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Speeding to fame: From Kashmir to IPL, Rasikh leaps up the cricketing ladder

Speeding to fame: From Kashmir to IPL, Rasikh leaps up the cricketing ladder
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Kulgam: Amid the volatile situation across South Kashmir, this youth from Kulgam district has made news for something different. The youth a speedster, is all set to feature in the 12th edition of thrilling T-20 Indian Premier league (IPL).
17-year-old teenage pacer, Rasikh Salam Dar, son of Abdul Salam Dar of Bhan Ashmuji area of Kulgam district has been offered to play for the Mumbai Indians in their 25 member squad for IPL-2019. He was offered a sum of 20 lakh for his participation in the team.
Belonging to a middle class family, Rasikh is youngest among four siblings and is presently enrolled at Government Degree College Kulgam in B.A first year.
His father is a government teacher, mother a housewife while as his brother and two sisters are pursuing their studies.
After the Vijay Hazare trophy, Rasikh was called for the trails in the Mumbai Indians camp and was picked up by them after watching his ability to swing the ball both ways, said Aadil Bashir, a friend and neighbour of Rasikh.
He made his debut against Rajasthan in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where he showed his skills, Aadil said, adding that “I am sure he will perform well if he gets a chance to prove his skill in coming edition of the IPL.”
As per his family, people from neighbouring villages have been visiting here to congratulate them over Rasikh’s selection in Mumbai Indians team.
“We are very much happy with his selection and hope that he gets a chance to prove his mettle on the field,” they said, adding that he was working to realize his dream of playing professional cricket from primary school days as cricket is his passion.
Pertinently, Rasikh is third Kashmiri to become part of IPL. Before him Parvaiz Rasool and Manzoor Pandav were part of IPL teams.
However, Manzoor was never given a chance in playing eleven while Rasool played some matches.
This year lone Kashmiri international cricketer Parvez Rasool, batsman Manzoor Pandav and pacer Umar Nazir from Pulwama were in the auction but remained unsold.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted ganaie@kashmirvision.in

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