In recent years, sports has brought tremendous positivity and energy in Kashmir. It has helped the youth to utilise their energy in the right direction.
Kashmir has given the country many international and national level players. Let’s look at the most popular sports personalities in Kashmir.
Chain Singh is an Indian sports shooter and a junior commissioned officer in the Indian Army. He was born in Doha district of Jammu and Kashmir. He learned to shoot in the Indian Army.
Chain Singh won a bronze medal in the 2014 Asian games and also won an individual gold medal in the 7th Asian Airgun Championship. Singh bagged six gold medals in the 12th South Asian games and secured his spot for the Rio Olympics. He has won more than 50 medals in National Shooting Championships and also represented India at XXI Commonwealth games. Singh won a silver medal at ISSF World Cup ( Grand Prix) Munich in Germany.
Jasia is an Indian women cricketer from the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. Jasia became the first woman cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to be selected for India’s national cricket team.
She has represented the Punjab cricket team since 2013 in the women’s national-level cricket tournaments.
3) Virender Sehwag
Even though Sehwag hails from Haryana, he enjoys a great fan following in Kashmir.
Sehwag is a former Indian cricketer. According to the poll of international bowlers, he has been named as one of the world’s scariest batsmen. Sehwag made his ODI debut in 1999 against Pakistan and test match debut in 2001 against South Africa.
He is the only batsman in history to score 7500 plus runs in both Tests and ODIs as an opener and hit the fastest test triple century. In 2015 he announced retirement from all formats of cricket. To fulfill his father’s dream, he started Sehwag International School in Haryana, where students study, stay, train, and play sports. Sehwag has been awarded Padma Shri and the Arjuna Award.
Sehwag has also promoted various brands, including Adidas, Kings X1 Punjab, and a few online sports betting sites. In recent years it has become possible for Indians to bet legally and securely on online betting sites listed on BetNinjas.
3) Afshan Ashiq
Afshan Ashiq is captain-cum-goalkeeper of the state women’s football team. Afshan participated in the ‘Fit India’ movement and other famous personalities like Virat Kohli and Milind Soman.
She coaches other girls and encourages them to become professional sports women. Former cricket captain M S Dhoni is her role model.
4) Aadil Manzoor Peer
Aadil, known as Sayed Aadi, is an Indian international ice stock sport athlete. He represented India in the 12th ice stock sport World Cup in Austria and secured 10th rank and 5th rank in the international ice stock sport cup held in China. Till now, Sayed has bagged 11 gold medals at the national level.