Nunnar is few minutes drive from the district headquarters in Ganderbal, past the paddy fields, and it is where Sayim Mustafa honed his talent. Pathetic road and congested lanes lead to the school playground, where Mustafa developed his keen passion for Cricket.
Sayim Mustafa’s journey so far has been wonderful given his achievements among the local ranks as well as the different teams he has represented outside. Bowling with Off spin and hitting the ball to all corners of the park with exquisite timing has been the hallmark of the all-rounder’s career so far. The supremely talented all-rounder exuded confidence and sounded optimistic of “shining at higher levels.”
“I just want to represent J&K at the National level and I am confident of doing it,” he said while expressing his great admiration to play in the Ranji Trophy. Sayim, who represents his team – RCC aspires to be one of the best cricketing talents in the central Kashmir. He guided his team to success in Bandipora Premier League last year by fifty in the final besides scoring runs from last four consecutive years thereby winning the accolades by his great all-round performance.
Coming from a middle-class family, Sayim says that I lost my father in 1991 when I was just 4 years old. The road to this journey has been full of potholes for the young cricketer. He has already proved his mettle. Starting his Cricketing Journey from the Playgrounds like Govt High School Nunnar, Qamaria Stadium, Gadoora Stadium Sayim’s rise to the top at the state level-has been Exemplary.
The Zenith in Sayim’s Career came when he starred with the willow in JKPCA for Srinagar Gymkhana Sayim top scored in the Tournament with over 300 Runs-Superlative feat winning him the best Batsman award besides fulfilling his dream of Representing J&K in Mushtaq Ali Memorial Trophy earlier this year, 28-year-old Sayim Mustafa became the first cricketer from Ganderbal district when he represented J&K in Mushtaq AlMemorialal T20 trophy “I have been selected for JK team. It is a big achievement and proud moment for me,” Sayim said.
There is hardly any cricketing ground in Kashmir where this batsman has not entertained the spectators, even of the opposite teams. The talented all rounder is hopeful of making it to the IPL.
“I scored runs everywhere. Wherever I played, be it Sheri Kashmir Stadium, Professor Showket Ali stadium, Kashmir University, Pulwama or elsewhere. I have played in the big leagues of J&K like KDCL (Khyber Downtown Champions League, JKCPL (Jammu & Kashmir Corporate Premier League), (JKPCA). I don’t remember the exact number of runs that I have scored. But I am sure that I have scored 8 centuries till now. Three at Gadoora Stadium My career’s top score is 113.”
Naming a few mentors, he says that Manager of ACC Aabid Pathan was Instrumental in guiding my Career.” There are others also who shaped my career. How can I forget to mention my Mother in whatever she has done to see me through to this stage of Cricketing life.
Sayim may have played just one Mushtaq Ali Memorial Trophy game so far but the impact he has left in such a short stint is enough to prove his Credentials. While regretting on the lack of Sports infrastructure in the state. Sayim believes that if J&K can get 25 percent of the infrastructure of other states, players could go up to international level.