T20 World Cup for the Blind 2012 December 13, 2012

Lots of cheer as India win T20 World Cup for the Blind

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India against Pakistan, in the final of the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup. No, we're not talking Johannesburg 2007, but Bangalore 2012. This time, it was the inaugural T20 World Cup for the Blind, which India took by 29 runs.

The 12-day tournament, comprising nine teams, signed-off with much fanfare. There was India's national broadcaster, Doordarshan, on hand to telecast the match. There were cheerleaders and the customary T20 bugle call being blasted over the PA. There were radio jockeys with boundary-side updates, and there were local actors to add a dash of glamour and get the crowd going. And, most vitally, there was a crowd to get going. A crowd that numbered around 4000.

"I don't think I'll ever experience anything like this in my life again," South Africa's visually-impaired cricket team captain, Desigan Pillay, said, as the spectators launched into a chant. His team-mate, Hendrik Christiaan, backed him up: "Back home, your wife thinks you're great. And, probably, your mum. But to see so many people here, creating such an atmosphere, it's very encouraging."

Batting first on a Central College ground with a patchy outfield, India got to 258 for 8 - not a very intimidating total by blind cricket standards. At one point though, it looked like they might get much less. Enter Ketanbhai Patel, one of the four fully blind or B1 players in the XI (among the partially-sighted players, four are B2s - players who can see up to three metres - and the remaining three are B3s or those who can see up to six metres). As per the rules, B1 players have their scores doubled and so, when they click, they can make a huge difference for their team. Today, Ketanbhai clicked. He scored 98 off 43 balls, caught and bowled two short of a rare B1 century.

Pakistan came into the final unbeaten, and are the only team to make it to the finals of all four global blind cricket tournaments to date - this one, and the three 40-overs World Cups before this. They won two of those titles, the most recent being a victory over India in Islamabad in 2006. This time round, though, the very vocal home crowd wasn't behind them and the pressure seemed to get to Pakistan. They lost wickets in a hurry and the run outs in the innings showed that they were nervous.

By the time the final over began, the game was over and the Indian fans knew it. Most left the shade of the shamiyanas (tents) surrounding the field, and crowded the boundary boards. The moment the final ball was bowled, and the 29-run win official, they spilled on to the field despite the best efforts of the volunteers and the police. Photographers with cameras flashing, schoolchildren draped with flags, physically challenged in wheelchairs … they were all out there. Some sprayed bottled coke on others, while the crackers went off in the background.

Over the next hour, the Indian visually-impaired team was hugged and hoisted on shoulders and raucously celebrated. After the speeches - several of them - mementos were handed out to all the teams by former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga and former India wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani, among others. The star player of the tournament, India batsman Prakash Jairamaiah, was garlanded and India captain Shekhar Naik was handed the trophy. Of course, there were a few well-deserved cheques handed out too.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 16, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Why did the man of the match only get Rs. 5000? 100 dollars for being the star performer in the World Cup? That's it?

  • on December 15, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    The blind are making the kill.. and the ones that can see have turned a blind eye. Can BCCI be any more pathetic?

  • liaqathussain on December 15, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    well done,,, blind cricket is a huge step for people with disabilities,

    im proud of the pakistan players and what they have achieved,

    inshaallah next time boys , alhamdolilah,

  • on December 15, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Very, very well done... you continue to maintain our good record against Pakistan in World Cups! Well done boys!

  • kc69 on December 15, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    We are proud of you guys...........

  • hemanofindia on December 14, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Congratulations! Let us cheer for every player for all the participating teams. Its good to know all of them tried and really enjoyed their game. Lets salute that zeal and passion! Bravo people. Well done we are proud of you!

  • on December 14, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    I was so happy to watch the live telecast on TV. I hope BCCI declares some awards for them and grant them quality equipments, grounds and coaches for training!

  • jsdhhhhhh on December 14, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Its not BLIND. Kindly correct it as VISUALLY IMPAIRED. Dont be too rude!!!

  • on December 14, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    being the blind persons playing the cricket, they have to be awarded more than what they have received now........ poor thinking from the cricket board!!!

  • sheenu on December 14, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Congratulations to the heroes!!You made us all proud!! Keep it up, and all the best in your future games.

