The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
India is the largest democratic country in the world with diverse cultures, traditions and religions. Going by numbers, Hinduism still prevails in most part of the country but there is an even bigger religion that connects every Indian’s heart. Cricket has now become more of a religion than just a sport for Indian audience.
With the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev serving as gods, Indians never let go of any detail their beloved game adorns. Seems though, this religion also however could not make its followers preach equality. Whilst Men’s cricket team is known by everyone, not many people are appraised of the existence of other national cricket teams. More disheartening is the fact that their achievements also rot in dirt with no one to heed attention to.
OUR BLIND CRICKET TEAM JUST WON T-20 ASIAN CUP, but did you have any clue of it?
Brave sportsmen who subdued blindness and battled all odds ahve come victorious. They never asked for the screen to be shifted. They only hear the ball and the strokes. The umpire is the only one who sees the game . Cricket for the blind is an obsession, shear grips and determination beautifully displayed in a magnificent game where the blind overcomes debilitating challenges and game clarity through cricket.
This is the third consecutive victory by the blue shirts including the World T20 2012 and the Blind Cricket World Cup 2014.
This time, India defeated Pakistan in the first ever championship of Blind T20 Asia Cup. India batted first and finished their innings with 208 runs while losing 5 wickets in 20 overs. Pakistan’s chase came up short as they were able to score only 164 runs.
The winning team received a cash cheque of Rs 3 lakh while the runners ups were awarded a cheque of Rs 2 lakh. Deepak Malik was adjudged the Man of the Match in the finals. All the three Man of the Series awards went to Indians Ketan Patel in the B1 category, Ajay Reddy (B2) and Prakash J (B3).
The match was played at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi. Pakistan came in to the match unbeaten, so far in the event, with six points. India came in standing second with four points. Sri Lanka were one rung below at the third position with four points as well.
In the group stages, Pakistan had defeated India by 19 runs. In that match, Pakistan players had come in wearing black armbands to show support with the victims of Bacha Khan University (Charsadda) victims.
The win in this T20 Asia cup has given more weight for the demand for recognition by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
“You are a great source of inspiration to us all,” Syed Kirmani told the blind cricketers from five Asian countries participated in the Asia Cup T-20.
The Indian officials and team captain Ajay Reddy hoped that their long time demand for affiliation would get a positive response from the BCCI soon. Former Indian cricketer, Syed Kirmani, who was present at the prize presentation ceremony said that he had urged the BCCI Chief Sashank Manohar for recognition of the blind cricket and hoped that the cricket body would take a favourable decision soon. We hope the day comes soon.