Born in Chiswick West London, Amar Virdi quickly took cricket to his heart and thanks to the coaching he received at Sunbury and through the various age group levels at both Middlesex and Surrey, 2016 has become his breakthrough season when following a successful year in Sunbury’s Surrey Premiership winning side in 2015 he has forced his way into recognition at the Oval where he has already captured 41 wickets for Surrey 2’s with a best performance of 5-37 against Hampshire just 10 days ago, just 3 days after his best ever return for Sunbury in a league match against Ashtead, that included Surrey star Dominic Sibley, of 6-67 in 30 overs
Asked who his cricketing heroes are Virdi quite obviously named two of the recent all time greats, both surprisingly off spinners. Saqlain Mushtaq because he revolutionised off-spin bowling when off-spinners were struggling when he introduced The Doosra and Harbhajan Singh for his all round enthusiasm and the atmosphere he creates with his team mates when he is bowling – it is thought Virdi could well be a combination between both his heroes as he begins his career path which could lead him to the very top of the tree. He has also really enjoyed his time at Surrey mixing with the likes of Zafar Ansari, Jason Roy, Arun Haranath and Sibley – all successful converts from the Surrey Championship to full time professional cricket as well as off spinner and captain Gareth Batty and Kumar Sangakarra, one of Sri Lanka’s all time cricketing greats all of whom have helped him in the short time he has been involved at the Kia Oval.
He has made it into Surrey’s reserve squad in 2016 and now hopes for a call into the 1st X1 to play a County Championship game at the Kia Oval before the end of the current season, and then onto the England Lions and hopefully England sometime in the years ahead!!
A level headed young man with a great future ahead.
Congratulations and well done Amar – everyone at Sunbury is justly proud of you.
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