A young Punjabi Australian has just made history - with 19 year old Gurinder Sandhu from Sydney named in the Australian under 19's cricket squad for the World Cup tournament to be held in Queensland.
He made his senior international debut for Australia in a One Day International against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in January 2015.
Gurinder Sandhu was recently selected for IPL-08 Auction for Delhi Daredevils team
This makes Sandhu the first Australian of Indian origin to represent the country in cricket at an international level. He is also the first Indian Australian to be signed up by any team in the Australian T20 series, the Big Bash League (BBL). Sydney Thunder has signed Gurinder on to play alongside big-name teammates including Michael Clarke, Chris Gayle and Shahid Afridi.
Speaking to SBS Radio Punjabi program EP Manpreet Singh, the right arm pace bowler told SBS he has been playing cricket all his life, starting off in the backyard as a small child. Speaking of how he came to be selected to play for Australia, he said:
"A lot of hard work... a lot of training... but I guess hard work pays off in the end." Gurinder also paid tribute to his father, Iqbal Sandhu, who "...has been training me since before I could walk, taking me down to the park with a bat or a ball in the hand."
Gurinder is already in the Gold Coast playing warm-up matches against Pakistan in preparation for the World Cup, which starts on August 11, 2012.
SBS Punjabi program also spoke to Gurinder's father, Iqbal Sandhu, as well as Peter Young, Cricket Australia's General Manager, Public Affairs.
Peter Young told SBS: "Cricket has always been a game for all Australians, but...we're excited about the fact that we are increasingly seeing people from more diverse backgrounds representing Australia... and there's one further step when we have an Indian fast bowler stepping up to take the new ball for Australia in the [under 19's] World Cup."
To listen to the full interviews with Gurinder and Iqbal Sandhu and Peter Young, go to sbs.com.au/punjabi or facebook.com/pages/SBS-Punjabi.
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