Despite being in the news for wrong reasons, the Jammu & Kashmir team qualified for the Ranji Trophy quarterfinals on Friday after drawing their match against Tripura in Agartala. This is the biggest achievement of the team - previous best being a pre- quarterfinal clash vs Odisha in 2000-01 - that has always been considered as a North Zone punching bag and never progressed beyond the Plate stage in the last 50 years.
The Jammu & Kashmir made headlines last week when their Jammu hotel was raided by police, reportedly looking for a suspected militant. Several members were questioned only hours before the cricketers were to play against Hyderabad on the final day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match, which ended in a draw later. Now, the darkness seems to have given way to a silver lining.
The J&K team drew with hosts Tripura in their Ranji clash to collect three points - 28 overall - which was just enough to seal a quarterfinal clash against Punjab. Skipper Pervez Rasool, who had been detained for several hours by Karnataka Police in 2009, played a major role in his team's success with an 83 and 7/87.(Also read: Omar Abdullah congratulates team)