Nineteen-year-old Sikh bowler Gurinder Sandhu has become the first cricketer of Indian origin in Australia to win the Steve Waugh Medal as the cricketer of year for New South Wales. This is the top award for any cricketer of Indian origin in Australia.
The son of a Punjabi cab driver, the right arm pacer has in fact become the first rookie to win the award, playing just two Sheffield Shield and four one-day matches during this season.
Sandhu beat former Test wicketkeeper Brad Haddin by three votes to bag the medal in Sydney on Thursday night.
In his debut against Victoria, Sandhu took 5 for 31 in just 11 overs. In the four matches he played, Sandhu took 14 wickets. He has also played for the Sydney Thunder, Chairman’s XI and Australia A this season.
Sandhu, who lives in Blacktown, was the active member of the Australia team at the 2012 Under-19 World Cup.
Congratulating Sandhu, Cricket NSW acting chief executive Michael Dalton said, “Gurinder has become the first rookie to win the award and it is amazing to think that he only played two out of 10 Shield matches and half the Ryobi Cup season. He is an impressive young man who has been a great addition to our squad and has shown that he has the ability and temperament to perform in all three forms of the game.”