“Didn’t expect it”- Tanveer Sangha on being picked for Australia’s T20I series v New Zealand

After impressing in his first outing in the Big Bash League, 19-year-old leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha has been rewarded with a national team call up for the upcoming Australia’s tour to New Zealand.

The Australians will square off against the Kiwis in a five-match T20I series starting next month.

Tanveer Sangha went on to say that he wasn’t expecting a call up to the Australian T20I side and divulged how he was taken aback when selector George Bailey spoke to him.

The 19-year-old told AAP:

“I really didn’t expect it, at all. George Bailey called me up. He said I’d been picked for the New Zealand tour, the selectors were really impressed by my performance in the Big Bash, and he was looking forward to spending time with me. It is such a surprise. I didn’t have JL’s number. I got a nice text from him. Mum and dad were over the moon. Very proud and excited. I’m just trying to focus on BBL and the final we have on Sunday.”

The Sydney Thunder ace also talked about how nervous he was while playing in an elite competition like the BBL in front of the crowd and cameras.

However, he admitted he soon got used to it, and that helped in his development.

Tanveer Sangha had just turned 19 when he made his debut for Sydney Thunder this season.

The spinner is currently third on the list of highest wickets takers in the ongoing BBL.

Sangha has 21 scalps to his name at a strike rate of 12.42 along with an economy of 8.04 runs per over.

Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting lavished praise on Tanveer Sangha a few days ago and earmarked him to play for Australia soon.

Ponting was impressed with Sangha’s confidence and said to cricket.com.au:

“He’s a young bloke who looks like he’s pretty confident and in control of what he’s doing, and he bowls proper good balls so he might be someone they’d look to get into the system. “

Tanveer Sangha might have to wait in the wings a bit before representing Australia. Adam Zampa is expected to play as the first-choice spinner in the upcoming five-T20I series against the Blackcaps.

But before thinking about his Australia debut, Sangha will be keen to do well in the knockout phase of the BBL.

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