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10 cricketers of Indian origin who are playing the 2016 T20 World Cup

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Munis Ansari (Oman)

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Munis Ansari (born April 1, 1986) debuted for the Omani national side at the 2013 World Cricket League Division Three tournament. A right-arm pace bowler, his slinging bowling action has been likened to that of Lasith Malinga, although he does not produce the same speed. Ansari began his cricket career in his native country of India. He was born in Sehore, Madhya Pradesh, a city near the state capital of Bhopal. After failing to gain selection for the state team, he began to play in corporate tournaments in the Middle East, eventually relocating to Oman permanently.

Ansari made his international debut for Oman at the 2013 WCL Division Three tournament in Bermuda, and took 16 wickets from only six matches, the most of any player. His best figures, 4/72, came against Italy in the fifth-place playoff. Ansari has since played for Oman in various ICC and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) tournaments, including at the 2015 World Twenty20 Qualifier.

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Anshuman Rath (Hong Kong)

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Anshuman Rath made his One-Day International debut for Hong Kong on November 8, 2014 against Papua New Guinea in Australia. He made his Twenty20 International debut for Hong Kong against Nepal at the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament on July 15, 2015. He made his first-class debut for Hong Kong against the United Arab Emirates in the 2015–17 ICC Intercontinental Cup tournament on November 11, 2015.

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Rajesh Ranpura (Oman)

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Rajeshkumar Jagdishchandra ‘Rajesh’ Ranpura made his debut for the Omani national side at the 2011 ACC Twenty20 Cup, aged 28, and has played regularly for the side since then. He played in all eight of Oman’s matches at the 2012 World Twenty20 Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates, which were accorded full Twenty20 status. Ranpura was born in Palanpur, Gujarat.

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Gurinder Sandhu (Australia)

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Gurinder Singh Sandhu (born 14 June 1993) has represented Australia internationally. Of Indian descent, he is a tall fast bowler. He played for the Australia Under-19 cricket team in the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Sandhu made his senior cricket debut for the Sydney Thunder in the 2011–12 Big Bash League season. He made his List A and First-class cricket debut for New South Wales at the end of the 2012–2013 Australian cricket season.

Sandhu, born in Blacktown, New South Wales, is the first male cricketer of Indian ancestry to represent Australia in an international tournament. His parents emigrated to Australia in the 1980s. In March 2013, Sandhu was voted the Australian Cricketers’ Association player of the month.

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Ajay Lalcheta (Oman)

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Ajay Vrajlal Lalcheta (born 22 October 1983) is an Omani cricketer of Indian origin. From Gujarat, Lalcheta played underage cricket in India before emigrating to Oman, making his debut for the Omani national side at the 2011 ACC Twenty20 Cup. He played five matches at the 2012 World Twenty20 Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates, which were accorded full Twenty20 status. He was born in Porbandar.

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Inderbir Singh Sodhi aka Ish (New Zealand)

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Inderbir Singh Sodhi (born 31 October 1992), known as Ish Sodhi, Northern Districts in the New Zealand team. He bowls right-arm leg spin, and bats right-handed.

Sodhi began his career representing Northern Districts in the 2012–13 season. He made his debut for New Zealand in a Test match against Bangladesh during New Zealand’s tour of Bangladesh in October 2013. He made his T20I debut against the West Indies in July 2014. In November 2014 Sodhi was selected for a 3-test series against Pakistan cricket team. In the First Test, he scored 63, a personal best and the best score for a number 10 batsman for New Zealand cricket team in test cricket. He made his One Day International debut for New Zealand against Zimbabwe on 2 August 2015.

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Kinchit Shah (Hong Kong)

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Kinchit Devang Shah (born December 9, 1995) is an Indian-born Hong Kong cricketer. He is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm offbreak bowler. He is also the contributing wicket-keeper.

Shah made his T20 cricket debut against the Canada cricket team on March 15, 2012. He made his One Day International debut for Hong Kong on November 8, 2014 against Papua New Guinea in Australia. He made his Twenty20 International debut on November 24, 2014 against Nepal in Sri Lanka.

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Sunil Narine (West Indies)

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Sunil Philip Narine (born May 26, 1988) is a Trinidadian cricketer who plays for the West Indies in all forms of the game. Primarily an off-spin bowler, he is also a left-handed batsman.

Domestically, Narine has played for Trinidad and Tobago since 2009 and made his One Day International debut in December 2011, and Test debut in June 2012. Narine’s participated in the 2012 Indian Premier League where he represented Kolkata Knight Riders and was named Player of the Tournament in his first season with 24 wickets at a miserly 5.47 runs per over. He also became the first player in IPL 2013 to take a hat-trick on 16 April 2013 playing for Kolkata Knight Riders against Kings XI Punjab at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.

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Jatinder Singh (Oman)

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Jatinder Singh (born March 5, 1989) is an Omani cricketer who made his debut for the Omani national side at the 2011 World Cricket League Division Three tournament. He is a right-handed top-order batsman.

Born in Ludhiana, India, to Punjabi parents, and raised in Oman, Jatinder represented the Omani under-19 side in five matches at the 2007 ACC Under-19 Elite Cup. He served as Oman’s wicket-keeper at that tournament, and, unusually, all five of his dismissals were stumpings. Jatinder made his senior debut for Oman in January 2011, aged 20, playing two matches in the WCL Division Three tournament. Both of these came against Italy. He was dismissed for a golden duck on debut in the group stages, caught by Hayden Patrizi off of Vince Pennazza, and did not bat in the third-place playoff, which Oman won. Jatinder played two further matches for Oman at the 2011 ACC Twenty20 Cup, where they finished third to qualify for the 2012 World Twenty20 Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates.

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Hashim Amla (South Africa)

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Hashim Mahomed Amla (born March 31, 1983) is a South African cricketer who bats at number three for South Africa in Test matches and opens for them in One Day Internationals (ODIs). He is also a former captain of the Proteas and is a right-handed batsman and occasional medium-pace bowler. He was South Africa’s Test captain from June 2014 to January 2016. He is currently ranked by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as the world’s number eight batsman in Tests and the world’s number five in ODIs. Amla became the first South African to score a Test match triple century when he scored 311 not out against England in 2012.

Of Indian origin; his grandparents migrated to South Africa from Gujarat.

 

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