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IPL 2019: Meet Kashmir's young cricketer Rasikh Salam, who debuts for Mumbai

Rasikh Salam. Photograph:( IANS )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 24, 2019, 08.46 PM (IST)

The 17-year-old Rasikh Salam, who was picked at his base price of Rs 20 lakh by Mumbai, played his first India Premier League match against Delhi at the Wankhede Stadium. 

He received his maiden cap from former Indian cricketer Zaheer Khan, who is Mumbai's Director of Cricket. 

Salam is the only third cricketer from Kashmir to have been picked by an IPL franchise. 

He came to sight after his performances in district-level tournaments from where he was spotted by former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan. 

Salam, who hails from Kulgaam district, made his first-class debut for Jammu & Kashmir in the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy on 30 December 2018. 

And on February 22, 2019, he made his Twenty20 debut for Jammu & Kashmir in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. 

During the practice session of Mumbai, Salam stunned the spectators with his pace and bounce. 

At the moment, he has emerged as a great option for the two-time title winners Mumbai when veteran Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga is set to miss the first six games for the franchise. 

Parvez Rasool, an off-break bowler, was the first one from the northern state, to play in the cash-rich tournament. Rasool represented two IPL teams Pune and Hyderabad. 

Another player from Jammu and Kashmir, Manzoor Dar was picked up by IPL franchise Punjab last year but did not feature in any game. 

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A report on franchise's website stated, "The entire team also saw the first glimpse of the 17-year-old pacer from Jammu and Kashmir, Rasikh Salam Dar. The youngster, who returned after an injury lay-off, bent his back and was not shy to bowl the short ball."

"Rasikh was bowling probing lines under the guidance of bowling coach Shane Bond. Rasikh bowled in tandem with our seasoned campaigner Mitchell McClenaghan," the statement included.