IPL 2018 Auctions: Meet the weightlifter, security guard & wood artist from J&K who could bag a big deal!

Dar had to leave school and earn a living due to financial problems but that didn't hold him back from following his passion — cricket

From working as a security guard in a private company to emerging as one of the brightest cricketing talents from Jammu and Kashmir, Parvez Rasool’s story is an example of how dedication and hard-work results in huge achievements. So what makes Manzoor Ahmad Dar’s tale different from Rasool’s? The hard-hitting 24-year-old from Bandipora has not had it easy at any point in his career but what makes him intriguing is the fact that he is also a weightlifter. But he could soon bag a big buck at the IPL Auctions 2018 which will take place on January 27 and 28.

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Talking to ANI, the Kashmiri star described how due to financial problems he had to leave school to earn a living. But cricket was his passion so he worked as a security guard in the day and practised at night.

Dar further added,

“I don’t remember the exact number of runs that I have scored. But I am sure that I have smashed more than 40 centuries till now. My career’s highest score is 211 which I hit at Narbal ground. There are a lot of talented boys in the valley, but they need good facilities and infrastructure to support their dreams.”

Here is what his coach Abdul Qayoom has to say about him,

“He is Mr 100 metre sixer man. He gives the ball a real thump. Last year in a match with Punjab, he hit a few sixes that were 100 metres plus. This boy has talent for the shorter game. Give him 12 to 15 deliveries and he will tilt the game in his team’s favour.”

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Rasool has already represented teams like Pune Warriors, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. So it’ll be interesting to see how the new Kashmiri on the block manages to fare at the auctions.