From earn­ing ₹60 a day to ₹20L IPL con­tract, Dar rakes in moolah

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION HINDUSTANTIMES -

NEWDELHI: From work­ing as a labourer on a daily wage of ₹60 to fetch­ing an IPL con­tract worth ₹20 lakh, Jammu & Kash­mir bats­man Man­zoor Dar has cov­ered a dis­tance more awein­spir­ing than the 100-me­tre sixes he is known for.

Con­sid­er­ing the hard­ships he has faced, the IPL con­tract with Kings XI Pun­jab is a lifechang­ing mo­ment for the bighit­ting Dar, who fore­sees bet­ter times for him and his fam­ily liv­ing in a vil­lage in Bandi­pora district. The burly bats­man, who earned a name for hit­ting 100 me­tre sixes, was the last player to be bought by Kings XI Pun­jab. “I am thank­ful to God for this op­por­tu­nity and also KXIP and Pre­ity (Zinta) ma’am. My life has been full of strug­gle and when I fi­nally found a team (at auc­tion), I thought about the time I used to earn ₹60 as a labourer,” Dar told PTI .

“I have been build­ing the house back home for the past three years. It still doesn’t have doors and windows but hope­fully I will be able to get the work done now. I will also use the money for the treat­ment of my ail­ing mother,” he added.

Be­ing the only player from the state to be picked in the IPL was a big deal not only for his small vil­lage but for the state. “My mother told me 30,000 peo­ple came to my house to congratulate. It is mov­ing to re­ceive such love,” he said. Dar was a nat­u­ral when it came to hit­ting huge sixes. He was look­ing for ways to make money to take care of his younger sib­lings — four sis­ters and three broth­ers — and one day he was told by his local coach to ply his trade in club cricket.

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