There have been numerous instances of talented players from other countries showing their talent and blossoming in excellent cricketers and the latest addition to this list could be Arjun Nair and Jason Sangha. Both these exceptionally gifted cricketers have Indian roots and are Australian born. Their cricketing skills were noticed pretty early by the administrators of Australian Junior cricket and today they both are proud members of the U-19 Australian cricket team.
Arjun was barely three years old when he showed his interest in playing cricket and his father, Jayanand Nair, a hockey player himself, took him to a coach. Arjun’s parents had migrated to Australia in 1996 and Arjun was born two years later. He played First Grade cricket at the age of 15 and is the youngest to do so. A natural all-rounder, Arjun Nair is an off-break bowler and a competent batsman in the top and middle order too. His debut performance against England in 2014 with a match-winning spell of 4/33, had the world taking notice of this talent youngster from the Australian U-19 team.
Jason is only 16 years old but he has already impressed former cricketers like Greg Chappell who has labelled him as one of the most promising batting talents to grace Australian cricket. An elegant No.3 batsman endowed with exceptional talent, Jason is keen to prove his prowess in the Australian U-19 team. He is the youngest in the side and lacks experience but batting averages of 40+ across all the formats that he has played augur well for this young wonder of Indian origin.
He would have got the opportunity to showcase his talent in the U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh but Cricket Australia has pulled out of the tournament citing security reasons.
There is a lot more the cricketing fans will hear about these two upcoming and gifted cricketers in the coming years and the thoroughness of Australian junior cricket is bound to bring out the best in them.
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