Jason Sangha: The Australian Cricketer Of Punjabi Origin
Jason Sangha: Australian Cricketer
An Australian cricketer of Punjabi origins, Jason Sangha is a highly talented batsman who top-scored for Australia in the 2018 U-19 World Cup. As well as being a prolific run-getter, Jason Sangha can bowl some handy leg-spin. Born in 1999, Jason is still very young and is being tipped to earn an Australia call-up soon. Jason Sangha plays for the Australian Capital Territory Domestically and has frequently played for the Cricket Australia XI.
Jason Sangha playing for the Cricket Australia XI
Prior to the 2017/18 Ashes series, the touring England side played a few matches against a Cricket Australia XI. These were four-day red ball matches and Jason played for the Cricket Australia XI. Jason Sangha struggled in the first match, as he was up against a formidable bowling attack. James Anderson, Chris Woakes, Jake Ball and Craig Overton all featured for England. As a result, Jason Sangha only managed scores of 3 and 5. Chris Woakes dismissed Sangha in the first innings and Craig Overton dismissed him in the second. In the second tour match, Jason played the innings of a lifetime. After registering a duck in the first innings, Jason Sangha moved up the order to number four and hit a sublime hundred. Jason Sangha ended up scoring 133 against arguably one of the best bowling attacks in the world. This was a truly remarkable innings and it helped his selection for Australia’s 2018 U-19 World Cup squad.
Jason Sangha: Australia Under-19
Sangha played six matches in the 2018 U-19 World Cup and was Australia’s leading run-scorer. Sangha racked up 229 runs at a healthy average of over 38. This included two fifties, with a top score of 88 against Papua New Guinea. His second fifty, 58 (91), came against England in the Quarter-Finals. This turned out to be a crucial inning, as Jason top-scored for Australia in a low-scoring thriller, which his side won. So, fans saw glimpses of Jason Sangha’s
Jason Sangha: Big Bash League
The Sydney Thunder signed the services of Jason Sangha for the duration of BBL 06. At that time, Jason was still at school and was in year eleven (when he was 16). Michael Hussey was full of praise for Jason Sangha, saying, on the club’s website, that:
“Jason has shown his potential with several impressive performances at Under 17 and Under 19 level, he’s a talented batsman who we hope will gain a lot from being a part of the Thunder squad. We’re looking to build sustainable success at the Thunder, and Jason is a bright prospect.”
Sangha spoke about the opportunity it gave him to learn from some of the best T20 players in the business. In the same statement on the Sydney Thunder website, Sangha is quoted as saying:
“It feels amazing to sign with the Thunder. To be part of such an elite bunch, I’m looking forward to working with the guys and hopefully have a good season. I really enjoyed playing with the Academy, with (Thunder off-spinner) Chris Green who was our captain. It’s a dream come true, to be honest, since watching on TV when I was little I’ve always wanted to be a part of the team and now that I am… It is amazing.”
Jason Sangha: The 2020 T20 World Cup
As we saw in the 2018 U-19 World Cup, Jason Sangha loves to perform on the big stage. With the 2020 T20 World Cup fast approaching, is there any chance that Sangha could feature in the tournament?. Since he has not made his international debut for Australia yet, his career would have to progress rapidly over the course of the next year for him to be included in their plans. However, Australia is known to hand out international caps to players that have done well in the Big Bash League. For example, Billy Stanlake was selected in Australia’s T20I side off the back of a great BBL season. So, if Jason Sangha lights up the Big Bash League it is likely he will be given a go for his national side and could earn a shot to stake a claim to be included in Australia’s 2020 T20 World Cup squad.