Sai Sudharsan, the 21-year-old top order batter, has caught the eye of the fans and experts in TATA IPL 2023 with some impressive performances. Having begun this season as an Impact Player against Chennai Super Kings, where he smashed a quickfire 22, Sudharsan went on to feature in the Playing XI against Delhi Capitals.  

Sudharsan scored a half-century in the run chase and helped us register a six-wicket win. Ahead of their next match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Sudharsan spoke to the media in the company of our keeper-batter, Wriddhiman Saha. 

Talking about his goals for this season, Sudharsan said, “There are no personal goals, we have to retain the title. I must use this opportunity to do better for the team. Winning the IPL last year helped my confidence and it reflected in my domestic campaign as well. ”

“I’m not looking to change my game significantly. I’m just trying to play the situation and win the situation. When the situation arises (where I have to bat at a higher strike rate), I will also rise up to the challenge.” 

Sudharsan replaced Kane Williamson as the Impact Player in our season opener. The Kiwi stalwart was unfortunately ruled out of the tournament and our young left-hander added that he would’ve loved to spend more time with him.  

“I observed him a few times in practice. The way he even approaches even a practice session was remarkable. It was great to exchange thoughts with a player like him and I’ll definitely be in touch with him,” Sudharsan said.  

#TitansFAM, and everybody else watching, got off their seats to cheer when our young opener ramped one of the world’s fastest bowlers for a six behind the wicket. Sudharsan scooped Anrich Nortje to hit one of his two sixes on the day. 

Talking about that moment, he said “I started playing that shot in practice and it was the right decision to take against Anrich Nortje (to play the ramp shot).” 

Talking about TATA IPL returning to the home and away format, Sudharsan only seems excited about it. 

“It is a great opportunity to adapt and to play in different conditions. Adaptability is very important when you’re traveling. The fans here in Ahmedabad are so supportive, so I’m really looking forward to playing more in front of them,” he explained. 

The Gujarat Titans return to Amdavad for their second home fixture of the season against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 9.