They never ask for the sightscreen to be shifted
They can only hear the ball, the strokes and the excited shrieks and shouts of their teammates
The lighting in a day-night game means little to them because the umpire is the only one who sees the game
—Cricket Association for the Blind in India
The Indian Blind Cricket team are on cloud nine after their recent world cup triumph in South Africa. Our cricket team chased down a mammoth total of 389 runs for the loss of just 5 wickets against neighbours Pakistan in the final. This achievement has caught every pair of eyes and ears and the team has earned a lot of respect and recognition over the past few weeks.
The past few weeks saw the team being received by the Sports Minister at the airport followed by a meeting with our Prime Minister.
The World Cup Win:
After winning the inaugural world T20 tournament for the blind, The Indian Blind Cricket team eyed the World cup in South Africa as their next target. After losing the opener to Pakistan by 7 wickets, the Shekhar Naik-led team put up a spirited performance to enter the finals. Pakistan, riding on Muhammad Jamil’s fine century, posted 389/7 in 40 overs. In reply, the Indians chased down the target with two balls to spare and 5 wickets in hand. Brilliant knocks from Ajay Reddy (74) and Prakasha Jayaramaiah (82) helped India set up the chase beautifully.
Sports Minister receives the Indian Blind cricket team:
Sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal, along with other union ministers, personally received the victorious Indian side and congratulated them for their brilliant performance. Finance minister Arun Jaitley also congratulated the team and the players were awarded Rs. 7 Lakh each. “We have never seen so much money before”, said Shekhar Naik, the captain. Jaitley has also promised a special grant and BCCI recognition for the team.
PM Narendra Modi is energized after meeting the team:
The Prime Minister also met the team at his office and it was heartwarming to see him posing for photographs along with the team. Modi said that he was energized after looking at the blind cricketers’ spirit and enthusiasm. The Indian blind cricket team gifted Modi an autographed ball, which the prime minister accepted with pleasure.
Can you see us BCCI?
Sad but true, the Indian blind cricket team is the only blind cricket team which is not officially recognized by the cricketing authority of its country. Like our sighted Indian cricketers playing in Australia, this team also represents India in a game of cricket and this team has also gone on to win the 20-20 World Cup as well as the limited overs World Cup. The BCCI must extend full support to the side which is currently under the care of Samarthanam, a non-profitable NGO. The cricket authorities in India can bring light to the world of this Indian cricket team.