Gujarat Titans (GT) might have lost the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 finals to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 5 wickets. But they found an absolute gem in the form of Sai Sudarshan, who proved to everyone that he can play in high-pressure situations.
Sai Sudarshan scored a brilliant knock of 96 runs in just 47 balls at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on 29th May 2023. His knock was the highest ever runs scored by an uncapped player in the finals of IPL.
The earlier record was held by Manan Vohra, who scored 67 runs in 52 balls. This 9-year-old record was broken by the 21-year-old year on Monday. Sai Sudarshan’s knock was filled with class and flamboyance and he proved to everyone, that he has a lot of potential in him.
Gujarat Titans were put in to bat by MS Dhoni’s CSK and they scored 214 runs on the board. This was the highest ever total in an IPL final. CSK started batting in the 2nd innings and rain came in to put a break on their innings.
The revised total was 171 for Chennai and they chased it down in 15 overs, off the last ball. Ravindra Jadeja scored 10 runs in the last 2 balls and changed the history books.
Sai Sudarshan became the 2nd youngest batter to score a half-century in an IPL final
After he notched up a half-century in the CSK vs GT game, Sai Sudarshan became the 2nd youngest batter to score a half-century in the IPL at 21 years and 226 days.
Punjab’s Manan Vohra had scored a half-century when he was 20 years and 318 days, way back in IPL 2014. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) had defeated Kings XI Punjab (now known as Punjab Kings) in the IPL 2014 finals.
Sai Sudarshan who hails from Tamil Nadu, finished as the 3rd highest run-getter of Gujarat Titans in IPL 2023. He amassed 362 runs in 8 games and had a good strike-rate of 141.41. Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha finished as the highest and the second-highest run-getters of the IPL 2022 champions.
Chennai Super Kings became the joint-most successful team in the history of IPL, with 5 IPL titles under their belt. Mumbai Indians (MI) already have 5 IPL titles under their belt. Notably, Chennai were banned in the IPL for two seasons and didn’t feature in IPL 2016 and IPL 2017.