Uday Saharan is an Indian cricketer who is known for being the captain of the U-19 Indian cricket team.
Uday Pratap Saharan was born on Wednesday, 8 December 2004 (age 19 years; as of 2023) in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius. In an interview, Uday’s father mentioned that he hoped Uday would become a cricketer because he couldn’t achieve that dream when he was younger. His father ran a cricket training place and would take Uday there. Uday never made a fuss about it. His father also made a space for cricket practice at home, and that’s where Uday started learning the game. Uday’s father mentioned that in Sri Ganganagar, it can get really cold, down to 1 degree in winter, but Uday always showed up for practice, no matter how chilly it got. Uday, encouraged by his father, moved from his hometown to Fazilka. At the age of eleven, he moved again, this time to Punjab, looking for better chances to play cricket. He played for the under-14 and under-16 teams in Fazilka. Later, he moved to Bathinda to join the under-19 team. This move was a big deal because Bathinda had really good cricket facilities provided by the Punjab Cricket Association, and these helped Uday get much better at cricket. Uday and his father would go back and forth to home every day. But after a year, Uday made it into the Punjab Under-14 team camp, so his father drove him to Mohali. This was Uday’s first time trying something by himself. His father mentioned in an interview that right after he dropped Uday off and reached Ludhiana, Uday called him wanting to return home. For the next week, his father kept saying he would pick him up the next day. This plan worked, and Uday started to like the camp. The captain of the Punjab team, Mandeep Singh, was impressed with Uday, so after Uday did well in the Fitness Test, Mandeep gave him a cricket bat as a gift.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Uday’s father’s name is Sanjeev Saharan, who works as an Ayurvedic doctor.
In 2022, he was kept as a backup player for the Under-19 World Cup. He travelled to the West Indies with the team but didn’t get to play in any of the matches. In an interview, his father mentioned that after coming back from the tournament, he understood he had to get much better at cricket. He got home at 11 at night, and by 6 the next morning, he was all set to go to practice again. In 2022, he led the Indian team in the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup. They reached the semifinals of the competition. After doing well in the 2023 Under-19 Challenger Trophy, where he made 297 runs in five games with an average of 99 runs, he was chosen to be the captain of the Under-19 cricket team. He shined in the youth one-day international match against South Africa’s under-19 team by scoring the most runs, 112. Then, he made 74 runs in a practice match against Australia’s under-19 team and 50 runs without losing his wicket in another practice match against Sri Lanka’s under-19 team. In their opening match of the Under-19 World Cup in South Africa on January 20, 2024, the Indian team faced Bangladesh at the Mangaung Oval. India went to bat first and scored 251 runs, with 7 players out over 50 overs. Adarsh Singh and Uday Saharan scored the most runs for India. Adarsh Singh got 76 runs off 96 balls, and Uday Saharan got 64 runs off 94 balls.
On 2 February 2024, in the game before the semi-final against Nepal, Saharan made 100 runs from 107 balls, including 9 boundaries. Saharan and Sachin Dhas worked well together, especially during the tough start of the game, and set a record by scoring 215 runs together in only 202 balls. On 7 February 2024, during the semi-final of the Under-19 World Cup against South Africa, he made 81 runs from 124 balls and hit the ball past the boundary line 6 times. In an interview, he talked about his game and said,
When I walked in, the ball was seaming around. There was bounce as well. So I had to be conscious of that and could not play my shots freely. As the ball got older, it started coming onto the bat better. The odd ball was still bouncing but by then we were set and could handle it.”
In an interview, Uday talked about leading the Indian team in World Cup 2024 and said,
Always wanted to play for India since I was young; it was the dream of my father as well. Today, I am leading the side, living the dream. We are prepared for the World Cup, excited as well.”
- His jersey number is # 3 (India).
- His batting style is right-hand bat and his bowling style is right-arm off-break.
- His favourite cricketer is Virat Kohli.