Indian farmer’s son is Australia’s latest spin sensation

Compiled by: Rajyashree Guha

(Rajyashree Guha, May 15) Meet 19-year-old Tanveer Sangha, the latest spin sensation in Australian cricket. Born in Sydney, Sangha is the son of Jalandhar farmer-turned-taxi driver Joga Singh Sangha and accountant Upneet. Joga Singh had immigrated to Australia on a student visa before starting to drive cabs. Tanveer took to cricket at a very early age and rose to popularity in the 2020 U-19 World Cup by getting the highest number of wickets for Australia. “When Tanveer was 10, he showed interest in cricket. By the time he was 12, I got him to play in local adult cricket teams,” Joga Singh said. He was part of the 18-member squad for the Australian T20 series against New Zealand in February 2021, but did not play. When Tanveer eventually debuts, he will become the second Indian male cricketer in Australian colours, the first being Gurinder Sandhu. Apart from these two, Indian-origin cricketers Jason Sangha, Arjun Nair and Param Uppal have also played in Australia’s domestic and U-19 teams.



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