Parvez Rasool had become the first player from Jammu and Kashmir to feature in the IPL. His footsteps could soon be matched by Manzoor Ahmad Dar. The 24-year-old weightlifter, kabbadi player, a security guard and a wood artist could very well make this IPL 2018 his own.

According to a report in news18.com, J&K coach Abdul Qayoom calls Manzoor a hard-hitting batsman who can smack the ball even with a block of wood, let alone a Kashmir willow bat. He said, He is Mr 100 metre sixer man. He gives the ball a real thump. Last year in a match with Punjab, he hit a few sixes that were 100 metres plus.”

Manzoor, fondly known as Pandav within his teammates, explains from where he got the nickname. He elaborates, We were playing a kabbadi match in our village one day. When my turn came, I crossed the opponent’s half and lifted three members to my side when they tried to put me down. At that very instant, locals started to call me Pandav. I haven’t objected to this tag.”

Talking about Manzoor’s talent, Qayaam explains, “This boy has talent for the shorter game. Give him 12 to 15 deliveries and he will tilt the game in his team’s favour.”

Manzoor was picked in Jammu & Kashmir squad for the upcoming T20 Mushtaq Ali Trophy, his second season with them. Manzoor also talked about his IPL ambitions. He said: “I am targeting IPL. Let us see how it goes.”

Rasool has represented Pune Warriors, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad.