Jason Sangha
Jason Sangha (Credit: BBL)

Australia’s next batting sensation Jason Sangha walked into Big Bash League (BBL) record books after becoming the youngest to hit fifty in the annual tournament. On debut, playing for Sydney Thunder, the highly-rated middle-order batsman struck an unbeaten 63 off 36 for a memorable debut to help his team postt 181/5 against Melbourne Stars on Friday.

He stitched a 77-run partnership with Daniel Sams (34) to push Thunder to a challenging total while belting four fours and as many sixes.

At 19 years and 104 days, Sangha completed his half-century of just 30 deliveries in a rain-affected encounter.

Considered to be the next big thing in Australian cricket, Sangha has often been compared to legendary Ricky Ponting with the likes of Adam Gilchrist and Kerry O’Keeffe drawing parallels between the two batsmen.

Sangha was the captain of the Australian team that made the final of the ICC U-19 World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year and recently cracked a century against England in a tour game. Apart from that, he also scored a century while playing for New South Wales in Australia’s domestic first-class competition Sheffield Shield.

“It was good fun out there,” Sangha told Fox Cricket at the innings break. “Me and Sams at the end what a click…we’ve been close together for a long time. We knew the runs were going to come in the last few overs…so it was a great knock.