Qayoom Bagaw: Man behind JK's success

Srinagar, Dec 18: It has been a turnaround-year for Jammu and Kashmir Ranji team but apart from all-round performances from players, the man behind the success has been their chief coach, Abdul Qayoom Bagaw.
The former poster boy of JK cricket, Abdul Qayoom Bagaw, has been with the team as coach for last many seasons. However, this time around after being given authority as full-fledged coach and powers to take important decisions, he has changed fortunes of the team. JK is currently on the brink of qualifying for the quarterfinals of the prestigious Ranji trophy, and the last time they achieved that feat was when Qayoom Bagaw led JK team as skipper way back in 2001-2002. In that perspective he has again proved that he has got skills to groom and guide players around him.
During his cricketing career, Bagaw was known as a top pacer in North India and experts believe he should have played for the country. In his 51 Ranji matches he took 186 wickets, which are no mean figures by any stretch of imagination.
Previously, Bagaw was the assistant coach of the team under legendary cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi. He is also credited for exploring the talent of Parvez Rasool.
Speaking about the mantra that has led JK to perform brilliantly this season, he said, “We took various decisions and initiatives this season that have helped us bind the team into a well knit unit.”
“Our team composition has been good with a mix of youngsters and experienced players. The most important aspect has been consistency of both bowlers and batsman. It is rare to see consistency among JK cricketers,” he said.
About the level of improvement and reasons behind that, he said: “I think this year our players got exposure to high level cricket a lot. Apart from JKCA events, there were two big T20 leagues – J&K Corporate Premiere League and Downtown Champions League – that saw our players playing at highest level. They got a chance to play a number of matches and rub shoulders with stalwarts of cricket”.
About emergence of Adil Reshi and Mudasir Ahmad as top performers, he said: “They are the two cricketers our team should be proud of. They have got talent in abundance but till now they had failed to give their best when t was needed most. They lacked small technicalities and after I noticed that I told them what to do and what not to do,” he said.
“They have worked hard on their fitness and small glitches in their techniques and that is doing wonders for them. Hope they continue to perform like this and make the state proud,” he added.