“First they ignore you,
Then they laugh at you,
Then they fight you,
Then you win.”
In a world that continues to see ‘ambition’ as a character flaw in women, the real life story of a confident, ambitious, better skilled and ready to take the world by storm, young sisters, Geeta (Fatima) and Babita Phogat’s (Sana), ‘Dangal’ offered a lot of surprises which was both inspiring and entertaining.
Breaking the taboo of Indian women participating in a sport considered to be dominated by men, just like the Phogat sisters, our very own Iqra Rasool from Baramullah district is quite a match for boys in cricket Dangal.
— Ifra Khan (@ifrakhan000) 27 September 2017
Fighting against all odds & breaking the stereotypes in style, #IqraRasool, a 17-year-old young lass from #Kashmir wants to live her dreams. She wants to play for the Indian cricket team & make the country proud.??@nitishcop pic.twitter.com/nAWZ7SBbGb
— Wajahat Farooq Bhat (@wajahat_farooq) 19 November 2017
Seventeen year old Iqra Rasool was born into an ordinary family with an extra-ordinary dream. Her dream is to lead the Indian National Women’s Team at an International arena besides meeting the captain of Indian Cricket Team, Virat Kohli. She had learnt how to bat by just watching the captain. She had also written many letters to Virat asking him for guidance, which to her great disappointment were never delivered.
Iqra Rasool, the super girl from #Kashmir is a cricketing sensation.?@imVkohli Virat Kohli is his inspiration as she learnt how to bat by just watching him.??@parawahid @harbhajan_singh @GautamGambhir @cricketaakash @MohammadKaif @msdhoni https://t.co/t6GSLumL8B
— Mauseen Khan (@mauseen_khan) 17 November 2017
Baramulla’s ‘super girl’ looked doubters and setbacks straight in the eye and started living the life of her dreams. But life so far hasn’t really been a cake-walk for her.
“Success is due
less to ability than to zeal.”
Iqra’s zeal was so big that she used to go to practice by hiding her cricket gear under her pheran (Kashmiri dress), as the conservative society stood in the way of her ambition.
17year old super girl, Iqra Rasool from #Kashmir says she wants to play for Indian cricket team & make India proud.??@M_Raj03
Overcoming difficult odds & breaking social taboos she has been proving her mettle on the cricket ground.?
She’s an ICON! pic.twitter.com/gddMBWDsGs
— rabyanoor (@rabyanoor1) 17 November 2017
It was never easy for Iqra to play cricket in a society that tends to resist change. She faced social pressures from family, her friend circle, but she passed all tests with her fierce will-power and dedication. The 17-year-old relocated to West Bengal to explore more opportunities which could bring her closer to her ambitions. At present, she is aspiring to play for Bengal.
Thanks @nitishcop for taking all the pains and making relentless efforts to get this girl enrolled in Cricket Academy in Kolkata.
Playing Against the Odds https://t.co/C1cpxiw5Uc via @YouTube @JmuKmrPolice @spvaid
— Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) 15 November 2017
A two-storey building in the dusty congested lanes of Kashmir is where Iqra dreamed of playing in the international arena. Her room mirrors many memories of struggles in the form of medals and certificates.
She had represented Jammu & Kashmir at the U-19 and U-23 level.
“Right from my childhood, I played cricket with both boys and girls. But I want to lead my team to a victory. I’ve played volleyball and handball, but my first and last love is cricket and my dream is to lead the Indian National Team in an international arena,” said Iqra Rasool.
At a time when young girls flaunt their bangles and toys collection, Iqra started dreaming of cricket ball and stumps.
There was a time when everyone thought sports was a man’s property, but today Iqra is proving everybody wrong. The young girl has won lots of medals, applause and most importantly hearts.
— Sana Chaudhary (@sana_1978) 30 September 2017
NewAge Kashmir wishes that the road ahead for Iqra is filled with multiple opportunities and she turns them into a sky high success story.