India had a great start to the tournament and the India A team made it to the final after defeating UAE, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. But where India easily defeated Pakistan by 8 wickets in the league match, the Indian team was blown away in the final.
Batting first, Pakistan made a big score of 352 runs at the loss of 8 wickets. In response, the Indian innings was reduced to 224 in 40 overs and the team lost the match by a huge margin of 128 runs. Although the wavering performance in the final faded the shine of the Indian players, but still there were some players who increased their reputation. Let's take a look at some of the players who have knocked on the doors of the Indian senior team with their performances in this tournament.
The first name in this list is that of Indian captain Yash Dhull. Dhull, who usually bats at number four in the middle order, scored a total of 234 runs in the tournament and finished second in the list of highest scorers. Sri Lanka's Avishka Fernando scored the maximum 255 runs but he has already played international matches for senior players.
Dhull scored 108 not out against the United Arab Emirates and also scored a match-winning 66 against Bangladesh. Dhul, who plays domestic cricket from Delhi, is known for playing big innings and once he settles, it becomes difficult to get him out.
In four innings of this tournament, Dhull remained not out twice and averaged 117.
This average was much higher than top scorer Avishka's average of 64. Even in 50-over cricket, he had a strike rate above 100 and scored runs with a strike rate of 102, which shows that he is a batsman who scores big and runs fast.
Sai Sudarshan scored 220 runs in five innings of this tournament at an average of 73. His strike rate was also 99 which can be called good. As an opener, he got the Indian team off to a good start in almost every match. He showed big heart in big matches and played fiercely. In the league match against Pakistan, he played an unbeaten inning of 104 runs and washed the attack of Pakistan's fast bowlers and spinners.
Because of his innings, India got a big victory against Pakistan. Chasing Pakistan's big score in the final too, he got off to a good start but he was dismissed for 29 runs, after which the Indian team could not build a big partnership.
His dismissal was also surrounded by controversies because that ball was probably a no ball. Another good thing that goes into Sai Sudarshan's account is that he bats with the left hand and Team India needs it a lot because till date they do not have any left hander in the top five ODIs.
All-rounder Abhishek Sharma, playing from Punjab, made an excellent opening pair with Sai Sudarshan in the tournament. He scored 221 runs in 5 innings at an average of 44.20 and finished third in the list of highest scorers in the tournament. He scored two half-centuries in this series. He scored 87 against Nepal and was dismissed for 61 against Pakistan in the final.
For the last few seasons, he has also been doing well in the IPL. This year he scored 225 runs in 11 innings in IPL for Hyderabad. Sharma, who plays sharp and long shots, is also a left arm bowler and he also got 2 wickets in the Emerging Cup.
Like Sai Sudarshan, he is also a left hand batsman and can be considered a work in progress for the Indian team. The Indian management believes that Abhishek Sharma, who plays shots all over the field, can prove to be a headache for bowlers around the world when he is at his peak.
The new star that the ACC Emerging Cup gave to Indian cricket is named Nishant Sindhu. Sindhu, playing from Haryana, has become the highest wicket-taker in this tournament. He took 11 wickets at an impressive average of 11.81. In the semi-final against Bangladesh, the Indian team would have lost the match if Sindhu and Manav Suthar had not bowled brilliantly.
Sindhu took 5 wickets for 20 runs in that low-scoring match. Nineteen-year-old Sindhu is also a left-handed batsman and plays as an all-rounder in the team. In his short career in first class cricket, he has so far scored 921 runs in 14 matches at an average of 40 and has also taken 27 wickets at an average of 34. He considers himself a top order batsman who can also take wickets. At least in the next IPL, big bets can be made on this player.
Sindhu's bowling partner Manav Suthar established himself as a dependable bowler in the Emerging Cup. Rajasthan's tall and left-arm spinner Suthar took 10 wickets at an average of 19.50 in the Emerging Cup played in Sri Lanka.
Chasing a score of 211 in the semi-finals, the Bangladesh team was playing at a score of one wicket at 90 at one time, but after that Suthar and Sindhu's bowling magic was overshadowed and both took a total of 2 Bangladeshi wickets.
Suthar took 3 for 32, while Sindhu took 5 wickets and Bangladesh lost the match by 51 runs. The specialty of Suthar's bowling is that he gets the ball to turn well off the pitch and at the same time bowls on very accurate line and length like a seasoned left arm bowler.
Due to this, his economy is also fine and he also takes wickets a lot. Suthar, who plays from Rajasthan, took 39 wickets in first class cricket in the 2022-23 season. His importance in the team can be gauged from the fact that he made it difficult for even senior Ravi Bishnoi to make it to the team.
All these players of Indian A team are in the age group of 19 to 22 and they have just started their career, but on the basis of their talent, they have made a big name in their short career.
Generally, after any World Cup, there is a chance to make big changes in the team. It seems difficult for these players to come in the 2023 World Cup team, but in the journey after that, there is a big possibility that you will definitely see their names joining the Indian team.
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