Umar Banday becomes the first J&K cricketer to hit a double century at a National tournament
J&K cricketer Ahmad Umer Banday, created history by hitting a double ton against Himachal Pradesh, yesterday. Playing at the under 23 CK Naydu trophy, in plate group B match, Himachal team knocked a spell of 300 for 4 when, and Jammu was struggling with 76 runs and 1 wicket down.
On the beginning of third day, J&K team stood at 76, witha loss of 1 wicket. At the end of the day, J&K team stood at 344 runs in 121 overs, with a loss of five wickets. Umar was at 40 at the start of 3rd day of a 4 day test match and he had hit 214 runs at the end of third day. In his spell he hit 30 fours and 2 sixes.
He is the first player to hit a double century from J&K state in any national tournament. Earlier, Banday’s selection had been surrounded by various controversies, leading to even eliminating the name of ace cricketer. But, now with his double knock, he has silenced one and all. His bat has spoken volumes about his caliber. Meanwhile, the Kashmir cricket fraternity, which was earlier declining his name in the 11 member squad, has also hailed Banday for his majestic nod.
Banday is reckoned highly in JK cricket circles and has been scoring big hundreds in national events time and again. Even in domestic cricket arena he has been among top run getters last year and this season. Despite the fact that he has been top performer, the talented opener was omitted by selectors from Ranji trophy instead those who were picked have almost zero cricket background. Apart from Mohsin Mufti on whose inclusion questions are being asked. Selectors recently included another questionable player to the squad, Suhail Andleep.
“I always believed in Ahmad’s abilities. He is an amazing talent. The only problem that overtakes him is his patience which runs out fast but then there is a different angle to it; he always wants to pile up more and more runs as quickly as possible. Today’s knock is special for two reason, one that he has proven his potential for bigger stage and two team needed it badly after opponents had amassed 469 runs. He needs to be consistent now,” Mubashir Hassan BCCI qualified Coach.