Thunder rookie could make history in BBL|09

07 November 2019

Teenage leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha is being backed by his coach to impress in the upcoming Big Bash campaign

Sydney Thunder coach Shane Bond believes teenage leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha can survive and thrive in the KFC Big Bash this summer.

Sangha, 17, was on Thursday confirmed as a new two-year signing at the club, after being one of their KFC Big Bash development players last year.

A member of Australia's Under-19s squad when aged just 16, Sangha has been a highly-touted prospect from Sydney in recent years, and his potential rise in BBL|09 comes after the club lost front-line leg-spinner Fawah Ahmed to Perth.

"It was a natural progression to promote him," Bond said. "When it comes to Tanveer's skill and ability, I have no problems thinking he can take the step up and play successfully in the Big Bash League.

"It's not just his talent, it's also his temperament and cricket brain. Tanveer has all the elements we want."

If he was to debut against Brisbane Heat in the Thunder's season opener next month, Sangha would be aged 18 years and 21 days, overtaking Jake Doran as the club's youngest player. It would also make him the league's second-ever youngest player after the Heat's Afghan star Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who was 17 when he debuted last year.

Tanveer rips another leg break at the NCC // cricket.com.au
Tanveer rips another leg break at the National Cricket Centre in July // cricket.com.au

The rookie leggie insists such a prospect wouldn't faze him, and that regardless of the opponent, he'll be prepared to play aggressive cricket in tossing the ball up to take wickets.

"You have to be mentally tough and keep throwing it up there," Sangha told AAP.

"They (the batsmen) are not machines. They're not going to hit you for six every ball perfectly.

"They are human as well. They're allowed to make mistakes.

"So over the years I've tried to just trust my ability and believe in myself that I can keep bowling good balls and keep trusting it."

Sangha only began bowling leg spin at age 13, and went from being picked in his first district representative team to playing for an Australian Under-16s side in one year.

"Just thinking right now, if I played Big Bash – the crowd, the venue and all the international stars, it would be unreal," said Sangha, who is no relation to teammate Jason.

"No matter how young, it would be amazing to have the experience of what professional cricket is all about."

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