Kashmir harbors talents of all sorts. The valley is cultivating heroes in the diverse fields of life. Among the emerging stars from the vale is a young, 28 years old but highly talented Sayim Mustafa.
Mustafa has groomed his skills in cricket at a School Playfield at Nunar Village located near to the district headquarter at Ganderbal. Though pathetic road and congested lanes lead to this school playground, and that Mustafa has lost his father – middle class man at the age of 4, Mustafa has ensured this no hurdles break his resolve to excel.
Be it a local cricket or at the inter-state level, Mustafa is a man of achievements. Being an off-spinner and a batsman with talent to hit at all angles, Mustafa is known as an all-rounder and a man of confidence and optimism.
The big dreams define the ambitions of Mustafa. “At the earliest, I want to represent the state at the National level and I am confident of doing it” says Mustafa.
He plays with RCC-team and has guided his team to victory in the Bandipora Premier League tournament held last year. He score card for last four years has been highly impressive. With a modest cricketing from playgrounds of Govt High School Nunnar, Qamaria Stadium, Gadoora Stadium, Mustafa gas risen to play for the state.
Playing for Srinagar Gymkhana, Mustafa earned the best batsman award in J&K at Mushtaq Ali Memorial Trophy earlier this year. He scored over 300 Runs in the tournament. Mustafa has a credit of being the first cricketer from Ganderbal district to play for Mushtaq Ali memorial T20 trophy. He says, “I have been selected for JK team. It is a big achievement and proud moment for me,” Mustafa opens the batting on the side of his team.
Mustafa has scored runs everywhere. He has played at Sheri Kashmir Stadium, Professor Showket Ali stadium, Kashmir University, Pulwama and at other places. He has played in the big leagues of J&K like Khyber Downtown Champions League (KDCL), Jammu & Kashmir Corporate Premier League (JKCPL) and JKPCA. He has eight centuries in his name with three centuries at Gadoora Stadium. He has 113 as his top score.
The beauty of Mustafa is his acknowledgement and humbleness. He accepts with grace that the manager of ACC, Mr. Aabid Pathan was Instrumental in guiding his career. He acknowledges the assistance offered to him by his seniors. He finds his mother as a great support to his cricketing career.
The lovely memories keep him is more active and vibrant. Be it hitting the boundary to Mr. Manpreet Singh Goni or taking the catch of Harbhajan Singh, he cherishes the every moment he plays.
He says that is there is no dearth of talent in the valley, but what hurts him is that lack of infrastructure. While you talk to him, he says, “I wish we had 25% of the infrastructure, the entire cricket would have been ours”. He finds a strong power for willow in Kashmir.
Mustafa has masters in Public Administration and information technology. Inspired by David Warner, Mustafa says, “I am a great fan of David Warner. He overcame all odds and failures and there is my motivation”.
Mustafa wants to play the Ranji Trophy, and take on the better challenges in upcoming times.
The valley of Kashmir needs to guide its talented youth to heights of career and the talents like that of Mustafa are a pride of our nation. Where we have the youth dreaming big in academics, we have great number of youth aiming to fly to heights in the different sporting activities. We wish Mustafa and his likes a great future ahead.