What you look in a fast-bowler? Run-up, seam position, ability to bowl quick, good line and length, and last but not least, the movement off the pitch. If one has all of these especially at a growing age, it surely is an indication of star in making.
Mujtaba Yousuf might not be a known name in senior team as of yet but the youngster has achieved a lot of milestones in the age-group cricket. After doing exceedingly well in 2016-17 U-16 season, the left-arm seamer made it to the NCA camp, where top thirty U-16 cricketers of India were trained.
In the very next year, he shined for the J&K U-19 team in both limited-overs and multi-day tournaments, again finishing up in the NCA camp. This season, the Anantnag-born cricketer continued his excellent run at the U-19 level, owning him the maiden senior team call-up.
At the age of 18, Mujtaba today debuted for J&K in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy against Nagaland, leaving a mark in his very first match. The pacer scalped one wicket while gave away mere 17 runs in his 3 overs.
It would be interesting to see how he bowls against strong oppositions in the coming matches.