Despite their physical limitations, a cricket team comprising ten blind students, are leaving no stones unturned and are sweating it out in the school nets to prepare for their friendly match against Kings XI Punjab to be played at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Friday. Not only are they determined to give their all, these blind students are confident of upsetting the star-studded IPL team.
Overcoming their disability, these students of Institute of Blind, Sector 26, are confident of stealing a win against KXIP. According to the school officials, these players will have a ten-minute friendly session with the KXIP players at the nets in the stadium before the match.
These blind students will play the match using a special plastic ball so that they can hit the ball on hearing the sound of the ball hitting the ground.
To prepare for the match, these students have been slugging it out under the watchful eyes of the coaches of the school. Both the coaches, Aarti Sood and Rakesh Sharma, are not only helping with the training of these students on the ground but off the ground also.
To break the physical barriers of these students, who are cricket fanatics, the coaches try to make the ongoing IPL matches enjoyable for the student by making them listen to the cricket commentary.
According to Sharma, these students have their own idols and favourite teams, and they also like to keep tab of the development about their teams and players by listening to the commentary.
“These boys are crazy about cricket and they all have their own favourites. Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, are some of the players who have a large fan following among these students. Interestingly, they also discuss how these players usually get out. They all want to hit the KXIP bowlers for sixes and fours while few of them want to pick up the wicket of Virender Sehwag. They play cricket for hours on daily basis to prepare for the match against KXIP. They all want to win,” shared Sharma.
Sukhwinder, one of the bowlers, expressed his excitement: “We are looking forward to meet the star cricketers and it will be great to bowl against the top cricketers. I will try to win the match for the team.”
KXIP, according to a team official, is yet to decide the side for the match. Also, the match has been organised to support a social cause as few HIV AIDS survivors from the country will also take part in the match.
“Kings XI Punjab has been associated with Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and thus they are doing it for social good. Though the match is fixed for Friday, the KXIP players for the match are yet to be decided,” stated an official.
Chairman of the Institute of Blind, Major General (Retd) Rajendra Nath, said that these children are not less than anyone and said that they could win the match.