  • on December 16, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Why did the man of the match only get Rs. 5000? 100 dollars for being the star performer in the World Cup? That's it?

  • on December 15, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    The blind are making the kill.. and the ones that can see have turned a blind eye. Can BCCI be any more pathetic?

  • liaqathussain on December 15, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    well done,,, blind cricket is a huge step for people with disabilities,

    im proud of the pakistan players and what they have achieved,

    inshaallah next time boys , alhamdolilah,

  • on December 15, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Very, very well done... you continue to maintain our good record against Pakistan in World Cups! Well done boys!

  • kc69 on December 15, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    We are proud of you guys...........

  • hemanofindia on December 14, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Congratulations! Let us cheer for every player for all the participating teams. Its good to know all of them tried and really enjoyed their game. Lets salute that zeal and passion! Bravo people. Well done we are proud of you!

  • on December 14, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    I was so happy to watch the live telecast on TV. I hope BCCI declares some awards for them and grant them quality equipments, grounds and coaches for training!

  • jsdhhhhhh on December 14, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Its not BLIND. Kindly correct it as VISUALLY IMPAIRED. Dont be too rude!!!

  • on December 14, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    being the blind persons playing the cricket, they have to be awarded more than what they have received now........ poor thinking from the cricket board!!!

  • sheenu on December 14, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Congratulations to the heroes!!You made us all proud!! Keep it up, and all the best in your future games.

  • on December 14, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    India done it again. Congrats team!!!!

  • BoomBoom_Khan on December 14, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Congrats to the Indian team and fans. With open arms from Pakistan. Can't wait for the regular series. Cheers!

  • on December 14, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Atleast one INDIAN team has a winning habit

  • on December 14, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    congratulation to all Indian team ...... hats off

  • on December 14, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Being the biggest Cricket board, BCCI should announce the team some prize money like they had given for Indian Cricket Team in 2007. Really, its a shame if they don't do it. Common guys after all that hard luck with their life, they made us proud.....

  • banglafan on December 14, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    I am speechless. These wonderfully courageous people have shown that nothing is impossible. They are not seeking sympathy. They have played the game as equals. They have conquered far more than we can dream of. We salute you.

  • jammm on December 14, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    great moment for india love team india. any body see the cash prize for man of the match 5000 rupees is rediculous, is this a insult for playing so hard through out the days.see the above picture man of the match cheque

  • on December 14, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    a big cheers to the complete team, wonderful show.

  • rajachandra on December 14, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    It is a shame KSCA did not offer Chinnaswamy Stadium for the tournament. They give it to Miss word, Sri. Ravi Shankar and even Sharuk Khan extravaganza ! what an irony! Mr. Kumble & Srinath you owe an explanation ! It is high time you make amends and at least honor the team and award some befitting prize money.

  • on December 14, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Being the biggest Cricket board, BCCI should announce the team some prize money like they had given for Indian Cricket Team in 2007. Really, its a shame if they don't do it. Common guys after all that hard luck with their life, they made us proud.....

  • mfmfaiq on December 14, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Cricket Has Everything... That's Why Cricket is the Game of Love & Unity!! All The Best to All the Players!! You Heroes!!

  • on December 14, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Congratulations to team....

  • baghels.a on December 14, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Congratulations to the Indian team for there victory, Well done guys, it is good to see the article published and nice to see fans extend there best wishes, hope disabled sports and sportspersons are given encouragement and due reward.

  • Sivach on December 14, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    LET US GIVE CREDIT TO THESE REAL CRICKETERS AND HEROES!! Congrats :)

  • on December 14, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    An eye opener to the world of cricket...Indians love their cricket...WC, U19WC and now BlindT20WC...we have the WCs.

  • on December 14, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Hats off for all the team who participated in this tornament!!!!!

  • on December 14, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Congratz to the team well done

  • on December 14, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Congratulations to the whole team :-)

  • on December 14, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    congratulations to our blind players

  • sachislife2310 on December 14, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Speechless!!! I salute u ppl

  • on December 14, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Team India should inspire from these boys and seek how to win. If our Dhoni & co should watch this match, so they learn what is dedication when you play for country

  • anuragpatil on December 14, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Well the India & Pakistan both deserves accolades. I felt very very sorry for Pakistan blind cricket captain Zeeshan Abbasi when he accidentally consumed diluted soap. Well done India & Pakistan both of you!

