Sydney Thunder young gun Tanveer Sangha turning heads in maiden Big Bash League campaign

Following Shane Warne’s retirement in 2007, the search for Australia’s next great leg spinner was fairly tedious.

Subsidiary tweaker Stuart MacGill stepped away from the game, Brad Hogg followed suit soon after, and Victorian veteran Bryce McGain had a horror debut in South Africa.

Even Steve Smith was selected as a bowler on his Test debut, before thankfully deciding to focus on his batting.

Queensland’s Mitchell Swepson has been impressive in the Sheffield Shield, but another young leggie has emerged from the domestic cricket wilderness.

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Sydney Thunder’s Tanveer Sangha has been turning heads during his maiden season of Big Bash cricket, and is currently the club’s highest wicket-taker.

The 19-year-old phenom has taken 10 wickets in six BBL matches, boasting one of the tournament’s best bowling averages.

Tanveer Sangha of the Thunder.Source:Getty Images

“He’s come on and lit the stage up straight away,” teammate Chris Green told

“That’s the exciting part about (the BBL), it provides young players with an opportunity to showcase what they’ve got and put them on the map.”

Sangha is yet to make his first-class debut, but could potentially be selected for the New South Wales Blues when Nathan Lyon departs for international commitments.

Thunder paceman Chris Tremain praised Sangha for his temperament, a critical characteristic of any leg bowler.

“Regardless of who he’s bowling too and at what time, he’s been able to make it work for him,” Tremain told

“What I’m looking forward to seeing from Tanveer over the next few years is when people start to work him out. That’s when he’s going to develop even further, when people start to make up plans to counteract how good he is and try to nail his weaknesses, not that I’ve seen many.

“But when someone works him out … or he starts to plateau out as a performer, he’s going to then find a way to get better again, then he’s really going to explode.

“Eventually – it happens to everyone – he’ll hit a bit of adversity, and that temperament that he shows during the game will shine through when he hits that adversity, and then he’ll become what he’s meant to be, which is a very, very, very good leg spin bowler.”

Tanveer Sangha of the Thunder.Source:Getty Images

Sangha produced a season-best performance against the Melbourne Renegades on Boxing Day, claiming 4/17 in a classy four-over spell.

The teenager removed Australian one-day captain Aaron Finch for 20 and Afghanistan international Mohammad Nabi for one to help dismiss the Renegades for 80.

Sangha represented Australia at the U19 Cricket World Cup earlier this year, where he was comfortably the team’s highest wicket-taker with 15 scalps at 11.46 and an economy rate of 3.58.

The Thunder will once again take on the Renegades at Metricon Stadium on Friday evening.


Jhye Richardson (SCO) – 11.11

Mujeeb Ur Rahman (HEA) – 13.57

Tanveer Sangha (THU) – 13.70

Steve O’Keefe (SIX) – 13.75

Liam Hatcher (STA) – 14.33


Mujeeb Ur Rahman (HEA) – 5.93

Jack Wildermuth (HEAT) – 6.25

Jhye Richardson (SCO) – 6.38

Tanveer Sangha (THU) – 6.42

Adam Milne (THU) – 6.54

* Minimum 10 overs

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