Manzoor Dar is still an unknown name for the Indian cricket fans, but the all-rounder from Jammu and Kashmir is a big name back home due to his hitting prowess. Last year, he was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 20 lakh but failed to get a single game but this year he will be hoping to get lucky for the second time and also make his IPL debut.
Nicknamed Pandav in the J&K cricket circle, the resident from Bandipora hails from a farmer’s family. The oldest among the 12 siblings, which includes eight brothers and four sisters, he had to once temporarily give up on his dream to play cricket and take up the job of a security guard to support his family.
In an interview with the IPL website, he said: “I needed to help the family and guarantee that every one of the kin went to school, and in the meantime play cricket [as well]. I plan to end our hardships now.”
“I was in Jammu for the trials when I was chosen for the IPL. I called up my mom and she started crying,” said the emotional cricketer.
Dar is known to rattle oppositions with his big-hitting ability and was able to contribute in equal measure with the ball. The Six-foot-two-inches right-hander has so far played nine T20 matches for J&K, scoring 185 runs with an average of 30.83. He also picked up six wickets with his right-arm off breaks and had a miserly economy rate of just 6.47.
Owing to big hitting skills, he soon came to be known as the ‘sixer man of Kashmir’ playing in the lower middle order. After J&K skipper Parvez Rasool became the first cricketer to play in IPL, Dar too followed his footsteps but is yet to make his mark. The Kashmiri cricketer will be hoping to get second time lucky and make a name for himself in this year’s edition.