  • on December 14, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    congratss team india..u r truely desering...!!

  • on December 14, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Congratulations Team India..:-) You guys made us proud..:-) Sad to hear that man of the match award is just 5K bucks..:-( Atleast now Government of India,BCCI and the respective state governments should encourage these guys.

  • on December 14, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    India proved world class in Cricket !!!! congrats to team INDIA. Proud of them

  • ashok1259 on December 14, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Congratulations You made us proud

  • on December 14, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    Superb performance boys..Love you guys..God bless you all with more ability to win more Cricket matches :)

  • on December 14, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Well done Team India ... Heartiest Congratulation

  • sandy_bangalore on December 14, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Really hope the BCCI(swimming in cash) announces a cash reward for this well deserved victory. And hope some of the arrogant,pampered brigade of team India learn from these guys

  • on December 14, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    well done team pakistan u played exceptionlly well through out the tournment we love u all

  • on December 14, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Contracts to the Indian team on this spectacular win and which made the event more awesome is that winning against the Pakistan in finals. But the sad part is that the Man of the match reward was just 5000/-.

  • on December 14, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Nice work done by Indians....We feel proud for your achivement

  • bhrangi on December 14, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    Good news., congrats Team india.,.,@AndyZaltzmannsHair : Didn't you see that it is inaugural WC ?? First time they played and hence this article, it is not because India won it. If you still feel cricinfo biased to India, just look at the test match Ind vs Eng articles.

  • vpk23 on December 14, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    CONGRATS GUYS...GREAT! Lets hope this points out a message to our Regular Boys on how.....Not to Loose

  • on December 14, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    congrats for victory team india

  • on December 14, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Congrats Team India . . Man of Match just 5000/- . . ?

  • TheGecko on December 14, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair Population and following, my friend. Population and following. You just have to cater to the majority to be successful, there is no other way. And whatever be the reason, U19 WC & Blind WC now get the recognition they deserve, that can only be good for cricket.

  • pakcricrulz on December 13, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Heart Felt Congratulations to the Blind Indian Cricket Team from a Pakistani ! The comment from my brother Sridhar Gantyala puts everything in context. What all of this means to a disabled athlete whether he be from Pakistan or India or where ever.

  • on December 13, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Congrats Team INDIA :) Well done!

  • on December 13, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    congrats the great Indians on such achievements

  • tturk on December 13, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Well.Done.India........That is coming from a very proud Pakistani. Well Done. To Both Teams. :)

  • Legaleagle on December 13, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Congratulations from Pakistan!!

  • whippingBails on December 13, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Congrats to the Indian Team. Congrats also to the Pakistani side for making it to the finals. Congratulations to all the teams who participated bravely in this wonderful tournament.

  • on December 13, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Good Work done guys!!! Though the only sad point is in the image itself.

    MoM of a Cricket WC final gets a prize money of Rs 5000 only. :(-

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 13, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    A great win boys !!! Sometimes those of us with the God given gifts of sight, smell and sound forget to make proper use of them. In spite of their shortcomings, these wonderful people have shown us that there is nothing beyond impossible on this planet if we put our heart and soul behind it. I bet this team can beat England in the current test series. I never even heard about some of the players here BUT I thank God that I did today. It was wonderful to read about their achievement and hopefully the BCCI can do something for these players. We need more physically challenged people to take up sports in India. Hopefully this win is one among many more to come. God bless !!

  • Amit2018 on December 13, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    congrats...u guys made us proud...

  • on December 13, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    That's amazing.. Congrats India. it went as a dream from my eyes in 2006 to win the world cup for India. i still remember those hard moments when we lost to Pakistan, i could not step out from Islamabad without the world cup to India, that was been the most worst moments of my life but today the young Indian team have made it. when i was watching the finals today, i recalled my last finals, it is again the same opponent, i felt myself their in the ground with my team members who still continued to this tour. finally my dream has come true. we won the world cup for India.. my hearty congratulations to my beloved Indian Team. my hearty thanks to Cricket Association for the Blind in India(CABI) for organizing this tournament. a thanks from bottom of my heart to all the sponsors to this Tournament, a thanks to all the spectators, Print and Media Persons, well wishers, other team members. last but not least a special thanks to ESPN Crick info for publishing this news..

