Real Kashmir FC stealing the limelight is ‘good’ for Ranji trophy cricketers

While a normal cricket fan may get agitated with the things unfolding, it is the cricketers, particularly J&K Ranji trophy team members who are happy with the transition.

ABID KHAN
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 12 2018 11:42PM | Updated Date: Nov 12 2018 11:42PM
Real Kashmir FC stealing the limelight is ‘good’ for Ranji trophy cricketersGK Photo

As Real Kashmir football club stole the show in the last couple of weeks since making its I-League debut, Ranji trophy cricketers feel happy to be out of the limelight over the period.

Over the last two weeks, it is the fairy-tale story of Real Kashmir FC that has been hogging all the limelight in local as well as national media and there has been almost no talk about the ongoing season of the J&K Ranji trophy team. The J&K skipper Parvez Rasool scoring a valiant unbeaten hundred, Mohammad Mudhasir taking four wickets in four balls and Ahmad Banday scoring 62 on the last day, all  against Rajasthan, have all gone unnoticed as Real Kashmir soaked all the limelight.

While a normal cricket fan may get agitated with the things unfolding, it is the cricketers, particularly J&K Ranji trophy team members who are happy with the transition.

J&K opening batsman Ahmad Omar Banday said that he is happy that all the media scrutiny is somewhere else and with that, pressure has got diverted towards Real Kashmir FC.

“Though we are professionals and know how to handle pressure both on and off the field, but it is always good that people are not talking that much about you. It relieves you mentally and you are able to concentrate fully on your game. Normally, our each and every activity, both on and off the field is keenly followed by cricket loving people of J&K. But this time it is a little different, thanks to Real Kashmir antics,” Banday said.

The J&K Ranji trophy team started its second Ranji trophy match of the season against Goa at Goa Cricket Association Academy, Porvorim on Monday.

“Real Kashmir qualifying for the I-League and Kashmir fans getting chance to witness matches in Srinagar is good for the game of football. I am myself big fan of football and watch matches at TRC Ground. Even during my England trip, I went on to watch couple of Manchester United matches as well,” he said.

“Losing the last match was heartbreaking. Everyone wants to do well and win it. We are confident that we will give good show and hopefully beat Goa,” he said.

Another member of the team who wished not to be named also termed Real Kashmir getting limelight good for him as well as other members of the team.

“I am a professional like other members of the team. We are used to the pressure of expectations from the fans and also the criticism following our poor show. However, this time it has been different with Real Kashmir getting better coverage and we being away from the limelight as well as pressure,” he said.

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