Gurinder Sandhu was one of the finds of last summer for the NSW Blues. The 20 year old finished the season averaging around 14 in both First-class and 50 over cricket; an incredible achievement for any bowler.
He was thrust into the struggling Sydney Thunder squad, picking up three wickets in his three appearances. He saved the best for his last match, removing Australian players David Hussey and Glenn Maxwell.
What followed was a stunning run of form in the Ryobi Cup that no one saw coming.
Sandhu took three wickets against the Redbacks in both their encounters, another trio of victims against the Warriors, and decimated the Tigers with a destructive 5/35 in Hobart.
The right-armed seamer had always been spoken about as a future talent after starring with the ball at under-19 level. However, even he would have been pleasantly surprised with his achievements thus far.
A further four scalps in two matches against the English Lions capped off a memorable couple of months with the white ball.
NSW selectors rewarded his impeccable form with a spot in the Shield side for the final two matches of the season.
Bowling second change, Sandhu dismantled the highly fancied Bushrangers with a brutal spell of 5/31.
The dream run continued at the SCG the following week, with Sandhu snaring seven wickets in the match against South Australia.
All this resulted in him winning the coveted Steve Waugh Medal as player-of-the-season, despite playing in less than half the matches!