What were you doing when you were a 19-year-old? Going to college probably. That is what a 19-year-old has been expected to do over the years. But not anymore. Times have changed and have changed drastically. In today's world, parents start to plan the future of their children even before they are born. And this trend is working wonders for India. It was Sachin then who made his Test debut at 16 years and now it is Yash Dhull who has achieved a remarkable feat at the age of 19 years.
After leading India to their fifth U19 World Cup title, Dhull has now scored twin centuries on his First-Class debut. The right-handed batsman has taken every step in the right direction. Opening the innings for Delhi in their match against Tamil Nadu, the 19-year-old Yash Dhull scored centuries in both innings. Upon reaching the three-figure mark in the second innings, Dhull became one of the only three Indian cricketers to have scored twin centuries on their Ranji Trophy debut.
The first player to achieve this unique feat was Nari Contractor (152 & 102*) who did it playing for Gujarat way back in 1952/53. The second name to get added in the list took quite a while as Virag Awate (126 & 112) did it in 2012/13 while playing for Maharashtra. Now, after nine years, Yash Dhull has got himself in the list.
In the first innings, the right-handed young Delhi batter was dismissed after playing a knock of 113. While in the second innings, Dhull brought up the three-figure mark off 200 balls with the help of 13 boundaries. On the back of his 113*, Delhi drew the game against Tamil Nadu.
I want to be an all-format player like Kohli: Yash Dhull
After completing his maiden ton in First-class cricket and that too on debut, Dhull was more than happy. However, he revealed that he was not nervous at all and just wanted to play his game. "Sirf ball ka colour hi to change hua hai, game to wahi khelna hai (Only the colour of the ball has changed, the game is the same). It's normal for me. I just wanted to go and express myself. I didn't feel any pressure. I went there with a free mind. The best thing was that I trusted my own style of play," said the dashing batter to TOI.
He then went on to express his desire to be an all-format player like Virat Kohli. "I want to be an all-format player like Virat bhaiya (Virat Kohli). He is a legend of the game. He has dominated all the three formats. I also want to be the best in all three formats. He is my inspiration," Dhull further said.
So far, Yash Dhull has maintained similarities with Virat Kohli, rather he has gone a step ahead of him. Dhull hails from Delhi and has won a U19 World Cup for his team like Kohli did in 2008. He bats right-handed as well. So, who knows if the next Kohli is already in making,