T20 World Cup for the Blind 2012

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

Nikita Bastian in Bangalore

December 13, 2012

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The victorious Indian visually-impaired team with the inaugural T20 World Cup, Bangalore, December 13, 2012
India's visually-impaired team with their spoils © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

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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Posted by   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?

Posted by   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?

Posted by 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,

Posted by   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!

Posted by kc69 on (December 15, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

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

Posted by 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!

Posted by   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!

Posted by jsdhhhhhh on (December 14, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

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

Posted by   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!!!

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

India done it again. Congrats team!!!!

Posted by 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!

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

Atleast one INDIAN team has a winning habit

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.....

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

a big cheers to the complete team, wonderful show.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.....

Posted by 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!!

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Congratulations to team....

Posted by 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.

Posted by Sivach on (December 14, 2012, 8:24 GMT)


Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Congratz to the team well done

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

Congratulations to the whole team :-)

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

congratulations to our blind players

Posted by sachislife2310 on (December 14, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

Speechless!!! I salute u ppl

Posted by   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

Posted by 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!

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

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

Posted by ashok1259 on (December 14, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

Congratulations You made us proud

Posted by   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 :)

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 4:19 GMT)

Well done Team India ... Heartiest Congratulation

Posted by 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

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

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

Posted by   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/-.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

congrats for victory team india

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 2:33 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

Congrats Team INDIA :) Well done!

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

congrats the great Indians on such achievements

Posted by tturk on (December 13, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

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

Posted by Legaleagle on (December 13, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

Congratulations from Pakistan!!

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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. :(-

Posted by 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 !!

Posted by Amit2018 on (December 13, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

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

Posted by   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..

Posted by   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 :(

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

Congrats Team INDIA !! Keep going !!

Posted by   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"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by arvind9990 on (December 13, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

wow congrats to every indian for this tremendous victory .

Posted by   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

Posted by 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 :-|

Posted by umsathyan on (December 13, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Well written. Congratulations to the victors. Well done!

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

lovely to hear how the crowd embraced this...

Posted by   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 ..

Posted by   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!!

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

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

Posted by banglafan on (December 13, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

Such a heartwarming story.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

So proud of them ! Very Happy !

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Many manycongrats to Indian Team!!!

Posted by Azweer on (December 13, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

congratulations for team india ....good play .

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by sumit176 on (December 13, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

congrats india,,,well played both the teams

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

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

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