SRINAGAR: Mumin Liyakat, 9-year-old boy from Matibugh Yaripora in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district developed a penchant for cricket since a very tender age. An adherent follower of Virat Kholi’s batting style; Mumin has been practicing cricket on a cemented turf instead of an ordinary turf defying the age bars.
His batting skills already earned him praise of former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan who noticed him during an event.
“Will Surely Keep an eye on him” said Irfan Pathan after he got impressed with Mumin during the event held at CAP- Cricket Academy of Pathans Jaipur, where he went through a three month training course.
To achieve his dream, he has been playing cricket every day before 9 am and after 4 pm.
“My favourite player is Virat Kohli and I am following his style,” Mumin said adding, “My family has been very supportive of me and are always encouraging me to play cricket.”
Mumin is one among three players from Kashmir who were selected in CAP Jaipur where over 300 players from JK were participating.
His coach Abrar-ul-Haq said that Mumin is full of talent and the way he plays shot at this very young age that too on cemented turf, it seems he is a born talented and will achieve his dream.