Is Uday Saharan the next Virat Kohli?

As the under-19 India skipper Uday Saharan led his team to an exhilarating win against South Africa in the U-19 World Cup semifinals, comparisons with none other than Virat Kohli started buzzing among enthusiasts.

Much like his name implies, Uday is not only making his presence felt on the cricket field but is also spearheading a noteworthy ascent to prominence.

Known for his risk-free stroke-making, Punjab cricketer Saharan played a crucial role in rescuing India from a precarious 32 for four while chasing 245, forming a brilliant 171-run partnership with Sachin Dhas (96). Saharan, with a century and three half-centuries in the U-19 World Cup, previously led India in the Under-19 Asia Cup in Dubai, emerging as the leading run-scorer at the Under-19 Challenger Trophy in Guwahati.

In the recent semi final encounter, Saharan’s captain’s knock of 81 off 124 balls propelled India to its ninth U-19 World Cup final. Reflecting on his batting approach, Saharan shared that he drew inspiration from his father, who also aspired to be a cricketer, playing in a similar manner by taking the game deep.

Just like Virat Kohli, who emerged as an Under-19 World Cup-winning captain and evolved into a cricketing phenomenon, Saharan’s leadership and batting prowess have sparked comparisons.

Kohli, known for his precocious talent and cover drives, set the stage for a transformative era in Indian cricket, not just as a batsman but as a fierce competitor.

During his under-19 cricket career, Kohli showcased his batting prowess, accumulating 235 runs in six games with an impressive average of 47. This performance secured him the third-highest scorer position in the tournament and marked him as one of three players to achieve a century.

Kohli’s century, a spectacular 100 runs off 74 balls against the West Indies Under-19s, was hailed as the standout innings of the tournament by ESPNcricinfo. This remarkable knock not only propelled India to a 50-run victory but also earned Kohli the coveted man of the match award.

Kohli’s impactful all-round performance in the semi-final against New Zealand Under-19s, where he took 2 wickets and contributed 43 runs in the run-chase, played a pivotal role in India’s 3-wicket triumph. Even in the championship match, despite a modest score of 19 against South Africa Under-19s, Kohli’s contribution contributed to India’s eventual 12-run victory.

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