|Tanveer Sangha Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||November 26, 2001|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Tanveer Sangha is an Australian professional cricketer who first came into the spotlight in February 2020 when he finished as Australia’s highest wicket-taker (and the 4th highest overall) at the ICC (International Cricket Council – the global governing body of the sport) Under-19 Cricket World Cup. In the tournament, he recorded 15 dismissals in 5 innings – at a spectacular average of 11.46 runs conceded per wicket taken and a stellar strike rate of 19.20 balls bowled per wicket taken. In the Australian domestic circuit, Tanveer has played for his home state of New South Wales (2020-21-Present), as a frontline spin bowler. In franchise-based T20 leagues, he has turned out for the Sydney Thunder (2020-21-Present) in the BBL (Big Bash League). Tanveer has also played for the Birmingham Phoenix (2022-Present) in The Hundred, a professional franchise 100-ball cricket tournament that was introduced by the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board – the governing body of the sport in these 2 countries) as a new format of cricket that was played for the first time in July and August 2021.
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Tanveer had attended the East Hills Boys High School located in Panania, a suburb in south-western Sydney.
- Father – Joga Sangha (Taxi Driver)
- Mother – Upneet Sangha (Accountant)
- Siblings – Simran Sangha (Older Sister)
Right-Arm Leg Break
- 11 – Youth ODI
- 17 – Sydney Thunder (BBL)
- 71 – Birmingham Phoenix (The Hundred)
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
72 kg or 158.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Side-cropped, side-parted, wavy hair
- Affable smile
- Often sports a thin beard
Tanveer Sangha Facts
- About 4 years before Tanveer’s birth, in 1997, his father had emigrated from India to Australia. He eventually settled down in the southwestern suburbs of Sydney.
- In junior cricket, Tanveer had started out as a pace bowler. It was only in his mid-teens that he switched to leg spin bowling and the move turned his career around.
- In Australia’s opening group stage match of the 2020 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, against 2016 champions West Indies, he produced match-best bowling figures (4/30 in 10 overs) but could not prevent a 3-wicket defeat in a low-scoring thriller. Incredibly, this was the first win in 8 attempts for the West Indies against Australia in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
- In Australia’s next match, against Nigeria, Tanveer produced another spectacular bowling performance – 5/14 in 10 overs – to help Australia dismiss Nigeria for a paltry total of 61 runs. Australia went on to win by 10 wickets and Tanveer was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for his performance.
- Australia then defeated arch-rivals England by 2 wickets in a nail-biting last-ball cliffhanger in their last group-stage encounter to progress to the quarter-final stage of the competition. In the quarter-final, defending champions and eventual runners-up India defeated Australia by a considerable margin of 74 runs.
- This pushed Australia into a playoff competition which would determine the 5th-8th places in this tournament. In the semi-final stage of this playoff competition, Tanveer produced both match-best bowling figures as well as a 4-wicket haul for the 3rd time in this tournament – 4/41 in 10 overs – to help Australia restrict Afghanistan to 191 runs.
- Australia went on to win this match by 4 wickets and he won his 2nd ‘Player of the Match’ award in this tournament. Australia’s last match in the tournament (a 5th-place playoff against the West Indies) was affected by rain and had to be abandoned in the early stages of the 2nd innings. The West Indies were awarded 5th place because they had scored more points than Australia in the competition’s group stage.
- Tanveer made his debut in the T20 format in December 2020, representing the Sydney Thunder in the 2020-21 edition (10th season) of the BBL (Big Bash League – Australia’s premier professional franchise-based T20 league). He made an immediate impact, finishing as his team’s highest wicket-taker in the tournament (and the joint-5th highest overall) – 21 wickets in 15 matches, at an excellent average of 18.28 runs conceded per wicket taken and a sensational strike rate of 13.57 balls bowled per wicket taken.
- Tanveer’s performances played a vital role in helping the Sydney Thunder finish in 3rd place in the league phase of the 2020-21 season. This was the team’s then-best league-stage finish in the history of the BBL. Even when the Sydney Thunder won the BBL title for the first time in the 2015-16 season, the team had finished in 4th place in the league stage. As of August 2023, the Sydney Thunder had not managed to improve upon their aforementioned 3rd-place finish in the league phase (achieved in the 2020-21 season).
- In recognition of his breakthrough performance in his debut BBL season, he was included in Australia’s T20I squad in January 2021 for their upcoming bilateral series against New Zealand. However, as of August 2023, Tanveer had not made his debut for Australia in any international format (Tests, ODIs, or T20Is). In the next (2021-22) edition of the BBL, the Sydney Thunder finished in 3rd place in the league phase for the 2nd season in a row.
- Tanveer played a key role in this performance once again, finishing as his team’s 3rd-highest wicket-taker in the tournament (and the joint-12th highest overall) – 16 wickets in 12 matches, at an excellent average of 17.37 runs conceded per wicket taken and a sensational strike rate of 15.18 balls bowled per wicket taken. Unfortunately, in both these seasons (2020-21 and 2021-22), the Sydney Thunder faltered in its first match of the playoff stage to be knocked out immediately.
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