How Sunny Sohal realized his dream of playing international cricket

Sunny Sohal is a part of the USA Cricket team at the moment. He has played three T20Is for the American team.

Also, Sohal plays in the Caribbean Premier League. He had pulled out of CPL 2020 owing to personal reasons. But, he is one of the few Indian players to have played in the Indian Premier League and the Caribbean Premier League.

The IPL fans would remember how Sunny Sohal made a name for himself with a half-century for the Deccan Chargers against the Chennai Super Kings in the 2011 season. Although the Deccan Chargers lost that match, Sohal provided an excellent start to the team in that game. Apart from the Deccan Chargers, Sunny Sohal also played for the Punjab Kings in the IPL.

In fact, he is from Punjab and represented his home IPL franchise for two seasons. Sunny earned 8 Lakhs INR for playing for the Punjab Kings in the first two seasons of IPL. The Deccan Chargers signed him for 10 Lakhs INR in the 2010 Auction. After DC got terminated in 2012, Sohal became a part of the RCB franchise in 2013.

Sunny Sohal’s IPL career ended after 2013

Unfortunately, Sohal never got an opportunity to play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore team. Talking about his numbers in IPL cricket, Sunny Sohal played 22 matches, scoring 368 runs at an average of 18.40. He had his best IPL season in 2011, where he amassed 249 runs in 10 innings for the Deccan Chargers.

Sadly, Sunny Sohal did not get a chance to play in the IPL after the 2011 season. Apart from IPL, Sohal also played U-19 cricket for India. He also played 21 first-class matches for the Punjab team.

Sunny Sohal moved to the USA in 2014, and made his debut in a T20I match for the American team in 2019. Sohal once stated that he was a victim of politics in Punjab cricket as a result he moved to the US.

“Had there been no politics, I think, I would have been playing cricket in India, where I started my career. However, I do consider that I was lucky and fortunate that I have been a part of the CPL, played for the US and many other tournaments too. I also want to help US cricket grow and it is improving here,” Sunny Sohal was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express.

Sunny Sohal thought of giving up cricket

Sunny Sohal was a talented player, and his numbers in the IPL proved that. However, because of a lack of opportunities, he once thought of leaving cricket forever. Here’s what he told to The Tribune in 2018:

“I can’t thank God enough. I am absolutely delighted over this opportunity coming my way, and I will give my best to make it count. I wasn’t happy with the chances I was getting back home.  In fact, for about a year before moving to the US, I had almost given up playing cricket. But then I landed in the US, the land of opportunities, and I was back on the ground, playing and enjoying the game again.”

After some consistent performances in the WCL, Sunny Sohal got an opportunity to realize his dream of playing international cricket. Unfortunately, he has not been that successful for the USA team in T20Is. Sunny has played 3 T20Is for the team, scoring 23 runs at a strike rate of 79.31.

Sunny Sohal made his T20I debut against Bermuda in August 2019. Soon after that, he played a T20I against Canada and the Cayman Islands. It will be interesting to see if Sohal could have a great career with the USA.

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