Srinagar: Zahoor Sofi commonly known as Zahya Sofi is well known in whole J&K for his heroic cricketing skills. Zahoor is a right arm fast medium bowler who is also handy lower order batsman. He is currently part of the J&K Ranji team.
The 29 year old made his debut for J&K in 2009 Vijay Hazare Trophy and Ranji Debut in 2013 against Himachal. In 2014 Zahoor was the highest wicket taker from North Zone and 5th best throughout the India in Domestic one day tournament. This year in two test matches, he picked seven wickets and also helped the team with his batting lower down the order.
Zahoor started playing cricket when he was studying in 6th standard at school level. He used to bowl a lot and slowly he earned name in cricket and in 2003 he got a Club contract from a famous club from Srinagar UCC (United Cricket Club). After that he played for few clubs like ACC and now playing for Kashmir Gymkhana. Though Zahoor lacked family support but he never surrendered and kept shining with both Bat and Ball. His studies also suffered as its almost impossible to carry both for a cricketer.
His hard work never stopped, he represented J&K at several age-groups and always emerged as a top performer. As hard work never goes in vain, Zahoor finally got a call up for Ranji team in 2014 and is now a prominent member of the team. Zahoor has a bright future ahead as he is a calm and hard working cricketer, who knows he might be soon part of IPL or India team.
Zahoor is an inspiration for all young cricketers of J&K, he is also very gentle and helpful. He helps young cricketers by providing them useful tips about the game. As our state lacks infrastructure and quality cricket, cricketers like him can be very handy to guide our future stars. My best wishes are always with him and I hope he will make us proud with his cricketing skills.
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