Team India Blind World Cup hero Prakash Jayaramaiah to share individual prize money with teammates
by Arya Author
Published - Feb 14, 2017 5:49 pm | Updated - Feb 14, 2017 5:49 pm
The visually impaired Team India on Sunday lifted the Blind World Cup title for the 2nd time defeating Pakistan by 9 wickets in the final at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Prakash Jayaramaiah was instrumental in India chasing down the stiff target set by Pakistan with relative comfort. His unbeaten innings of 99 ensured India reached the target of 198 with more than 2 overs to spare. His unbeaten also won him the Man of the Match Award.
“I have no regrets on being not able to register a hundred. India’s victory was more important than my century. I don’t consider the nineties to be the nervous figures. In the tournament, I scored 96, 99, 99, 115 and 99 runs. Nineties, on the contrary, have proven to be my favourite figure”, he added.
Jayaramaiah who is a B-3 category player from Karnataka won the Man of the Match and Man of the series awards bagging prize money of Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 25,000 respectively. The amount is just a peanut comparing to the fees what Virat Kohli and his men get but the Prakash still decided to distribute the whole amount among his team members.
“All the prize money won collectively and individually will be shared among all players,” he added. “There was some pressure playing against Pakistan. The Pakistani team was really good and strong but Indian team is lucky to beat Pakistan on previous occasions also,” he said.
“I was confident that my team would be able to pull this victory off. We did it in 2012 and I think this gave us a psychological edge over them. A loss in the group stage served us a wake-up call as were trying different combinations and got us to execute our plans better in the finals,” captain Ajay Reddy told after leading India to their 2nd World Cup title.
“I have enjoyed leading my team to this success but my job is not over”. He revealed that despite winning the tournament most of his colleagues are without a proper job. “Without a proper job, it is difficult to manage playing. Though sponsorships have come up in the recent past we are expecting that the BCCI and the government look at our plight. Our boys are giving in so much but in return are not getting any recognition. It is time that they sort things out” Ajay had said after the World Cup triumph.