As Australia cruises past South Africa, Sangha shines in her debut.

Tanveer Sangha, a young spinner from Australia, demonstrated that he could be a force to be reckoned with during the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup by taking the best figures on T20 debut by an Australian player in more than 18 years against South Africa in Durban on Wednesday.

Sangha was a surprise inclusion in Australia’s preliminary squad for the 13th World Cup, which will be held in India later this year, and the leg-spinner displayed some match-winning qualities, taking 4/31 in the first match of the three-game series against the Proteas.

Sangha had a sensational debut, taking crucial wickets of Aiden Markram, Dewald Brevis, Tristan Stubbs, and Marco Jansen as Australia cruised to a 111-run victory.

Sangha was only called up to Australia’s XI after first-choice spinner Adam Zampa fell ill on the morning of the match, and the 21-year-old put in a performance that will put him in contention for his side’s final World Cup squad of 15 players.

Australia captain Mitch Marsh, who led the tourists with 91, praised Sangha and believes the right-armer has a long and prosperous international career ahead of him.

“He’s an incredible young talent.” “He’s got great character, and he’s going to fit right into international cricket,” Marsh said after the win.

Sangha’s figures were the best by an Australian male debutant in more than 18 years, with former pacer Michael Kasprowicz recording similar figures of 4/29 against New Zealand in Auckland in February 2005.

While Sangha’s efforts received the most attention, Marsh and fellow all-rounder Tim David (64) laid the groundwork for victory with a 97-run stand in quick succession, allowing Australia to post a massive score of 226/6 from their allotted 20 overs.

In reply, Reeza Hendricks (56) scored a stylish half-century for the Proteas, but some impressive new-ball bowling from Marcus Stoinis (3/18) and debutant Spencer Johnson (2/33) as well as Sangha’s blistering spell during the middle overs ensured a big win.

It was the perfect way for Marsh to commence his reign as Australia’s T20 captain and the in-form all-rounder was happy to contribute some runs and claim the Player of the Match award in the process.

“It’s always nice to start a three-match series with a win, and my job is to score runs, so it was nice to get a couple,” Marsh said.

“I thought Tim David was fantastic, the way he batted took the pressure off me.

“It was a really good partnership, and he batted beautifully.”

The next match in the series is again in Durban on Friday, with the series then concluding at the same venue on September 3.