After Vijay Shankar was ruled out due to a back spasm in IPL 2022, Sai Sudharsan made his IPL debut for Gujarat Titans.
With 358 runs, he was the second-highest run scorer in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2021.
Sai Sudharsan on his IPL season
Sai Sudharsan was selected by the Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2022 auction just five months after making his domestic T20 debut for Tamil Nadu. In just five games during his rookie year, he amassed 145 runs at an average of 36.25 and a strike rate of 127.19 as GT easily won the IPL.
Sai Sudharsan recently shared his experiences as a GT player in the IPL 2022.
“I went for 4-5 IPL selections, but nobody gave me any hope by saying they were interested in me. I got picked in the third or fourth round. I was glued to the TV, but after some time I switched off the auction and I was relaxing. Suddenly, someone came to my room and congratulated me. That’s when I knew that Gujarat picked me. I was shocked that Gujarat picked me because I hadn’t even gone for their trials,” Sai Sudharsan said.
“There wasn’t much celebration. I was just waiting and waiting for the IPL camp to start. I immediately started preparing and planning for how I’d be useful to the team. My parents and friends were very happy, and I got a lot of warm messages from many people,” he added.
Sai Sudharsan praised Hardik Pandya‘s management style and the atmosphere in the GT dressing room.
“The main players like Rashid Khan and Hardik Pandya were joining us late. But even otherwise, at the start of the season it was like a surreal dream with the coaches and other players. I dreamt of playing in the IPL for so long, and I can’t express how special it was,” he said.
“Playing with Hardik bhai, Rashid bhai – the way they approach the game, the way they bring confidence into themselves and into the players surrounding them was just next level. I always admire Hardik bhai’s confidence – he automatically gives us confidence,” he added.