The Indian cricket team is in a smashing form in the ongoing U-19 World Cup in South Africa. The young guns once again delivered an exceptional performance in their Super Six match against Nepal on Friday (February 2). After electing to bat first, India U19 posted a massive score of 297 on the back of centuries from captain Uday Saharan and batter Sachin Dhas.
The Men in Blue were in trouble as underdogs Nepal managed to get rid of their top three early on. They were reeling at 62/3 at one point and were pulled out of danger by excellent batting from Saharan and Dhas. The duo added 215 for the fourth wicket, with both notching up their respective centuries. Dhas reached the three-digit mark in the 46th over with a single.
He became the third Indian batter to score a century in the U19 World Cup 2024. The right-hander, who is set to turn 19 tomorrow, has given himself a huge gift in advance. His stellar knock consisted of 11 fours and 3 sixes ended on 116 off 101 balls as he failed to clear the mid-wicket fielder in the 48th over off Gulsan Jha.
Who is Sachin Dhas?
Dhas made his debut in Youth ODIs during the ACC U19 Asia Cup in December 2023. The young lad announced his arrival with a brilliant half-century against Pakistan. He was also part of India's tri-nation tournament in South Africa that took place from December 2023 to January 2024.
Known for his aggressive batting style, Dhas had scored just 76 runs from 4 innings (7 matches) in the Youth ODI format as he plays in the lower-middle order. In the ongoing World Cup as well, he majorly batted at number 6 (or) 7 position. However, he was promoted to the fifth position against Nepal on Friday and showed his mettle in tough conditions.
Highest score in U-19 WC while batting at number 5 or lower position:
Nicholas Pooran - 143 vs Australia in Dubai, 2014
Jewel Andrew - 130 vs South Africa in Potchefstroom, 2024
Malcolm Lake - 118 vs India in Townsville, 2012
Hasan Mohsin - 117 vs Nepal in Fatullah, 2016
Sachin Dhas - 116 vs Nepal in Bloemfontein, 2024