Former Indian allrounder Irfan Pathan, who has taken over as coach cum mentor of Jammu and Kashmir cricket team, on Thursday kick-started talent hunt. Pathan was roped in by Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association as mentor-cum-coach arrived in Srinagar earlier this week and held selections in north Kashmir, south Kashmir and central Kashmir.
It was a long but satisfying day for me seeing abt 100 kids from Kashmir districts today who got selected playing and performing in Jkca tournament. Some will get picked for another camp going forward and some will get expirence. Looking forward to tomorrow for another group of boys. And ppl who are asking about Jammu.The same process will be happening for all the Jammu districts #cricket #love
The shortlisted players were then called in for a selection process that is being monitored and held by Irfan Pathan himself. After the end of the first session, Pathan asked all the shortlisted players to work hard in order to achieve their dreams.
“I am happy to see such a raw talent. My only suggestion to all of you that there is no substitute to hard work,” Pathan said.
Referring to the success of a Pakistan bowling legend Wasim Akram, Pathan said, “All of you may have seen Wasim Akram bowling those lethal, accurate Yorkers. But hardly anyone among you knows the hard work behind that. To make only his Yorkers work in the match, Wasim bhai used to practice only Yorkers for around one and half hour in nets. It is only about Yorkers and one can himself imagine what type of training schedule the top cricketers follow”.
Emphasizing on the maintaining the highest level of fitness he said, “In modern day cricket, having top skills only without being at your best in fitness is not going to work. One has to take care of his fitness levels at every age group. It also helps whether you are a bowler or batsman”.