Tanveer Sangha is an Australian cricketer of Indian origin who gained significant attention in 2023 for his inclusion in Australia’s preliminary squad for the 2023 ODI Cricket World Cup.
Tanveer Sangha was born on Monday, 26 November 2001 (age 21 years; as of 2022) in Liverpool, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius. He completed his schooling at East Hills Boys High School, Panania, Sydney.
His father always encouraged him to play a variety of sports including rugby (American football), kabaddi, volleyball, football (soccer), and cricket during his childhood and wanted him to become a kabaddi or volleyball player; however, Tanveer later developed an interest in cricket and pursued a career in it.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Weight (approx.): 70 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
He belongs to a middle-class family.
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Joga Sangha who migrated to Australia from Rahimpur village in Jalandhar, Punjab, India in 1997 on a student visa and works as a taxi driver. His mother’s name is Upneet Sangha who works as an accountant. He has an elder sister.
Wife & Children
He is unmarried.
He has a cousin named Navi Nahal who also lives in Sydney.
He is single.
He follows Sikhism.
He started playing cricket for Liverpool Catholic Club for the Under-10 and later the Under-11 team. He won the Player of the Year award when he was playing for the Under-12 team. He later played for Ingleburn RSL Cricket Club as well. He later joined Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club, The Ghosts and played for the Under-17 team.
He used to open the innings in batting and was a fast bowler during his early career; however, he later became a legspinner. At the age of eighteen, he was selected for New South Wales Blues. He made his first-class debut for New South Wales (NSW) on 27 October 2021 against Victoria in Sheffield Shield Tournament; he scored 1 run in the first innings and got out on a duck in the second innings and took 3 wickets for 44 runs in the first innings and failed to take any wicket in the second innings. He made his List-A (one-day) debut for New South Wales on 24 November 2021 against Victora in The Marsh Cup and took 4 wickets for 21 runs.
Under-16 & Under-19
He played for the Australia Under-16 team in 2016 where he met Pakistani-Australian spinner, Fawad Ahmed, who became his mentor. In 2020, he played for the Australia Under-19 team in the Under-19 World Cup held in South Africa and took 15 wickets in the tournament.
Big Bash League (BBL)
He played his debut match in Big Bash League for Sydney Thunder on 12 December 2020 against Melbourne Stars and took 2 wickets for 26 runs. He finished the 2020-21 BBL season as the third-highest wicket-taker with 21 wickets at an average of 16.66. During one of the matches, West Indies Power hitter Andre Russell praised Sangha by calling him a big-hearted spinner who is not afraid of bowling to hitters.
In 2022, he was selected for Birmingham Phoenix as a replacement for Imran Tahir; however, he did not play any match for them.
Major League Cricket
In 2023, he was selected for Washington Freedom as a replacement for Wanindu Hasaranga; however, he did not play any match for them.
Tanveer Sangha owns a Kawasaki Ninja and Honda CBR.
- His batting style is right-handed, and his bowling style is leg-break spin.
- His favourite spinner is Yuzvendra Chahal, and he wants to play alongside him in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
- Tanveer Sangha won the Wests Group Macarthur Elite Sports Person of the Year Award in the Wests Sports Council 23rd Annual Sports Awards in 2021.
- In January 2021, he was selected for Australia’s T20I squad for the series against New Zealand; however, he did not play any match.
- In 2022, he suffered a stress fracture in his back which sidelined him from playing for almost 6 months.
- In August 2022, he toured MRF Academy in Chennai to work on his bowling.
- In August 2023, Tanveer Sangha was selected in the 18-member squad for the 2023 ODI World Cup, which would be later shortened to 15. Australian legendary cricketer, Ricky Ponting, was impressed by his bowling in Big Bash League and recommended his name to the selection board of Cricket Australia, headed by George Bailey.
- He also gives occasional cricket training to children at a local club.