President Murmu Meets Winners of T20 World Cup for the Blind 2022
24 December, 2022 | Pranay Lad
The winners of the T20 World Cup for the Blind 2022 were greeted by President Droupadi Murmu on Friday at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi.
The Indian cricket team received praise from the president for upholding the nation’s honour. She asserted that individuals will be inspired to succeed despite obstacles by their courage and tenacity. Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister for Sports, earlier presented awards to the Indian blind cricket team, who had just won the T20 World Cup for the Blind for the third time. The minister congratulated the players and presented them with shawls and mementos.
In the third T20 World Cup for the Blind, which was played on Saturday at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, India defeated Bangladesh by 120 runs and won the tournament for the third time in a row thanks to outstanding centuries from Sunil Ramesh and skipper Ajay Kumar Reddy.
India won the championship while going undefeated. Thawar Chand Gehlot, the governor of Karnataka, gave out prizes to the winners and runners-up.
Ajay Kumar Reddy, the captain of India, chose to bat after winning the toss in this game. Vice-captain D joined in-form batsman Sunil Ramesh’s batting order.
Venkateswara Rao will start the game. Salman’s removal of Venkareswara in the fourth over with the score at just 28 gave Bangladesh the best possible start to the finals. With Lalit Meena’s stumps being castled by Salman, India was dealt a twin blow in the same over, dropping to 29/2.
Unfortunately, that was the only happiness Bangladesh experienced during that innings as from that point on, it was Sunil Ramesh and captain Ajay Kumar Reddy’s show.
With confidence, the two Indian batters took on the Bangladeshi bowling attack and played shots all over the field. The bowlers were unable to counter the informed Indian batters’ attack. When he was dropped in the deep while batting at 40, Ajay Kumar Reddy was granted a reprieve. As they kept adding runs, the hitters did not allow the bowling side any opportunities. With a boundary, Sunil Ramesh reached his hundred, his third of the competition. In the innings’ penultimate over, Ajay hit his milestone.
The batsmen put together an unbroken 248-run stand for the third wicket to raise the total to a whopping 277 in the allotted 20 overs.
With the help of 24 boundaries and one six, Sunil scored 136 runs off of 63 balls. Ajay scored 100 runs off of 50 balls, including 18 boundaries.
Chasing a significant target, the experienced Bangla openers Salman and captain Md. Ashiqur Rahman got off to a strong start but was unable to hit any home runs. Particularly following the power play overs, which produced very little output for Bangladesh, the Indian bowlers bowled some tight overs that raised the run rate and piled pressure on the Bangladesh hitters. After a first-wicket partnership of 56 runs, Lalit Meena’s dismissal of the Bangladesh skipper for 21 in the ninth over cost them their first wicket.
On the other side, Salman was making every effort to increase the scoring, but the Indian team was obedient and limited the batters. On his path to reaching his fifty-run mark, Salman shared partnerships of 42 runs with Abid for the second wicket and 48 runs with Arif Ullah for the third wicket. Arif Ullah scored 22 while Abid scored 18. Salman was still undefeated after 77 balls. With 425 runs from 7 innings, he also finished the tournament as the top run-getter. Bangladesh, despite only managing 157/3 after 20 overs, will play again after displaying some resiliency.