Sopore town’s legendary cricketer Muhammad Rajab Ganaie aka Raja passed away on July 13, 2020.
Raja son of Muhammad Sultan Ganaie, a resident of Hatishah area of Sopore town, was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Naropora-Shalpora area of Sopore where people from different walks of life participated in his funeral.
He started his cricketing journey way back in 1976. He was initially selected for Sopore Higher Secondary School cricket team wherefrom he started his cricketing career. In 1982, Raja was amongst few in Kashmir who was asked to join the famous Polly Umrigar Camp in Srinagar.
Later on, he joined Muslim Cricket Club (MCC), which is Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) affiliated club.
With the onset of turbulence in 1990s in Kashmir, many cricketing careers were shortened and Raja was no exception to it. He last donned his uniform in 1994 and thereafter due to personal reasons retired from the game, he so dearly loved.
Bashir Ahmed Bhat, a veteran of Sopore cricketing fraternity, told Rising Kashmir that Raja’s guidance for the game will be sorely missed. “He was a fine cricketer with unlimited potential. His guidance to the newcomers will be sorely missed. He was cricketer apart,” Bhat said.
He said that Sopore cricket fraternity pray for the departed soul and may Allah forgive all his sins and admit him to his mercy.