Amazing things happen when you don’t give up. So when you feel like giving up your dreams; just give yourself one chance by forcing to work another day, month, a year maybe. It is difficult but you’ll be glad to see the results. Irfan Ahmad Mir’s story is an appropriate example to realize that it is all worth not giving up. He is the first blind cricketer from Kashmir. His journey was not easy, but conquering every hurdle that came in his path made his life worth living.
Irfan was born in a very small village called Dussu which is surrounded by vast saffron fields. His father Abdul Sattar Mir is a farmer who owns orchids and some lands of saffron and mother Saleema Bano is a housewife. He is the youngest among all the siblings.
When he was six-month old baby, he lost his vision to some strange disease. Everyone in his family was shattered completely. They took him to some local doctors but they were not able to help him as this was the first case in their village. They took him to Amritsar, where doctors did surgery but nothing worked. He grew, so did the worries of his parents. His parents put every effort to keep him engaged in different activities so that he could learn. After few years, Sattar approached religious seminars but all refused to teach a blind. Later, Dar-ul-Uloom Bilal’iya helped him , to memorizing two chapters of Quran.
A year post that, Sattar took him to NIVH, Dehradun and it turned out to be his best decision for his son. It changed Irfan’s life completely. He was more confident and started to nurture his childhood passion of playing cricket. He participated in intra-zonal tournament in Dehradun and was selected to play at national level. In 2014, Irfan was approached by the captain of Uttar Pradesh team, Zeeshan Haider, who offered him to play for his team. He readily took the offer and played several matches in places like Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat, and Hyderabad.
Over the years he gained more confidence and was more focused as a player. Ajay Thakur, a Jammu based blind cricketer met him and they formed Jammu and Kashmir blind cricket team.
“Our state had no team for blind cricketers and the idea was appealing so I readily agreed for that,” said Irfan. They played a few matches in Punjab and some national level tournaments in Dehradun.
In 2017, Cricket Association for Blind in India affiliated by World Blind Cricket Association (WBCA), selected Irfan among 50 players to play for international tournaments. “I was the only player from Kashmir to get selected among 50. There was also a guy named Rohit Sharma from Jammu in the list,” said Irfan. He got an international recognition after he was selected for India-England series He is currently preparing for his selection in Blind World Cup (2020) in which he is hopeful to get selected.
Irfan did not make his blindness a hindrance to his dreams because a winner does not know how to make excuses. Irfan is a big inspiration for many. We wish you a lot more victories and success in your life. You deserve it all.