High hopes for young cricketer Arjun Nair

SBS World News Radio: Arjun Nair is something of a cricket prodigy. At just 17 years old the Canberra-born teenager has already played for Australia's Under19's, and made his debut for New South Wales.

High hopes for young cricketer Arjun Nair

High hopes for young cricketer Arjun Nair

Arjun Nair is something of a cricket prodigy.

At just 17 years old the Canberra-born teenager has already played for Australia's Under19's, and made his debut for New South Wales.

And some astute judges believe the son of Indian immigrants is set to be one of this country's brightest stars.

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When someone of the cricketing profile of Greg Chappell says you've got talent, the wider sporting world starts taking notice.

The former captain of Australia and current National Talent manager believes Arjun Nair is set for a bright future.

But getting accolades like that isn't phasing the young New South Wales all-rounder.

"It's always good to get wraps from him. But then again, hard work, without that nothing will come. So I'll keep working hard and take the wraps on my way."

And that journey has already seen him star for Australia's Under19 team in January's Tri Series against New Zealand and Pakistan in Dubai.

Add in a debut for New South Wales against South Australia last month, and he's already done more than enough to impress the head coach of New South Wales Trent Johnston.

"He likes to take wickets, he likes to score runs and he likes to be in the game -- he likes to be the match winner. So, he fits very well into the mould of a NSW cricketer. We like to keep the game moving and play attacking cricket and Arjun is certainly one of those cricketers."

His father started throwing balls at him from the age of four; so, although he's still only 17, he's had many years of refining his undoubted skill.

But the environment at NSW is a big step-up from his Grade Cricket days with club side Hawkesbury.

He's now rubbing shoulders with the likes of Australia's number one test spinner Nathan Lyon and he's learning plenty of useful new skills.

"Nathan Lyon has been a big help in the nets and stuff, working on different filghts and different field settings, and all the boys have been really supportive of me they've encouraged me to do well -- which has been good."

Nair is very much a child of the Internet generation, and even learned some new bowling deliveries, such as the "doosra", from watching Youtube clips.

But importantly his skills have translated very well from the web to the wicket.

And according to Trent Johnston, Nair represents a new wave of talent with Indian backgrounds that are set to make their mark in the elite ranks of Australian cricket.

"We have a very good pathways system set up here and there's quite a few of the young Indian-origin players that are coming through the system, and you know without a shadow of a doubt it's not going to be long before we have more players coming through of Indian origin representing Australia."

Nair will also get the chance to develop his Twenty 20 skills as the reigning champion Sydney Thunder's development rookie later this year.

But for now he's just happy to be establishing himself in the NSW team, with perhaps just one eye on one day wearing the baggy green.

 






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Published 20 March 2016 at 1:00pm