who is an Ayurvedic doctor and BCCI Level 1 Accredited Coach.
For him, technique is sacred and he gave insight into how Uday learned to play copybook, traditional cricket.
“During my playing days, I represented my district in the Colwyn Shield, Rajasthan CA's biggest tournament. I was known as 'Gavaskar' in my local circuit because the bowlers could not make a dent in my defence.
“I have taught Uday the value of technique,” the father said. And as far as IPL games go, when he was 16, he scored 108 runs off 60 balls by hitting a six off Arshdeep Singh in a local district match. Were.”
When Uday was in a tense situation on Tuesday night, what was the mood in the Saharan family.
“What should I say? Uday's sister, my elder daughter did not come out of the temple house. She started crying. It was my wife's niece's wedding but she also remained sitting in the temple the entire match. We love Pallu Devi Maa very much. Believe (My elder daughter and wife prayed the whole time and did not leave the home temple. My wife did not attend a relative's wedding reception).”
So how does it feel when he sees himself as the father of the Indian team captain?
“I don't have words to express that feeling. It's special. I've seen his leadership skills since he was little. When I would take him to the academy and teach him a drill, he would He grew up and taught the other trainees. He has always been a responsible boy.”
What advice would he give his son before the final? “Nothing, just bring the cup.”



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