19-year old North Kashmir boy Aqib Nabi has risen from playing street cricket to score many milestones in the national cricket history
Baramulla (Sheeri): In this landlocked village, Sheeri of Baramulla district with unending sky touching mountains, this teenager boy, Aqib Nabi would always leave every day morning along with his cricket bat with his playmates to enjoy his favourite cricket game.
To sustain his habit of playing the cricket at fullest into the playfields and local grounds, he would not mind to bunk classes or stay out of school most of the time.
As his parents would want him to continue studies for promising career ahead, Aqib chose his destiny in the cricket fields.
Little did he know his passion for cricket is heading him to cherish the dream of playing the game at national level.
Auqib Nabi played under 19 crickets magnificently at national level recently at Rajkot, Gujarat.
The best he did against the Saurashta cricket association after scoring 102 runs and taking two wickets, changing the fate of game.
A son of government teacher, Aqib was selected at Amar Singh College during trial for under 19 national games after displaying tremendous performance as all rounder cricketer.
The pacer and middle order batsman remained among the top players in over 6 national cricket matches at Rajkot after scoring over 300 runs and 19 wickets.
“Cricket is my passion and I always lived with it,” says Aqib. “Like thousands of youth in Kashmir my aim is to do something extra ordinary for which I will always be remembered.”
Aqib is thankful to his village mates who recognised talent in him and supported him in local games to explore his talent till he got selected for the national competition.
Formerly the teenager has played for the Baramulla Cricket Club (BCC) Red and has shown extraordinary performance for his team over the years. He believes there is no dearth of talent in Kashmir but it needs to be explored and honed for which proper infrastructure and parental support which is missing on the ground.
“My parents were reluctant initially but now my father and relatives provide me due support for making carrier in sports. We need proper infrastructure and expert coaches who impart sports skills and better coaching here.”
The passion for cricket, however, doesn’t stop him from continuing his studies and is pursuing graduation from Amar Singh College, Srinagar.
“I have scored many more centuries previously in other interstate competitions. But in under 19 cricket, it is my fourth ton.
The father of all rounder , Ghulam Nabi who is teacher by profession is feeling proud of his son and hopes that Aqib will emerge as top class all rounder of the world.
He hopes his son will show better performances in the upcoming matches. “My son is much talented and committed to his work. I am sure that he will reach to his target soon. His talent needs to get exposed so that he would get chance in International cricket as well,” Dar said.
In 2011 Aqib scored fifty after representing Baramulla cricket association at DGM College Jammu and got four wickets against Hyderabad.
Recently, the boy has given trial for MRF Pace Foundation- a coaching clinic for training fast bowlers from all over the world in Chennai. He got opportunity to meet former Australian pace spearhead Glenn McGrath who is also director of the Foundation.
“I was given some bowling tips by Glenn McGrath at MRF peace foundation during my trials and I hope that I will be selected in the foundation to hone my talent for first class cricket,” averred Auqib.
Like many of the legendary cricketers including Sachin Tendulakar, the cricket journey of Aqib has started from the streets and fields of his modest village. However, it is yet to seen how long his consistency will live and whether he will be able to achieve the goal.