From grazing goats to teaching children, Skalzang Kalyan Dorje told how to become a cricketer


new Delhi: Cricket is a sport where big players come out of small places. The biggest example of this is the former captain of Team India Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni). Similarly, a player has emerged from a similar place in the Jammu and Kashmir team. This player is from Ladakh and its name is Skalzang Kalyan Dorje. The great thing is that these players are the first cricketer from the Union Territory of Ladakh to join the cricket team of Jammu and Kashmir.

This player has also been a Buddhist monk

Skalzang Kalyan Dorje has revealed many big secrets of his life in a conversation with The Indian Express. Dorje was a Buddhist monk before he was a cricketer. Not only this, he has also worked as a physical education teacher and apart from training climbers, he has also worked as a manager in an outlet selling sporting goods. From this, it can be guessed that Dorje’s passion for cricket has not diminished even after doing a lot of work in his life.

Used to goats

Skalzang Kalyan Dorje also further said that there was a time in his life when he used to graze goats and now he is the first player of Ladakh to play domestic cricket. This player further told that in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy earlier this year, he played for Jammu and Kashmir and if this year’s Ranji season was not canceled due to Corona, he would have become the first Ladakhi to play first class cricket.

Skalzang Kalyan Dorje further said that he started playing cricket in 1999 at the age of 10. One of his uncles who lived in the Mahabodhi Society of Bangalore has taken him with him during the 1999 World Cup. Meanwhile, he started playing cricket with his children. After a few years, he moved to Mysore. There he completed his Bachelor degree from Physical Education. After this, he started working as a sports teacher in a school there. In 2011, he quit playing cricket and worked as a tracking camp manager with a sports teacher.

Recognition was obtained from local tournament

Skalzang Kalyan Dorje earned a name in a local tournament in Ladak. He was also elected Player of the Match several times in this tournament. As a reward, they got things like freeze, cooler, washing machine. Dorje dreams that he will make a name for the domestic cricket game. Dorje said that he has not forgotten this even today when Jammu and Kashmir captain Parvez Rasool handed him the debut cap and said that you are the first Ladakhi cricketer to play for Jammu and Kashmir.


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