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Jehangir Lone Wants to be the Best

LocalJehangir Lone Wants to be the Best

Born in Nowpora,of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district, Jehangir’s journey so far has been wonderful given his achievements among the local ranks as well as the different teams he has represented outside.jehangir Lone

Bowling with venom and hitting the ball to all corners of the park with exquisite timing has been the hallmark of the all-rounder’s career so far. The supremely talented all-rounder exuded confidence and sounded optimistic of “shining at higher levels.”The frolicking all-rounder from sounded pretty optimistic of breaking into the higher moulds. “I just want to represent J&K at the National level….And I am confident of doing it,” Jehangir told’ in an exclusive chat while expressing his great admiration to play in the Ranji Trophy. Jehangir, who represents his team—DCX1 Baramulla—aspires to be one of the best cricketing talents in the North Kashmir.  He guided his team to success in Baramulla Premier League by cracking a blistering 72 in the final besides scalping four important wickets thereby winning the MoM by exhibiting a great all-round show against Sopore X1.Coming from a middle class family, Jehangir says. The road to this journey has been full of potholes to add his woes was the death of his father at an early age. the young cricketer who sacrifice many things march towards achieving great heights in the game. The  all-rounder has already proved his mettle by representing JKPCPL, KPL, DCX1 and other prominent clubs of the valley. However, it is the success of Parvez Rasool and Khajuria that has prepped up Jehangir who know wants to follow in Rasool’s footsteps.

“Parvez has made all of us swell with pride. A state like J&K with limited sources of infrastructure and avenues will only admire the moment when of sportsperson makes it big.”I will cheer and cherish every moment for the rest of my life,” said the all-rounder while showering praise on Parvez for breaking new grounds for cricketers in Kashmir Having impressed international cricketers like , Sehwag, Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj and many others during Mushtaq Ali Memeorial Trophy in 2014 and many other J&K cricketers who play in India’s domestic levels, Jehangir is hopeful of realizing his dream —representing J&K in the Ranji, one day.

“I was a bit nervous facing international cricketers delivering from a good height…but I managed to pull off one of the biggest moments of my career by hitting Yuzvendra twice to the park….I have also tasted success against other quality players of the valley during  the JKPPCL matches, and was declared best batsman of the tournament scoring 239 runs and took 12 wickets” says the vibrant and dynamic young cricketer. Travelling from the Mohalla cricket to play against the best in leagues like Mushtaq Ali Memorial trophy, JKPPCL, BPL, DTCPL and KPL has been a great experience for Jehangir who counts this graduation as steps closer to play in the Ranji Trophy. “If you are able to score big then you are guaranteed a place in India’s premier domestic league. I consider myself very lucky that I did justice with my talent in the prestigious league,” says Jehangir who has represented his team as an opening batsman and bowler in BPL so far. Starting his cricketing journey from Nowpora, Professor Showkat Ali Stadium Baramulla, Khushall Sports Stadium Sopore, Noorgh Sopore, Dungdara Play Field, Wagoora, Saloosa, Dolipora and many other play fields of the valley, Jehangir says that “the passion for cricket was ingrained in me since childhood when I was 13-years- old. There has been no looking back since then.”But as is the case with every sportsperson in Kashmir, Lone sees lack of better infrastructure and sports facilities as a huge deterrent in blooming of his and other cricketer’s career. “How can you expect hundreds of J&K cricketers to join the National and International levels when you are giving them shabby infrastructure to play on,” Lone adds while referring to the poor sporting facilities in his home constituency Sangrama. Having already passed the selection trails of of many Premier Leagues, Jehangir dreams of playing in the  league where he adds that “one gets to rub the shoulders with the best talent  in the state.”Meanwhile, senior cricketer from DCX1 Baramulla Babloo Singh praised Jehangir’s talent and said that he is set to play a long innings in his life.“I have hardly seen a cricketer who is as gifted and talented as Jehangir. He is soft spoken and very focused on his game. I wish him all the best for future proceedings,” said Babloo. There is hardly any cricketing ground in Kashmir where this batsman has not entertained the spectators, even of the players.  cricketer who loves the Crackling sound of his willow than anything else. Jehangir did Masters in Clinical Psychology  inspired by Virat Kohli he added “my favourite cricketer is Virat Kohli he is the one  who motivates me.” Jehangir, picked up the bat at a tender age of 13 years.  This 27-year-old talented batsman of Nowpora Baramulla has the hunger and belief that he would make the people of his state proud one day fulfilling his dream of Representing J&K in Mushtaq Ali Memorial Trophy in 2014 is a big achievement and proud moment for me,” lone said. Jehangir may have played just few Mushtaq Ali Memorial Trophy game so far but the impact he has left in such a short stint is enough to prove his Credentials. “I don’t remember the exact number of runs that I have scored. But I am sure that I have scored more than 20 Hundreds and took over 100 wickets till now. My career’s highest score is 182 (JKCA Tournament) which I hit at Noorgh Sopore ground,” he recalls. He can bowl, can bat, can field. Remember Nowpora is a birth place of many renowned cricketers like GM War. Rustum, Babloo Singh and many others.

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