Indian Express – Written by Vishal Menon
| New Delhi |

Published:August 21, 2017 1:26 Sukhjit, who made his first-class debut for Warwickshire in May, was named England’s 12th man in the Edgbaston Test match against West Indies.

Summary

  • Written by Vishal Menon | New Delhi | Published:August 21, 2017 1:26 Sukhjit, who made his first-class debut for Warwickshire in May, was named England’s 12th man in the Edgbaston Test match against West Indies.
  • Eight years back, Gordon, Warwickshire’s cricket development officer, had spotted a restless teenager who juggled cricket, academics and long hours at a local supermarket.
  • Raised by her widowed mother Paramjit, a reluctant immigrant from Punjab, Sukhjit Singh, owing to his friendly disposition and radiant smile, was called Sunny on the cricket circuit.
  • Things changed in 2009 when Gordon, who was then associated with Chance to Shine, a charity organisation partially funded by the England and Wales Cricket Board came scouting for talent at Sukhjit’s school in Handsworth.
  • “He came to the game through neither family nor private school, rather a circuitous route starting in Punjab and ending at Edgbaston, via a state school, a supermarket job stacking shelves, the charity Chance to Shine, Birmingham club cricket, Warwickshire’s representative age-group teams and now first-class cricket.


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