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Mohammed Qumar

 

For years Qumar’s greatest impact on Offley was in 1998 when he almost single-handedly lifted Kashmir Hawks to an improbable cup final comeback. Despite offering variety to the attack with his left arm action the general consensus was that Qumar’s return in the wicket column did not justify his ability.

His efforts in the field and with the bat provided even greater cause for concern. Despite tails of daring do with the bat in his exploits for the post office, Qumar rarely demonstrated the ability to contribute significantly with the bat. He has yet to record a half century for the club and a highest score of 35 belies his pretensions as an all-rounder. Yet in comparison to his fielding Qumar’s batting is reminiscent of Sachin Tendulkar in full flow. Handicapped by a fairly dubious pair of hands and a general lack of athleticism and interest in the field, Qumar has regularly incurred the wrath of his captain as a result of his general incompetence and air of diffidence. While it would be unfair to label him as the worst fielder in the club it might not necessarily be untrue and he would certainly figure in the mix for the award.

However, Qumar enjoyed a breakthrough year with the ball in 2005. He stormed to the bowling award by claiming 18 wickets at 17.05. For perhaps the first time he bowled with pace and control and shrugged off his natural inclination to bang the ball in halfway down the strip on the placid Offley strips. He produced two devastating displays against a talented New City batting order and will be looking to develop further in 2006.