Modi congratulates blind cricket team on World Cup win

New Delhi: Soon after India lifted the Blind Cricket World Cup title on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the team and said it was an inspiration for the entire country. Md Jafar Iqbal and Pankaj Bhue from Odisha were part of the world-cup winning Indian squad.

Modi said the team had made the nation proud with its “phenomenal attitude”.

“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!” Modi said in a tweet.

Earlier, India beat arch-rivals Pakistan by two wickets in a thrilling final in Sharjah to lift its second Blind Cricket World Cup title.

Pakistan put up 307 for 8 in 40 overs. Badar Muni scored 57 in 61 balls. Risayat Khan’s 48 in 38 balls and skipper Nisar Ali quick 47 were the highlights of Pakistan innings. Deepak Malik and Rambir took two wickets each and Sunil Ramesh took one.

During the chase, Sunil Ramesh’ scintillating 93 runs in 67 balls and skipper Ajay Reddy’s 62 in 60 balls guided India to win with a over to spare.

Prakash and Venkatesh opened in grand style and gave India a flying start. They managed the scoring rate at 10 per over. Venkatesh scored 35 in 32 balls, while Prakash scored 44 in 42 balls.