New Delhi: The Indian Blind Cricket Team lifted the 4th ODI World Cup, 2014 for the Blind beating Pakistan in South Africa on 7th December, 2014 at Cape Town South Africa. Severn countries participated in the Tournament - India, Pakistan, Australia, Sri Lanka, England, South Africa and Bangladesh.
The Captain of the Indian Team was Shekar Naik & the highest scorer was Prakash J who scored 82 in 38 balls. The second best scorer Ketanbhai Patel from Gujarat scored 76 runs. He was also the Man of the Match & the Man of the Series. Cricket Association for the Blind India – promoted and supported by Samarthanam – organized the 1st T20 World Cup at Bangalore in 2012 which was won by India. Presently India is the champion of both formats. The second T-20 World Cup will be organized in India in 2016.
India's Blind World Cup Winning Team calls on PM
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today met India`s Blind World Cup winning team. The team had won the 4th ODI World Cup, 2014 for the Blind, hosted by South Africa earlier this month. The Prime Minister was presented a special cricket ball which is used for blind cricket. He later asked the players to sign on the ball, adding that he would present this ball to a museum in a cricket club. The Prime Minister told the players that they had not only brought laurels to the India, but had also inspired many physically challenged people through their feats. The Prime Minister met each of the cricketers individually, and posed for photographs with them.
The Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot today met and congratulated the victorious Blind Cricket Team which returned from South Africa after winning the 4th ODI World Blind Cricket Tournament. Appreciating the achievement the Minister said the team has achieved a spectacular victory and he felt proud that the differently abled sports person are not lagging behind other athletes in bringing glory to the country.
The Minister further added that the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has been actively supporting the cause of differently abled persons of all categories. Congratulating the team on the occasion were Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Vijay Sampla, Ms Stuti Kacker, Secretary, Department of Disability Affairs, , Shri Prasanna Kumar Pincha, Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities
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