Vijay Hazare Trophy: Who is Samarth Vyas?
Saurashtra’s Samarth Vyas managed to grab the headlines amidst the T20 World Cup 2022 final excitement, joining the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Rohit Sharma among others in a landmark batting achievement. Vyas became the eighth Indian men’s batter to register a List A double hundred, getting to the milestone in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022.
Vyas struck 200 off 131 for the Jaydev Unadkat led Saurashtra against Manipur in an Elite Group A match played at the Jamia Millia Cricket Ground, Delhi on Sunday on November 13. He added 282 runs in 36.3 overs with fellow opener Harvik Desai, who himself scored 100 off 107. Vyas’ knock, which included 20 fours and nine sixes, powered Saurashtra to 397/4 in the allotted 50 overs.
Manipur were bundled out for 115 in 41.4 overs in response, with left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja returning 10-6-10-7 in a brilliant display.
Who is Samarth Vyas?
Samarth Vyas is an aggressive right-handed batter from Saurashtra. Born on November 28, 1995 in Rajkot, Vyas represented the state at the Under 16s and Under 19s level, before making into their first-class, List A and T20 teams.
He hasn’t quite made an impact in first-class cricket yet, having managed just 271 runs at 16.93 from 10 matches. His List A numbers, following his double hundred, read 1,183 runs at 45.5 and a strike-rate of 95.86 with three hundreds.
Vyas joined Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Sanju Samson, Prithvi Shaw and Yashasvi Jaiswal in a select list of India batters to have registered List A double hundreds. He became the fourth to do so in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, after Shaw, Samson and Jaiswal.
Highest List A scores by Indians:— Lalith Kalidas (@lal__kal) November 13, 2022
264 - Rohit Sharma
248 - Shikhar Dhawan
227* - Prithvi Shaw
219 - Virender Sehwag
212* - Sanju Samson
209 - Rohit
208* - Rohit
203 - Yashasvi Jaiswal
202 - KV Kaushal
200* - Sachin Tendulkar
200 - SAMARTH VYAS (Today)#VijayHazareTrophy
Vyas was the fifth-highest run-scorer at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2022 earlier this season, with 314 runs at 52.33 at an impressive strike-rate of 177.4 with two fifties from seven innings. Overall, he has aggregated 649 T20 runs at 29.50 and a strike-rate of 150.58 till date.
He occasionally bowls wrist-spin, which has fetched him four wickets in first-class format and one in List A.