Team India defended their T20 Blind World Cup title, beating Pakistan in a thrilling final in Bengaluru on Sunday. It was a match of great thrill and excitement as bat dominated the ball with batsmen from both teams making merry. Cricwizz reporter was present at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium to witness the match and it was as exciting and fun as the other traditional format. Cricwizz takes a look why watching cricket for visually challenged is really fun.
Big hitting: Although the bowling is underarm, the visually challenged cricketers pack enough punch in their batting to hit boundaries at will. They keep a horizontal bat and drag or pull the ball hard to either hit it in the air for boundaries or in the gap for fours. Cricketers who are partially, visually challenged keep the normal batting stance and hit hard in the air or in the ground for runs. The hero of the 2017 Blind T20 World Cup final, Prakasha Jayaramaiah kept a normal batting stance and repeatedly lofted the ball straight over the bowler’s head for fours. It was exciting to see him express himself fully during the final and entertain the fans.
Excellent fielding: As the fielders rely on the noise created by the ball to stop it from running away to the boundary, they dive at will in an attempt to stop the ball. And when they pull off those stops, it makes for an exciting viewing to see this level of commitment and fielding. In the 2017 Blind T20 World Cup final, players from both the teams dived and made excellent stops.
The breath-taking shots: It’s not that the visually-challenged cricketers just attempt to drag or pull the ball. In the final, fans saw some excellent shots from the batsmen. The reverse sweep, lofted shots, straight drive were seen in abandon and made for exciting viewing.
Passionate cricketers: India took 8 Pakistan wickets for 81 runs in last 10 overs of the final. It helped India to restrict Pakistan to 197/9. It was great to see India make a spectacular fightback. And the passion among the cricketers was palpable and it pleased fans. During one such dismissal, Indian wicketkeeper celebrated it with the Champion Dance. The Indian players made gestures for fans to cheer for them loudly. It was an indeed exciting final.
Fans support: Some 20,000 fans had assembled at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday to watch the India-Pakistan final. And it was a carnival of sorts, as toddlers to elderly made an appearance and enjoyed the match to the hilt. It was indeed heartwarming to see fans come out in such large numbers to support the home team. It shows cricket of all forms has the charm to attract fans to the stadium and occupy a special place in their hearts.