National Blind Tourney: Sandeep's stars as Maharashtra beat Punjab

Sandeep Ghuge's all-round performance helped Maharashtra register a 10-wicket win over Punjab in the T-20 National Blind Tournament at Islam Gymkhana yesterday.

Sandeep Ghuge in action at Islam Gymkhana yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble
Sandeep Ghuge in action at Islam Gymkhana yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble 

Sandeep clinched one wicket and effected two run-outs before scoring an unbeaten 56.

Electing to bat, Punjab got bowled out for 112 runs in 15 overs with Chandan Lal being the highest scorer with 64 runs. It was Chandan's run out, effected by Sandeep, that changed the game in Maharashtra's favour.

Maharashtra achieved their target in just six overs with 21-year-old Sandeep scoring an unbeaten 56 off 22 balls.

Sandeep, who hails from Nanded, has cataract in both eyes and has 40% visibility.

"I was born with cataract in both eyes. We have a small farmland in Nanded where we grow cotton. I could get back my vision if I undergo a cataract surgery.

However, since there is no fixed income, my family cannot afford to get the surgery done. I have got used to living like this and I enjoy my life the way it is. I still haven't given up on the hope of getting back my vision," said the SYBA student.

Rules of blind cricket

Each team should have five players who are totally blind and six with partial visibility. To avoid cheating, the totally blind players are asked to play with a blindfold. If a totally blind player scores one run, it is counted as two runs. The ball with which they play is called an audio ball — it is a specially made ball for blind cricket which, as the name suggests, makes a noise that enables even a blind player to bat or chase it while fielding.

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