The Indian team beat Pakistan in the T20 World Cup
Out of the Indian mainstream sports that is cricket, Indian Blind Cricket Team has also performed exceptionally well in the recent Blind Cricket World Cup, registering victory over Pakistan in the finals. The Indian Blind Cricket Team won the T20 World Cup, putting rest to speculations. The finals took place in the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. India chased down the target of 198 runs with nine wickets and 14 balls to spare. Pakistan had opted to bat first upon winning the toss, scoring a total of 197/8 in 20 overs. Later, Prakasha Jayaramaiah, the Indian opener, scored 99 runs, with the other opener Ajay Kumar Reddy scoring 43 runs, raising hopes for the team. Prakasha finished the game, with India scoring 200/1 in just 17.4 overs. The government has announced a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh for each member of the victorious team. “Each player of the blind cricket T20 World Cup winning squad will receive Rs 5 lakh prize money,” said Union Minister for Sports Vijay Goel. Speaking at the launch of the Delhi Gramin Khel Mahotsav, Goel also said that the government is committed to support the differently-abled players.
The team also met the Prime Minister, where Modi complimented the team members for their achievement and urged them to do even better in future. The team members presented the PM with an autographed bat, a ball and a team jersey with his name on it. Modi too, autographed a bat and a ball for the team. Now, with an aim to promote indigenous games and unearth talents from the remote parts of the country, the Sports Ministry will hold a multi-sport championship, Delhi Gramin Khel Mahotsav from March 25 to 31.
Goel said, “The festival will help involve rural youths in large numbers to participate in popular sports.”
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