Times of Kashmir

| 24 Aug 2019
Kashmir

Meet Jahid Trag, under-23 JKCA national cricketer from Tral

 

BASHARAT RASHID

TRAL : Jahid Trag (20), is a well known and young national cricketer from Tral area of South Kashmir, who aims to keep on playing good quality competitive cricket to make his homeland proud.

Playing as right arm fast bowler in Jammu Kashmir Cricket Association’s (JKCA) under-23 category, this talented fast bowler exuded confidence and sounded optimistic of shining at higher levels.

“The aim is to just keep on playing good quality competitive cricket and I’m sure I will make it big soon with hardwork,” Jahid said while expressing his great admiration to play in the Ranji Trophy.

Jahid, who has played various tournaments outside the state is presently at Delhi with JKCA under-23 national team. He has played u19 youth nationals and North zone inter university before.

In 2018, ‘Irfan Pathan gave him a chance to be the part of Ranji Trophy Camp,’ where he learned many cricketing skills.

“When Irfan Pathan saw me bowling in the trials he put me directly in the Ranji Trophy camp,I camped with all the Ranji Trophy players of J&K for about a month and a half,”Jahid said, adding that he got to learn a lot of things there.

In under-23 category of JKCA, the best bowling figures of young Jahid this year were 4 wickets in 5 balls, due to which Jahid was highly appreciated.

“The highlight from this year’s season was my spell against Vidarbha in where I took their first 4 wickets in 5 balls,” Jahid said.

While sharing his experience, Jahid said that he has faced many hardships while pursuing a carrier in cricket. He said that even family wasn’t supporting them in initial stage as he had some back injuries.

“I struggled very hard as a cricketer. No one was supporting me in beginning. I had serious back injury almost 3 years ago and even the doctors advised me not to play anymore,” Jahid said, adding that he didn’t give up and kept going.

“I knew it from the inside that if I keep on trying, I will be good enough to make it on day,” Jahid said.

In 2018, Jahid got many opportunities to play in and outside the state with JKCA. He performed very well throughout the year.

“2018 year was good for me as i played some good games this year with better results at all. I can say that 2018 is the year that helped,” Jahid added.

To conclude, Jahid rued the pathetic conditions of his home cricket ground and said that due to the lack of proper cricket ground in Tral, he faced a lot of difficulties.

“It is very difficult for someone like me to compete with the players from others districts. We don’t even have a proper cricket ground in Tral,” said Jahid, adding that grounds should be renovated.

Jahid is presently working hard in U-23 JKCA national team and is hoping to play in Ranji soon.

“My focus right now is to make it to the Ranji Trophy team and do well there,” Jahid said.

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