The two are crazy for cricket. They follow the Indian cricket team wherever they go. They are easily recognisable and have become the unofficial mascots of Indian cricket team. Meet Dharamveer Singh Pal and Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary who are always seen in the ground wherever the ‘Men in Blue’ play their international fixture.
Dharamveer is the captain of India’s differently-abled cricket team. He is seen across the boundary line working up as a ball boy. He was 18-months old when he was struck with polio. It left him immobile from waist down. He uses his arms to walk. However, he is said to have excellent speed with a sharp throw in his armoury. He travels with the Indian cricket team and his expenses are taken care of by the players.
In an interaction with a cricket website, he told, “I want to be connected with cricket till my last breath and support Men in Blue till then. You know, I am an inspiration for all those people who think that polio disease didn’t let them do anything.”
On the other hand, Sudhir is a big fan of Indian cricketing god Sachin Tendulkar. He colours his full body in tri-colour and supports the Indian team in the stands, waving a big flag in his hand and also plays a traditional Indian musical instrument during the match. He has Tendulkar written on his torso.
Sachin is his biggest supporter. Every year, Sudhir travels to Mumbai from his native in Muzaffarpur to give 1000 litchis (a form of fruit) at Tendulkar’s house. Sachin sponsors his tickets to all India matches. Sachin has saved Sudhir on numerous occasions from getting beaten by the cops as the fan had gone to extreme to meet the Indian cricketing god.
However, Sudheer was the lucky one to lay his hand on the 2011 World Cup trophy and click a pic with the Indian cricketing god.