Vastavam web: Indian cricket stalwart Mahendra Singh Dhoni today advised the youth of Jammu and Kashmir to take up to sports and give their hundred per cent to perform consistently well.”As far as sports is concerned, it is important to have a platform, but after that the players have to work really hard.Dhoni was the chief guest at the final match of Chinar Cricket Premier League, organised by Srinagar-based Chinar Corps of the Army.
“Even if there are not such facilities here, but when we were playing it was not that we had many facilities,” he said when asked about the lack of infrastructure in the state.”Education is important and having infrastructure is a must so that people study here and then can apply for jobs outside as well. At the end of the day, a person wants to do well with his life and for his family,” he said.
The former India captain, who now play only in the limited overs format of the game, expressed hope that more players from the state will represent the country in future.”Army is trying its best to do what it can, trying to guide and create infrastructure to the extent it can. For that it is important to support each other.
“If there is good infrastructure, youth will associate with it and when there is educational infrastructure, then Kashmir’s development will take place. Industries should be set up here so that there is creation of jobs. The focus should not only be on apple farming and tourism but other sectors as well,” he said.Dhoni also experienced his immense popularity here as a crowd of excited youth tried to catch a glimpse of him at this hitherto unknown remote village, 35 kms from Srinagar.
While the security forces restricted the fans from going near Dhoni, he politely obliged to autograph requests on pieces of paper, bats and even the belts of some over excited security forces personnel.The excitement was such that many youth made their way into the ground through VIP gate.