Disabled cricketer Iqbal Singh proves strong will power can make a difference

  • Sondeep Singh Sandhu, Hindustantimes.com, Bathinda
  • Updated: Feb 21, 2015 21:57 IST

Iqbal Singh, the only member of the Indian handicapped cricket team from Punjab in the Asia Cup 2015 held at Agra, did not accept defeat because of his disability and proved that a strong willpower can make a difference. He has proved that everything is possible with determination and hard work.

The handicapped cricket team won the Asia Cup 2015 tournament held at Agra beating Afghanistan in the finals on February 17.

Earlier too, Iqbal had played for India against Sri Lanka and declared best all-rounder and best fielder of the tournament.

He said that he did not get any professional coaching and achieved all by his own hard work. He belongs to a Sikh family of Nahian Wala village. He said he had a passion for cricket from the very young age. However, he suffered an electric shock and lost the ability to move his right hand in 2005 and remained on the bed for more than eight months.

Then he said he had lost hope to play cricket. One day, his mother noticed a handicapped cricket team match being telecast on television and told Iqbal about it. He gathered information about the selection criteria for the tam and after very hard practice, he started playing cricket for the handicapped team. He has been playing cricket for more than three years.

First he gave trials for the Indian handicapped cricket team in 2011, but did not succeed. He regularly played cricket while doing BTech (mechanical) at Desh Bhagat Engineering College, Moga.

He got selected for the Indian team in 2014. He borrowed money from his friends to participate in the international cricket tournaments. He is anxious about his future in cricket because of expenses and his economic condition.

He said he is the only player from Punjab in the Indian handicapped cricket team, but the state government has done nothing for him and has not appreciated his achievement.

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