Twitter applauds India on winning the Blind World Cup for second time
Sunil Ramesh stepped up and played a great knock worth 93 to help them retain the Cup. He was well supported by skipper Ajay Reddy who scored 63 runs.
Updated - Jan 20, 2018 8:24 pm
Defending champions India successfully retained their title in the Blind World Cup 2018 as they held their nerves to beat Pakistan by two wickets in the final of the 5th edition of the tournament in Sharjah on Saturday. Being sent into bat first, the hosts scored 308 for the loss of eight wickets in the allocated 40 overs with memorable performances from Badar Munir who scored 57, while Riasat Khan added 48 runs to the team’s total. Captain Nisar Ali also managed to add 47 runs.
For India, Sunil Ramesh stepped up and played a great knock worth 93 to help them retain the Cup. He was well supported by skipper Ajay Reddy who scored 63 runs. The Men in Blue reached the target in the penultimate over with two wickets in hand. Their innings began on a good note as they raced to 111/1 after 15 overs but soon lost two quick wickets in the form of run-outs to be 116/3 after 16th over.
Despite getting three consecutive wickets, Pakistan were unable to restrict India when they were inching towards the target because a wide-ball that went to cross the boundary confirmed India’s victory in the final. They did stutter towards the closing stages of the game after they lost Ajay followed by two hasty dismissals but the defending champs did well to hold their nerves to win the final.
The Pakistan Blind Cricket Council had also invited ICC CEO David Richardson, former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas and former Indian wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani to witness the final.
Earlier in the tournament, the India team had defeated Pakistan by 7 wickets in the group stage. The Men in Green made it to the final after defeating Sri Lanka by 156 runs while India beat Bangladesh by seven wickets to book their place in the final. In fact, the title winners entered the final undefeated in the entire tournament.
Twitter rose to the occasion to wish our Men in Blue on their special victory:
— Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) January 20, 2018
Allways a great feeling when you win,specifically against Pakistan. Well done team India proud of you.Jai Hind #BlindCricketWorldCup
— Chetan Sharma (@chetans1987) January 20, 2018
Congratulations to each and every member of the Indian team for winning the #BlindCricketWorldCup
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 20, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 20, 2018
Few years ago, took blind cricket organisers to a BCCI chief; lots of nice words but no support; asked a big star for help, fine words, no help. Ditto with private sponsor of cricket. Time to walk the talk! #BlindCricketWorldCup
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) January 20, 2018
Consulate General of India to organize a felicitation program for the players and officials of Indian blind cricket team at 7 pm tomorrow in Consulate auditorium #BlindCricketWorldCup pic.twitter.com/AeqyiTWVlg
— SANKALP NEWS (@sankalpnewsin) January 20, 2018
India Won the #BlindCricketWorldCup. This is the proof that we can beat Pakistan in any circumstances. Even with closed eyes.
Proud of our boys.@BCCI @ICC @blind_cricket @virendersehwag @RaviShastriOfc @Ra_THORe
— Prashant Singh (@Babusaahab) January 20, 2018
— Rajat Hardi (@rajathardi) January 20, 2018
Congratulations to our cricket team for winning the 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup! They make the nation proud and inspire every Indian with their game as well as phenomenal attitude. True champions!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 20, 2018
— Aashu Agrawal (@AashuAgrawal8) January 20, 2018
Congratulations Indian Team!Beating Pakistan in whatever format or in whatever sport is always such a proud feeling!!#BlindCricketWorldCup
— Dr.Mamta Singh (@savitrimamta) January 20, 2018
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) January 20, 2018
#BlindCricketWorldCup many congratulations to India blind cricket team on winning the second world title
— Naveen Kumar (@ebcf7f1bbb90424) January 20, 2018
Congratulations to Indian cricket team for winning the world cup. A great run chase by the men in blue. #BlindCricketWorldCup
— Abhishek Thakur (@Thakur_519) January 20, 2018