Raj Angad Bawa was just another happy-go-lucky kid, who effortlessly got good grades in school and loved to groove to the beats of Bhangra till he was 13 years old. A young Raj Bawa produced a heroic performance with both bat and ball in the high-octane low-scoring title clash against England to help the Indian team create history and lift a record-extending fifth ICC U19 World Cup trophy in Antigua on Sunday. The son of Sukhwinder Bawa, who had coached the likes of Yuvraj Singh and VRV Singh, had picked up a 4-wicket haul in their win over South Africa. In this article, we will look at who is Raj Bawa’s father and Grandfather.
Who is Raj Bawa’s father?
Sukhwinder Bawa is the father of Raj Angad Bawa. Sukhwinder coached the likes of Yuvraj Singh. Sport ran in the family but the coach in Sukhwinder was elated when Raj decided to give cricket more precedence over family. As a child, Raj would see his favorite Yuvi Paaji train day in and day out with his father and soon watching turned to imitation as Raj had a new role model.
“He went on tour with me to Dharamshala and saw a lot of intense matches being played out. After that, he started sitting with me in team meetings and his interest in cricket arose from there. After that, he started playing seriously. He was a topper in his school. Even in class ninth, he came second in school.”Raj Bawa’s father Sukhwinder Bawa
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Who is Raj Bawa’s grandfather?
Tarlochan Singh Bawa was the grandfather of Raj Angad Bawa. Tarlochan Singh Bawa was the famous hockey player. He also won gold medal for India in 1948 Olympics. Sukhwinder wasn’t even born when his father Tarlochan Singh Bawa had played alongside Balbir Singh Senior to win independent India’s maiden Olympic hockey gold in London during the 1948 Games. Tarlochan made a big impact for India in the 1948 London Olympics, scoring two goals, one of which came in the final against hosts Great Britain. It was in the genes of Bawa family to indulge in sports.
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Raj Bawa in U19 WC
Throughout the tournament there have been several star performers for India in their unblemished run to the U19 World Cup crown but in the final one man stood out and put his hands up on the biggest stage for a budding cricketer. His name — Raj Angad Bawa. The all-rounder made key contributions with both the bat and ball in the U19 World Cup final against England to win the man of the match award. Throughout the tournament Bawa showcased his brilliant abilities with both the bat and ball. He was in rampaging form in the match against Uganda, smashing 162 not out off just 108 balls.
In the final, Bawa had a huge impact. He became the first Indian cricketer to bag a fifer in an ICC tournament final and then followed it up with a crucial knock of 35 off 54 balls as India chased down the 190-run target with four wickets remaining and 14 balls to spare. Bawa ended up being India’s second highest run-getter in the tournament and the third highest-wicket taker for the team. He scored a total of 252 runs in the U19 World Cup at an average of 63 and a strike-rate of 100.80. The 19-year-old was behind only Vicky Ostwal (12) and Ravi Kumar (10) in India’s top wicket-takers list. Bawa took a total of nine wickets at an average of 16.66 and an economy rate of 4.50.
At last, these are the details of Raj Bawa’s father and grandfather.