The right-handed middle-order batsman, Jason Jaskirat Singh Sangha is all set to make history in New Zealand when he becomes the first Indian-origin cricketer to lead Australia at an Under-19 World Cup. Interestingly, last year, the Indian-origin cricketer also became the youngest in Australia's history to be handed a rookie contract with New South Wales.
The Indian-origin cricketer has been part of Australia’s under-19 team since he was 16 and would have played the previous edition of the World Cup too, if not for his country’s decision to withdraw from the event in Bangladesh citing security threats. In addition to enhancing his cricketing credentials, Jason has also had to study for his Year 12 examinations. Sangha was selected along with another Indian-origin cricketer Param Uppal, Austin Waugh (Steve Waugh’s son) and Will Sutherland (Cricket Australia’s chief executive James Sutherland’s son).
Sangha whose grandfather Ram Singh sailed to Australia in the early 1920s for farming, is a fourth-generation Indian while Kuldip left behind a promising athletics career in Punjab to start a restaurant in Cogee before one in Newcastle, some 200 km north of Sydney.