Who is Sachin Das? 5 interesting facts about the batsman who scored 96 against South Africa in the U19 World Cup semi-finals

Sachin Dhaas played one of the best innings in the history of the ICC tournament and helped India qualify for the Under-19 World Cup 2024 final. The rising star of Indian cricket scored 96 runs off 95 balls under pressure on Tuesday, ensuring the Boys in Blue successfully chased the target of 245 runs against South Africa Under-19.

Chasing the target of 245 runs, the Indian Under-19 team was reduced to 32/4 in 11.2 overs. It seemed as if the Boys in Blue would fail to qualify for the summit clash, but Sachin Dhaas' brilliant inning of 96 runs led the team to victory. Batting at number seven, Dhas hit 11 fours and one six. He fell four runs short of his century, but his 171-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Uday Saharan ensured India's victory.

Now that Sachin Dhaas has become a popular name in the cricket world, here is a look at five important things fans should know about the India Under-19 star.


#1 Sachin Dhaas is named after Sachin Tendulkar

Many people consider Sachin Tendulkar to be the greatest cricketer of all time. He inspired a generation of players with his brilliant batting performances for Team India.

Dhas's father Sanjay was a big fan of Tendulkar during his playing days. So Sanjay decided to name his son Sachin. Interestingly, Sachin also wears the number 10 jersey and he has stood up against his opponents even in crucial semi-finals of the World Cup, just like Tendulkar did with his inning of 85 runs in the 2011 World Cup vs Pakistan .


#2 Sachin Dhaas is from a small town with limited cricket infrastructure

Like many cricketers, Dhas did not receive the best of facilities while growing up. He is a resident of Beed, a small town in Maharashtra. According to Zee News, Dhaas did not get full cricket pitches for training.

The young player had to practice on half the turf, but he did not give up. His passion for the game helped him become India's Under-19 player.


#3 Sachin Dhas's mother is a police officer

Sachin's parents have a huge contribution in his success. His father tried to ensure that Sachin's focus was always on cricket, while his mother worked between shifts as a police officer and also took care of her son.

It seems all the efforts paid off as Sachin played a brilliant innings for the country in the U19 World Cup semi-finals. Now his aim will be to make his parents proud by winning the trophy.


#4 How Sanjay Dhaas and coach Sheikh Azhar helped Sachin deal with bouncers

The conditions in South Africa favor fast bowlers. Although Sachin knew the basics of playing against fast bowlers, he often struggled to face bouncers.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Sachin's father Sanjay revealed how he and coach Sheikh Azhar helped his son improve, saying:

“Azhar Bhai used to keep an iron plate three feet long and four feet wide in a good place. We used to do throw-downs. The ball would go over him. He struggled for some time but as time progressed, he improved his game.


#5 Sachin Dhaas was disappointed when he did not get enough chances to bat

Dhas usually bats at number four, but due to team combinations, he has to bat at number seven for India Under-19. He did not face many balls until the match against Nepal in the Under-19 World Cup, where he scored a century.

His coach Azhar told The Indian Express that Sachin was a bit disappointed when he did not get enough balls to face. However, his confidence increased after the match against Nepal and he played another big innings in the semi-finals.

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