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The Willow: A Byproduct Of Kashmiris’ Love For Cricket

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The Willow: A Byproduct Of Kashmiris’ Love For Cricket

Naseer Ganai tells us how enterprising Kashmiris have turned their love for the sport and gifted players a bat that is unbeatable in its quality and reputation

The Kashmiri Willow: A craftsman at work in a manufacturnig unit in Halmullah, near Srinagar
The Kashmiri Willow: A craftsman at work in a manufacturnig unit in Halmullah, near Srinagar Photo: Getty Images

In the 17th over of a T20 World Cup match between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Sri Lanka on October 18 at Kardinia Park in Geelong, Australia, Junaid Siddiqui of UAE hit Sri Lankan bowler Dushmantha Chameera for a six. The ball ballooned into the sky and went out of the park, travelling 109 metres.

Even though UAE lost the match to Sri Lanka, getting bowled out for 73 in 17.1 overs while chasing a target of 152, the mammoth six was a little moment of victory for a small village in Kashmir.

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