IPL 2018: J&K Fans Flock Mohali To Watch Big-Hitting Manzoor Dar — Lone Kasmiri In IPL!

KXIP has never lifted the IPL trophy and would dearly be hoping a change of fortunes in the upcoming season

Manzoor Dar — a carpenter by the day and security guard by night and that is exactly what makes his story intriguing. He is the lone Jammu & Kashmir cricketer to get picked in Indian Premier League auctions 2018. It is a big thing for a Kashmiri cricketer to be picked as there is little cricket to be played in the state and no proper facilities are available for cricketers. Yet, the 24-year-old defied all odds to make it into the squad of one of the teams — KXIP.

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So why are we talking about him now?

Well, KXIP are having their regular practice at the Mohali ground. So all the cricketers, including Yuvraj Singh, are present at the camp. Dar’s fans travelled all the way from Kashmir to see their local boy rub shoulders with the big boys of the game. It was a crowd that cheered the player’s every move — be it throwing the ball or trying to hit big in the nets.

The training is already underway…

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Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab has undergone a revamp with Ravichandran Ashwin as their new captain. KXIP has never won the IPL title, however, they made it to the finals in 2014, losing out on the crown by a whisker to KKR.