The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru saw yet another terrific encounter of cricket when arch rivals India and Pakistan locked horns for the ultimate battle in Blind Cricket T20 World Cup 2017. Already, lost to Pakistan in a league match previously in the tournament, the Indian team was looking for some turn around in this one. The home side didn’t even disappoint themselves as they bagged a thumping victory by 9 wickets while chasing 198 runs in 20 overs.
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Q)How do you feel after winning this World Cup ?
A)It’s a great feeling and we are very proud of ourselves. We have had performed really well throughout the tournament and winning in the final against Pakistan is a great feeling in itself. We lost just one match and the loss came against Pakistan so this win is even better.
Q)You grabbed the finale win against Pakistan. Tell us something about it.
A)Beating Pakistan in a final match is an amazing feeling. Though, we just went into the game keeping in mind that we have to win it but still beating Pakistan becomes more special. Moreover, as I said we lost to them in the league match earlier in the tournament so this victory becomes more significant.
Q)The tournament is not affiliated by BCCI. So what is your message for the board in that context ?
A)Well, this is disappointing and I urge the board as well as the Government to come up with something that can help us. Pakistan Cricket Board backs blind cricket in their country and their players get all the required support from them. Moreover, if players like MS Dhoni or Sachin Tendulkar would have achieved the same feat, the reactions from the Board would have had a different story. So my request is to look upon the issue and help us with the cause.
Q)Your team will be meeting the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 16th February, 2017. What would you discuss ?
A)This would be the second time that we will have the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We have met him previously in 2014 as well. Frankly, we would like to tell him about the problems that we are facing and would request him to look into the matter. We would talk to him about starting a campaign for us just like he started Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Q)What kind of reactions have you got from Haryana Government as you belong from that state ?
A)Unfortunately, I haven’t received a single message from Haryana State Government as well as the Sports Ministry. Though, my teammates have been getting messages from their State Government and getting the much deserved appreciation but for me the wishes haven’t come yet.
Q)How the fans and media hailing you after the World Cup triumph ?
A)As far as the media and fans are concerned, we have got a lot of appreciation. I thank media for the kind of support they are showing and for praising us. Also, I want to thank the fans too for coming out in numbers to appreciate our success.