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Jason Sangha: Australian cricket's next big thing

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Jason Sangha's star is rising and the future for the 19-year-old and Australian cricket looks bright.

Last year Jason Sangha became the youngest man behind Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar to score a century against England,  aged 18.

Now 19, he refuses to rest on past glories.

"It was just one game and I was lucky enough to get the hundred - it was a massive confidence-booster for me but it's definitely not everything," the teen told SBS News.

Jason and his mother Silvia
Jason and his mother Silvia.
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In 2017, he also became the first man of Indian origin to captain the Australia Under-19 side,  in a sign cricket in Australia is changing with the times.

His development coach at Cricket NSW Anthony Clark believes Sangha has what it takes to make it all the way to the top.

"I think Jason's very talented and clearly a very good player that's been earmarked for higher honours going forward so I think if he works hard I'm sure in time he'll get his opportunity," Mr Clark said.

Jason was encouraged to be a leader not a follower by his father Kuldeep who held the 200-metre sprint record in India before coming to live in Australia. His mother Silvia was a high jumper. 

Jason Sangha is already regarded as one of this country's most exciting cricket prospects.
Jason Sangha is already regarded as one of this country's most exciting cricket prospects.
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With a background like that its no surprise Jason is on the road to a career as a professional athlete.

His father used to haul a bowling machine up a hill in Newcastle where Jason grew up,  spending endless hours batting and batting to polish his technique.

One thing his parents have taught him is to never take anything for granted and to work hard to improve every day.

Jason became just the third player to be signed by NSW while still at school. 

He admits when he first started training with the big names,  he tried to impress at every training session.

Now he's happy to make mistakes with the overall mission of improving his game. 

He visited Chennai last year,  but because his cricket career is developing so quickly, Sangha says he's missed out on opportunities to engage with his Indian heritage. 

"Ever since cricket got serious it's been hard. I was very lucky to go this year to Chennai, and just sort of understand a bit more and go back and appreciate my culture a bit more."

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