'I Named Him After Tendulkar', Reveals U19 Hero Sachin Dhas’s Father

image-lsbm1ey1Sachin Dhas | Source: X.com 

Once more, the name 'Sachin Sachin' echoes across India, yet this time it's not the legendary Tendulkar, but the 19-year-old Sachin Dhas, whose match-winning performance in the Under 19 World Cup semi-final against South Africa has captivated the nation. 

Team India was in a real fix, starting off at a dismal eight runs with two wickets down. Then it went from bad to worse, crashing to 32 for four while chasing 245. However, that's when Sachin Dhas walked in and totally flipped the script with a jaw-dropping performance. 

Sachin blazed through with 95 runs off only 96 balls, including 11 boundaries and a six, on a challenging pitch that left other batters scratching their heads. Teaming up with Captain Uday Saharan, they forged a game-changing 171-run partnership.

Following Sachin Dhas's standout performance for Team India, his father, Sanjay Dhas, who had long envisioned his son's success in cricket, was glowing with pride. 

Speaking to PTI, senior Dhas revealed how he named his son after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar and shared that the younger Dhas, who has grown up idolising Virat Kohli, is a huge fan of the Delhi batter. 

Here’s what Sanjay Dhas said:

“I named him after Sachin Tendulkar when he was born in 2005 because I was a huge fan but he also likes Virat Kohli a lot.”

Interestingly, Sachin Dhas isn't just named after the iconic Mumbai batter; even his jersey number pays homage to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, as he proudly sports the number 10. 

Furthermore, Sachin's father shared that his son has no other friends besides him and emphasised that he has intentionally kept Sachin away from birthday parties, weddings and other gatherings to safeguard his cricket commitments. 

“He has no friends. I am his only friend. I have never allowed him to attend marriages, birthday parties so that his focus from cricket never wavers.”

I Must Give Credit to Coach Azhar: Sanjay Dhas

Sachin Dhas's father also praised Sachin's childhood coach, Azhar, for his dedication to his son's development, as well as the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium for consistently providing fair treatment and opportunities. 

“I must give credit to Azhar, his coach. Without him, we wouldn’t have seen this day.”

“The training part in Beed was certainly tough but not the selection part in age group state teams. Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) has been fair to my son. He performed at every level and he was always picked on merit.” 

It's plain to see that Sachin Dhas's dad has been instrumental in his cricketing success. As he gears up for the under-19 World Cup final, the whole nation, alongside his dad and coach, will be rooting for him to deliver another stellar performance and bring home the title for India.