On Sunday, Virender Sehwag and Preity Zinta’s Kings XI Punjab picked up Kashmiri batting sensation Manzoor Dar for this edition’s IPL. Dar, nicknamed, Pandav after the Mahabharata’s Bhim for his immense strength and size
On Sunday, Virender Sehwag and Preity Zinta’s Kings XI Punjab picked up Kashmiri batting sensation Manzoor Dar for this edition’s IPL. Dar, nicknamed, Pandav after the Mahabharata’s Bhim for his immense strength and size.
Known for his power-hitting, he was won a couple of matches in the recently concluded Mushtaq Ali T20 North Zone tournament for Jammu and Kashmir.
He was bought by KXIP for his of Rs 20 lakh and will be teaming up with big man Chris Gayle, who was also picked at the fag end of the auction.
However, other J&K cricketers were given a miss. Parvez Rasool, who was capped wasn’t even part of the auction, while Umar Nazir didn’t fetch any bids.
Interestingly, Dar is called Mr 100 metre sixer. His coach Abdul Qayoom had toldNews 18: “He is Mr 100 metre sixer man. He gives the ball a real thump. Last year in a match with Punjab, he hit a few sixes that were 100 metres plus,” recalls Qayoom. His coach explained that his 6 feet two inches, 84 kg ward could tilt the game in the space of 12 to 15 deliveries.
He reportedly got the nickname after he carried home three members of the opposite side into his own half. The soon of a labourer he hails from a poor family and they often struggle to make ends meet. He even juggles a few jobs, working as a security guard at night and wood craftsman by day, while packing in a few hours of practice.
For years he cycled from his workplace to the stadium, unable to pay fare. His big six-hitting abilities has made him part of folklore and local clubs pay him to destroy the opposition.
KXIP has now done that on a much bigger scale and the Kashmiri Pandav might soon be wreaking havoc in the Indian Premier League with a little tutelage from the likes of Chris Gayle and Virender Sehwag.