  • on December 13, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Great achievement. But sad to know that the man of the match award is just ₹ 5000 /-. The normal people get Millions for a Man of the match but a disabled less. Politics everywhere :(

  • on December 13, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Congrats Team INDIA !! Keep going !!

  • on December 13, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    b4 u show hw big a fan u r of INDIAN CRICKET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! did u evn knw these ppl existed???????? m nt disgracing them .... m sry f u ppl thnk so...... i've been followin thm fr this whole tour..... they deserve d recognition, UNLIKE D 1s WHO PLAY FR D "SO CALLED" REAL INDIAN team " with d ability 3 c d ball" nd yet PLAY LYK THEY R BLIND......... its amazig hw these ppl track d ball nd hit "SIXERS"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • arvind9990 on December 13, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    wow congrats to every indian for this tremendous victory .

  • on December 13, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    I am not sure but i guess i am the first 1 to write a comment, for me dis shows people's interest in entertainment but not in overall development of cricket n humanity as a whole dis guys deserve as many accolades as senior teams probably more bcz they are overcoming their disability, hope more ppl come forward & appreciate the lads

  • Sarthak1305 on December 13, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    what the man of the match award is just 5000 bucks?? I mean cricket bats cost more than that :-|

  • umsathyan on December 13, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    No politics nothing, visually impared Indian brothers won the world cup.....

  • on December 13, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Atleast one INDIAN team has a winning habit !! :P

  • on December 13, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Well written. Congratulations to the victors. Well done!

  • on December 13, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    good job... we are proud of u guys..

  • on December 13, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    lovely to hear how the crowd embraced this...

  • on December 13, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    i did watch the entire match on DD sports ..it was thrilling ..anyways congrats to team India n well played all other teams ..

  • on December 13, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Outstanding Achievement...!! Hats off to the boys...Hope our Test Team will gain some inspiration from this and bounce back to win the final match and draw the series!!

  • on December 13, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Congrats my brothers...........

  • banglafan on December 13, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Such a heartwarming story.

  • on December 13, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    So proud of them ! Very Happy !

  • on December 13, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Respect! Proud of u guyz, hope to see more of your cricket, kudos!

  • on December 13, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Well done Spl Team India..... You created history..... in NAMMA BEGALURU......Thanks for that.....!!!!

  • on December 13, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Many manycongrats to Indian Team!!!

  • Azweer on December 13, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    I Salute this Team... Really great... Congrats Team India...

  • on December 13, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    congratssss guysssss, .........................................

  • on December 13, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    congratulations for team india ....good play .

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on December 13, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Home advantage!! No but in all seriousness get some of these blind cricketers playing for their national teams. They can't do any worse than Kamran Akmal or Rohit Sharma.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on December 13, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Lol Cricinfo didn't care for the Blind WC until India won it. Reminds me very much of the U19 WC played earlier on in the year.

  • sumit176 on December 13, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    congrats india,,,well played both the teams

  • on December 13, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Cheers for the winners, They have overcome their weakness and are capable to do anything !!!!

  • on December 13, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Its Great News to Here....CHAK DE INDIA.

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  • on December 13, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Its Great News to Here....CHAK DE INDIA.

  • on December 13, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Cheers for the winners, They have overcome their weakness and are capable to do anything !!!!

  • sumit176 on December 13, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    congrats india,,,well played both the teams

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on December 13, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Lol Cricinfo didn't care for the Blind WC until India won it. Reminds me very much of the U19 WC played earlier on in the year.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on December 13, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Home advantage!! No but in all seriousness get some of these blind cricketers playing for their national teams. They can't do any worse than Kamran Akmal or Rohit Sharma.

  • on December 13, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    congratulations for team india ....good play .

  • on December 13, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    congratssss guysssss, .........................................

  • Azweer on December 13, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    I Salute this Team... Really great... Congrats Team India...

  • on December 13, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Many manycongrats to Indian Team!!!

  • on December 13, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Well done Spl Team India..... You created history..... in NAMMA BEGALURU......Thanks for that.....!!!!