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How Sai Sudharsan, the IPL star, got tips from Kane Williamson and Matthew Wade.

After stunning the cricketing world two weeks prior with his 96 in the IPL championship, B Sai Sudharsan Motivated by his parents, went to the stadium’s stands in Coimbatore to meet a dozen children. Sai Sudharsan posed for photographs and signed autographs for the kids who had just watched him score a 45-ball 86 for Lyca Kovai Kings in the TNPL T20 competition, all while being watched by his delighted parents Bharadwaj and Usha, who also captured the scene on her phone.

Sudharsan radiates a sense of peace and newly discovered confidence. The confidence is understandable, especially given how well he has performed across all domestic league formats, including the Ranji Trophy, where he scored a century on his debut, the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where he made three centuries, and the IPL final, where he scored a news-making 96 for Gujarat Titans against Chennai Super Kings.

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Sai Sudharsan on his new confidence:

Personally, I haven’t changed at all, Sudharsan declared. “I got going with my routines. However, external changes are numerous. The IPL this year taught me a lot, and I’m trying to work on it more and not worry about stuff outside of it, the 21-year-old adds.

All of this motivation for him to work on his game and expand his shot range comes from New Zealand. Sudharsan has always had shots around the wicket, but after closely watching Kane Williamson, he is now expanding his toolbox to include switch-hits and paddle scoops.

The New Zealander’s exceptional warmth sealed the deal more so than just their comparable sense of style. Williamson gave the Gujarat Titans’ management one special message in spite of the fact that he was hurt while fielding and had to return home for surgery: Tell Sai to get in touch with me.

So even though he returned home, he continued to communicate with me frequently and gave me insightful input. He was giving me advice on how to advance the game and make the most of our resources given our constraints, according to Sudharsan.

Williamson wasn’t the only one; Australian star Matthew Wade also emerged as a batting coach. Particularly with relation to the paddle-scoop shots, the tactic he employed to help Australia defeat Pakistan in the 2021 T20 world cup final.

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