SW Exclusive: In Pictures – Meet The Specially Abled Cricketer From Kashmir
Have you ever mustered courage and thought of tying your arms with the string behind your back and hold a willow between your chin and the shoulder before wielding it like an Axe? No, not at all? And there won’t be any positive nod to this question which somewhat can cause the rush of adrenaline for narrating such breathtaking stories across the globe. But let’s meet one such extraordinary cricketer who plays cricket without his arms in southern part of Kashmir after meeting a harrowing accident.
From Sachin Tendulkar’s elegant cover drive, Anil Kumble’s faster ones to Virender Sehwag’s traditional uppercut and Ricky Ponting’s pull shot – the 25-year-old Amir Hussain Lone, who’s all-in-one inspiration and Jammu and Kashmir Paralympics-cricket skipper, has mastered everything at his backyard which is a salutary lesson for all.
There’re are the fans who celebrate teams’ victories in nutshell and then there are those fans who celebrate trademark stances like Shahid Afridi’s, who outstretches his arms in the air after taking a wicket and what you would feel for those who are all-rounders in life? They too ask the question to umpire and celebrate in their unique ways, but without dearly arms. And this makes them special.
Braving the bone-chilling cold, Amir practices with his friends in morning and evening. Street-smart Amir, at the age of 11, learnt to write with his feet on painted windows.
Amir has made batting ridiculously easy on dusty pitches like Virat Kohli does in chasing. In November, this year Amir has also been named as the President of Para-Cricket Association Jammu and Kashmir.
In December 2015, Amir had participated in Lucknow, for the 10th national championship for physically-abled players, where he did well with both bat and ball.
Amir’s favourite bowler is legendary leg-spinner, Anil Kumble
In 2006, Amir had added another feat to his name while learning to hold the ball between his big and little toes. He could send down the ball both ways with a loop that his favourite bowler Anil Kumble has relied on for years to announce his name among the greatest leg-spinners of all time.
It would definitely hurt as Amir stops the ball while using his thighs and lap to catch the skier, but he somehow has made habit out of it.
How did Amir learn art of holding the willow?
If you are really passionate about anything in your life, no amount of obstruction can stop you from achieving a goal while having a great will.
Paralympics-cricketer, Amir, who starred in various district tournaments, learnt to hold the bat while peeping through one of his neighbour’s window when Sachin Tendulkar was batting against Pakistan in 2003 World Cup match and there on, he practiced for hours, weeks and months all along to face the cherry with ease which technically reaches the batter in a milliseconds.
Amir has the innate love for the game of cricket, and he makes the batting ridiculously easy on dusty pitches like Virat Kohli does in chasing.
How primary student accidently chopped his arms after trapping his jacket and who saved him?
Before joining Jammu and Kashmir State Paralympics-cricket team in 2013 (when he was in Bijbehara college), at the age of seven – the leg-spinner-cum-off-spinner lost his arms while fiddling with the conveyor belt of bandsaw machine, which was run by his father Bashir Ahmad Lone in 1997.
He was rushed to the army-based hospital in the vicinity where he received the first-aid after losing five pints of blood.
With a miraculous save, Amir returned home from Srinagar’s Bones and Joints Hospital after three years before undergoing special treatment in Chandigarh.
His first love cricket and grandmother
Amir’s grandmother known as Fazi has been at helm to nurse her grandson after he lost his upper limbs.
“My late grandmother used to play cricket with me in the country. We were like good-old-friends. She had been the biggest reason of my strength and I thank God for that. She was indeed a blessing for me,” Aamir told Sportzwiki.
Amir does all his activities of his own whether it’s shaving the face, bathing or wearing clothes. He’s independent like dancing down the ground at his will.
How he learnt the art of swimming before beating the heat?
After returning from the cricket ground as the temperature crossed thirty degree mark in summers of 2007, Amir was hit by an out-of-box idea when he closely watched a duckling in a pond to learn the art of swimming which indeed was a tough task, but not impossible for human like Amir.
The quick learner Amir used to come every day to watch the duckling before learning the traits of swimming from her.
The Waghama-born lad waited and kept waiting till he jumped for the first time into a pond to exhibit himself before the duckling that flapped her wings seemingly applauding Amir’s valiant effort in waters. And that was the incredible moment for Amir as an individual.
Amir’s maiden dive in River Jhelum
Amir has been using computer with the help of his feet and he overcame several difficulties since his tender age.
At 17, Amir crossed the River Jhelum with the help of his feet which is a record on its own before shouting at the fisherman, who was at a hundred metre distance: ‘take care of my clothes, I’ll return soon before going to play cricket in the congealed maidan’.
“I managed to cross the river while making full use of my feet as I’ve seen in the past that how duckling used her web. Fortunately, there was no flow in the waters and I was swimming fast time that too in the river. It was bit scary, but I love the challenges and the situation I had gone through had made me brave enough. Sir Ji, risk to uthana padhta hai kuch pane kay liye,” Amir recollects.
Is documentary on armless cricketer on Cards?
As the life in Kashmir has come to halt for months now while normalcy seems to be on the return, Amir was approached by one of the Bollywood film directors in July, this year to shoot a documentary, which later on was canceled owing to the unrest in the region.
“I was approached by Mahesh Bhatt, who is an Indian film director and told we want to produce a documentary on you. In fact, they were here on the same day when things turned ugly. I’m looking forward to that as well,” concluded Amir.
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