After finishing Monday night's match against the Brisbane Heat at the top of the KFC Big Bash League’s Golden Arm table as the competition's leading wicket-taker, Sydney Thunder coach Shane Bond said it was crucial that teenage leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha wasn’t weighed down by too much pressure.
Sangha, who is in his rookie year, has so far captured 13 wickets, and even more attention, since taking the wicket of Melbourne Stars import Andre Fletcher with just the third ball of his first over in the BBL.
While Adelaide's Wes Agar has since leapfrogged Sangha as the competition's leading wicket-taker with 14, Bond attributed ‘temperament’ as one of the keys for the young player’s impact.
“It’s just temperament and confidence,” said Bond ahead of Thursday’s match against the Hobart Hurricanes in Perth. “He has a quiet confidence, but Tanveer also has a very good skillset. He’s a smart bowler, and it hasn’t taken people very long to realise what a good bowler he is.
“We’ve had Tanveer and Ollie Davies come in, and they’ve made telling differences to our team. We always believed Tanveer would go well, but I think he’s exceeded ours – and even his own – expectations with his results.
“What I like is he bowls to the game plan we set. We haven’t ever wanted to put too much pressure on him, but you can see the faith our captain Callum Ferguson has in him – and I think that says a lot.”
Brisbane Heat’s Chris Lynn, the BBL’s highest-ever run-scorer, is one of Sangha’s victims, and Bond said the calibre of batsmen he’d dismissed added to the excitement the player from south-west Sydney has generated.
“You can get cheap wickets in this competition, but he’s getting good ones,” said Bond. “He’s also getting them under pressure and making a difference in the game, and we’re recognising that.”
Meanwhile, Bond said he and Sydney Thunder’s medical staff had decided to take a “conservative approach” in relation to ruling all-rounder Dan Sams out of the match against the Hurricanes because of the concussion he suffered after his helmet was struck against the Heat.
“We’ve been conservative with all of our players when they’ve been injured, and I think we’ve benefitted from that,” said Bond. “I think you need to be more concerned by head knocks, and we won’t be playing Dan in this match.”
Sydney Thunder Squad vs Hobart Hurricanes
Callum Ferguson (12) (C)
Sam Billings (7)
Jonathan Cook (50)
Ben Cutting (31)
Ollie Davies (9)
Brendan Doggett (35)
Matt Gilkes (22)
Chris Green (93)
Alex Hales (6)
Baxter Holt (27)
Usman Khawaja (18)
Nathan McAndrew (44)
Adam Milne (10)
Arjun Nair (24)
Alex Ross (49)
Jason Sangha (32)
Tanveer Sangha (17)
Chris Tremain (20)
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