Jammu and Kashmir was considered one of the minnows in Indian domestic circuit for a long time. Three months back, the team fought torrential floods and their cricketing infrastructure was decimated. Today they have proved that despite social and financial struggle, Jammu and Kashmir is the rising team in Indian cricket and can beat any other team in domestic cricket on their day. They are gelling as a team and proving a very tough opponent to beat.
In Ranji 2014/2015 season they have beaten 40 times Champions Mumbai at their home ground by 4 wickets in the first round of Ranji Trophy in December 2014. In that match against Mumbai SP Khajuria scored 107 runs, Ian Dev Singh scored an important 70 runs. In Mumbai’s second innings R Dayal picked up 5 wickets to dismiss them for 254. Jammu and Kashmir chased the target of 237 with SP Khajuria scoring again with a well made 78 to give the team a memorable win over the 40 time Champions. The Jammu and Kashmir player said that the time when the opposition teams took Jammu and Kashmir lightly or when they got intimidated by the reputation of their rivals is a history. The main challenge for Jammu and Kashmir team is to be consistent. J&K have proved that they are among the big boys of Indian cricket until fourth round of Ranji Trophy.
Parveez Rasool is the first player from Jammu and Kashmir to represent India. He broke all psychological barriers for players in that state and the misapprehension that nobody from J& K could play for India. Jammu and Kashmir just focused on playing the strengths and sticking to the roles assigned to the players by the coach. Parveez Razool and Ram Dayal scored centuries to help Jammu and Kashmir to reach a score of 497 against Baroda. Popularly known as Ram-Rasool pair has become a hit in the press and other media
This year Sunil Joshi succeeded Bishan Singh Bedi as the state’s team coach. His mentoring appears to have had good results so far. In the year 2013 Jammu and Kashmir reached the quarter finals for the first time after 54 years and has been promoted to Group A in 2014. In the Group standing Jammu and Kashmir are placed in 3rd position. No wonder if the reach finals.
The first assignment of the season (2014) was taking on Delhi in the limited over’s Vijay Hazare Trophy and they beat them. After that they beat Services and Harayana in the same tournament.
This has brought their captain Parvez Rasool into focus. With the news of Ravinder Jadeja’s injury, Rasool might be the right alternative given his spin bowling, good batting skills and better fielding strength..
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