Harjas Singh was the star for Australia in the U19 World Cup final against India as he scored 55 runs in 64 balls to help the Aussies post a respectable score of 253-7 in 50 overs. The southpaw didn’t have a great outing in the previous matches, having scored just 49 runs in six innings, but stood up for the team when it mattered the most. Harjas draws inspiration from Australian veteran Usman Khawaja.
Who Is Harjas Singh?
Harjas was born in Sydney in 2005, five years after his father moved to the city from Chandigarh, India. He started his cricketing journey at Revesby Workers Cricket Club, at the tender age of eight years. Harjas’ father, Inderjit Singh, was a state boxing champion in Chandigarh, Punjab while his mother, Avinder Kaur was a state-level long jumper.
Ahead of the World Cup, Harjas revealed that he still has his family in India and he last visited the country in 2015.
“I still have family back in Chandigarh and Amritsar. We have a house in Sector 44-D, but the last time I was there was 2015. Thereafter, cricket took over, and I never got the opportunity. My uncle still lives there.”
Meanwhile, Harjas opened up on his kock in the World Cup final and said that his ability to play spin well helped him score valuable runs.
“To start off, the pacers and spinners were bowling well. I took my time with the field spread out, then when the bad balls were there to hit, I hit them. Playing spin is certainly my strong point and we had our tour to Sri Lanka in the off period, that has certainly helped me. We are happy with this total, given our bowling performance and how good our quicks have been. Hopefully, we can defend it,” said Harjas.