Kashmir: The unrest in the valley is giving troubling times to the BJP government. Added pressure has come from Pakistan taking a keen interest in the unrest. Situation is quiet sensitive and it’s tough to find a silver lining. In the midst of all the chaos, BCCI has shown the way forward to the youth of Kashmir and has identified a unique talent in them.
Photos and videos of stone pelting incidents have hogged the limelight for quite some time now. According to BCCI sources, most of the stone pelters have a clean bowling action, which is very rare in budding cricketers nowadays. According to ICC rules, bowling the ball is distinguished from throwing the ball by a strictly specified biomechanical definition which restricts the angle of extension of the elbow. Many recent bowlers are found to have an illegal action and it takes years and years of practice to rectify the same, but that’s not the case in Kashmir. According to a recent study of photos by BCCI technical committee, most of the youth have a well-balanced action for bowling in international cricket.
Well known journalist Jagdish Malik is in constant touch with the BCCI officials regarding their talent hunt. The talent search committee of BCCI has reached out to Kashmiris and urged them to take up cricket as a career option. This will not only give India its next set of bowlers, but will also serve as an career option for the employment-starved youth of Kashmir. Women cricket team is also not far behind in this approach, as many talented girls have also been unearthed. In this testing times for Kashmir. This has come as a huge relief and will go a long way in establishing peace in the valley.
Every silver lining comes with a grey one too. Present bowlers of the Indian cricket team are scared of so much competition they are going to get in the future. Players like Umesh Yadav, R.P Singh are practicing hard, which they haven’t done for past couple of years. Indian team coach Kumble is very happy with the newly unearthed talent in Kashmir and has assured that he will help them transform into world class fast bowlers. Well, the day is not far when the MRF pace academy will be filled with our brothers and sisters from Kashmir.