Gurinder Sandhu was the name on the lips of all NSW fans towards the end of the 2012/13 summer as the big quick steamed home to win the coveted Steve Waugh Medal in his maiden season of senior cricket.
Cutting an imposing figure at 194cm, his height creates extra bounce to make life difficult for the batsmen, while his ability to consistently hit a good line and length has been a factor in his success so far.
An Australian U/19 representative, Gurinder was a surprise signing for the Thunder in BBL|02, giving fans a taste of his potential with three wickets from three matches. However, it was his form after the Big Bash that turned the most heads with 14 wickets in both the Ryobi Cup and Sheffield Shield competitions after Christmas.
Coach Chandika sees Gurinder playing a huge part in the Thunder's success this season, "I'm going to thrust big responsibility on his young shoulders in our bowling unit this year".
Gurinder is of Indian heritage and speaks Punjabi and a little bit of Hindi. He still travels back to India every three or four years to visit family. He’s a stylish man too who wouldn’t look out of place starring in a Bollywood extravaganza!
The “G-Man” started playing cricket with his Dad in the backyard when he was just five-years-old. Just a year later he was already playing for his local club in the U/10s. He’s not the only talented player in his family, with his younger brother Harmon featuring for the Fairfield-Liverpool in the AW Green Shield (U/16) representative competition.
Amount of control and guile for someone his age is exceptional