Skipper Sangha chasing World Cup dreams for Australia

Indian-origin player Jason Jaskirat Singh Sangha has been named the captain of Australia U-19 team for the upcoming World Cup.

Jason Sangha of CA XI celebrates after reaching a century during the four-day tour match between Cricket Australia XI and England at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville, Australia.   -  Getty Images

Last month, when Jason Jaskirat Singh Sangha hammered his maiden first-class century against the touring England side, he became a talking point both in Australia and India. The 18-year-old Indian-origin player had become the youngest batsman since Sachin Tendulkar to score a first-class ton against England.

Now, just after a month, the same cricketer has been asked to lead Australia in the U-19 World Cup, which begins in New Zealand next month.

Looking ahead at the forthcoming U-19 World Cup, Sangha makes it clear that one can’t always keep thinking about that one knock for Cricket Australia XI.

“It was good batting with Matthew Short (a debutant), both scoring our first-class tons. The tension now is to (focus) on upper (level) cricket. It’s good to have got that confidence that I can compete at that level. I can’t keep always worrying about one score and will keep moving on,” Sangha said in an interview facilitated by Cricket Austraila.

Sangha, who has his roots in Punjab, has been one of the most talked about young talents in Australia. The captaincy is a sweet reward for his hardwork.

“Its good knowing that as a captain, I am doing the right things. I am lucky that I was with Will Sutherland and Param Uppal, who both are in the side as well. We have some real good guys in terms of leadership aspect to fall back on in New Zealand,” the youngster said.

Apart from captain Sangha, Australia will also rely on Will Sutherland (who happens to be James Sutherland’s son), Austin Waugh (Steve Waugh's son) and another player of Indian origin, Param Uppal, for success in the World Cup.

The captain is confident of a good show. “Best thing about our squad is that everyone, at some stage of their career, has played with one another. So, it’s really good and we have got a good group of guys. It is going to be a great tournament.”

“This team is extremely strong. Everyone has got lot of experience and we hope to bring the World Cup to Australia,” a confident Sangha signed off.