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Sudharsan To Be Retained Along With Shubman Gill? Star Batter Speaks About IPL 2025

Sudharsan and Gill were part of GT's batting core in IPL 2024 (x.com) Sudharsan and Gill were part of GT's batting core in IPL 2024 (x.com) 

There is no denying Sai Sudharsan's talent, and he has cut from a different clothe. However, the Gujarat Titans (GT) batter didn't start off well in the recently concluded season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2024), but he returned back to form in the latter half of the tournament.

Sudharsan ended the IPL 2024 as GT's highest run-scorer of the season, amassing 527 runs in 12 ties at a strike rate of 141.28, including a ton and two half-centuries. Although the one-time champions didn't do well in the league, ending the season at the 8th place and failing to qualify for playoffs for the first time.

Speaking on his season, he credited IPL for helping him learn how to "tackle pressure" after playing a good or bad innings. 

"There have been many learnings from this year's IPL. This was my first season where I played all the games (in a season). We have to learn how to manage a good and a bad innings. This year's IPL has taught me that," Sudharsan told PTI in an interaction on the sidelines of the TNCA Annual Day celebrations.

As the Gujarat batter emerged to be a core player for the franchise in the recently concluded season, he also commented on his future with GT from IPL 2025, where the teams would apparently be allowed to retain just three players alongside one more man using the RTM card.

"We have a lot of time left for that (auction), so the thought about that can be given at the right time. Right now, I'm thinking more about my batting and more to work on the areas where I can get better, and the rest will take care of itself," he added.

After his breakthrough year with the Titans in IPL 2023, Sudharsan was brought to the Indian fold by getting his chance in the ODI series in South Africa, where he played three matches. He also talked about the opportunities he has got for India and India A.

"We have been playing on and off. I also played for India A, and I feel adapting to the conditions and situation is more important, and that has always been my main focus," the GT star said.