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Gurinder Sandhu,Indian-origin fast-bowler,is New South Wales’ best cricketer

Sandhu is also the first rookie to win the medal. He has played only two Sheffield Shield four-day matches and four domestic limited-overs fixtures so far

Up-and-coming Australian pacer Gurinder Sandhu on Thursday toppled veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin to win the prestigious Steve Waugh Medal as the best New South Wales cricketer for the year 2012-13. Sandhu is the first Australian of Indian origin to represent the country at the international level (under-19).

Sandhu is also the first rookie to win the medal. He has played only two Sheffield Shield four-day matches and four domestic limited-overs fixtures so far. The 19-year-old right-arm quick,who made his first-class debut this month,took 14 wickets in four Ryobi Cup games and as many in just two Shield matches with a best effort of 5-31.

Sandhu,who lives in Blacktown,was an active member of the Australia team at the 2012 U-19 World Cup. He made his debut this season for the Sydney Thunder in the T20 Big Bash and also featured in the Prime Minister’s XI match against the West Indies. He also took four wickets in two Australia ‘A’ games against England ‘A’. Sandhu also won the Ryobi Cup player of the year,beating Steve Smith and Haddin.

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First published on: 29-03-2013 at 01:49:27 am
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