Indian Premier League: Burly 25-year-old Manzoor Ahmed Dar from Jammu and Kashmir made headlines when he was roped in by Kings XI Punjab franchise for Rs 20 lakhs. A watchman by night and a carpenter during the day, Dar pushed himself hard to make it to an IPL franchisee. But with snow and lack of facilities, the cricketer found a way to practice indoors to get ready for the upcoming season of IPL.

“The facilities in Kashmir for cricket is not so good and hence one has to go out of their way to practice. I want to remain fit and ready for IPL as the stakes are high. Now, with the place covered in snow it is impossible to have any practice hence I do it indoors,” said big-hitting Dar in an exclusive to


Last year, he was picked up by Kings XI Punjab but unfortunately, he did not get a game, but this year he is hoping he gets to play as that will help him grow. “It is tough when you are with the team and do not get a game, but it was a great learning curve for me as I interacted with big international cricketers and got to learn a lot from them. This year I am hoping everybody gets to see what I am capable of,” the cricketer said.

Being the eldest of the eight siblings, Manzoor had the responsibility of making sure all his siblings do well in life.

The cricketer can also bowl at a decent pace which makes him a handy cricketer for any franchise. “Franchises look at me as a big hitter but I have also worked on my bowling which makes me a complete package,” added Dar.

Meanwhile, the auctions are slated to take place on December 17 and 18 in Jaipur.