India defeated South Africa by two wickets in the maiden U-19 World Cup semi-final thanks to an outstanding 96(95) by Sachin Dhas.
In the first semi-final of the Under-19 World Cup 2024, India defeated South Africa by two wickets after chasing 245 in 48.5 overs. For the Men in Blue, the chase proved to be difficult as they were reduced to 32/4 in just 11.2 overs. The innings was stabilized by a huge stand of 171 (187) between skipper Uday Saharan (81 off 124) and Sachin Dhas (96 off 95) for the fifth wicket, which helped India win the match by two wickets.
With the assistance of 11 fours and a six, Dhas scored an incredible 96 (95), making him the clear game hero. The 19-year-old, who had hit 116 (101) against Nepal in India’s final group match in Bloemfontein, was denied his second straight century of the tournament.
Interestingly, Dhas is from Beed, Maharashtra, and at an invitational U-19 competition in Pune, he amazed everyone with his six-hitting ability. The organizers were so perplexed by the teenager’s six-hitting that they even measured his bat to be sure there wasn’t any foul play.
The renowned Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who is Sanjay Dhas’ second favorite player after Sunil Gavaskar, inspired Sachin’s name. Sanjay, who played university cricket himself, disclosed to Indian Express that he had intended for his son to become a cricket player even before the boy was born.
In order to train his son, Sanjay also disclosed that he borrowed money to prepare turf wickets. It was an enormous challenge, nevertheless, to keep the wickets fresh in Beed because of the water shortage. As a result, he had to summon the water tanker every other or third day. He gives thanks to Sachin’s coach Azhar for his persistent efforts in molding him into the gifted batter he is today.
The U-19 World Cup 2024’s third-highest run scorer is Sachin Dhas.
Surekha Das, Sachin’s mother, used to play kabaddi and is currently an Assistant Police Inspector (API) with the Maharashtra Police. However, Pratiksha, Sachin’s sister, is in Pune getting ready for the USPC examinations.
Sachin Dhas, meanwhile, is now the third-highest run scorer of the competition with 294 runs from six innings at an average of 73.50 and a strike rate of 116.66, following his successive game-winning efforts. He can’t wait to deliver a game-winning hit for his team in the tournament final on Sunday, February 11 at the same location.