A middle-order batsman and occasional offspinner, Jimmy Hansra made his Canada debut as an opener in an Intercontinental Cup game against Kenya in August 2009. It was an inauspicious start, as he was out for a duck and was shunted down the order in Canada's second innings. His turnaround came when he was promoted to No. 5 at the 2011 World Cup. Hansra impressed in the position, top-scoring against Pakistan with 43 before sharing matchwinning partnership with Ashish Bagai to beat Kenya. He made 70 in that match and repeated the score a few days later against New Zealand. As his batting fortunes improved he became a more trusted bowler, regularly delivering his offbreaks inside the Powerplay overs. Cricket Canada June 2011