Facing all the odds, facing all the difficulties, without any form of support from BCCI, the tournament did happen which is itself a big success. The Indian Wheelchair team travelled by train for 36 hrs from Mumbai, then took the bus for another 10 hrs to reach Kathmandu.
Whether you talk about the logistics to live streaming to proper live scoring to providing all the players with the right facilities and kits, it was wonderful to see Wheelchair Cricket getting a boost. After India defeating Pakistan in their previous outing in the same tournament, as the fate would have been, India locked horns with Pakistan for the all important finals.
Batting first, India which has one of the strongest batting line up once again took on the bowlers with dominance hitting 210/2 in 20 overs. Saurabh Malik who is at present one of the best Wheelchair batsman in the world continued his sparkling form hitting a magnificent 104* off 63 balls in the finals. Parsuram Desle who is another batsman who displayed great batting abilities chipped in with 63* as India were into a strong position.
Chasing a mammoth 211 in 20 overs, Muhammad Latif anchored the team towards a big win with an unbeaten156*. Latif hammered the bowlers en-route his 156 off mere 68 balls which included 27 boundaries and five biggies. That fabulous knock also earned him the man-of-the-match award in the finals. From the Indian bowlers, Centurion Saurabh Malik took two wickets for India, while Parashuram Desale and Vishwanath Gurav chipped in with a wicket each.
Winners of the Asia Cup-Pakistan received Rs 60,000 along with the prestigious Trophy, medals and certificates, while runners-up India got a cash prize of Rs 30,000. Pakistan’s star batsman Muhammad Latif won two awards namely “Player of the Series” and the “Best Batsman” — and he recieved Rs 8,500 in total cash Prize. Indian stars Saurabh Malik and Laxman Birhade were named the “Best Bowler” and “Best Fielder” respectively and they received Rs 3,500 each in cash prize.
Indian Captain Ramesh Sartape in the final post match ceremony thanked all the sponsors and supporters for promoting and encouraging the Indian Wheelchair Cricket team and at the same time he promises to come back harder with his Men in Blue in the future tournaments. It was also wonderful to see 4 nations namely Bangladesh-India-Pakistan-Nepal coming together under one roof, bonding and embracing each other improving the ties of the countries.
Special Pledge & Notification to
Mumbai Cricket Association
- Sachin tendulkar.
For acknowledging the Indian Wheelchair team and supporting them in future.
Thanking Sponsors for their Unrelentess Support-
- Haji Ali Dargah Trust
- Omtex Sports– For providing the most professional, best in class kits and apparel.
- Helo- For Sponsoring the Tournament and making it happen.
- Cric-score.in- for professional and seamless live online scoring on their app and website
- Shutter for Sports- For their professional photography capturing some of the most historic moments which all the 4 nations will cherish forever
- Fast & Up India- For always keeping us energized and providing us supplies which National level athletes use.
- Payyade Sports Club & Gaurav Payyade
Special Thanks to-
- International Council of Wheelchair Cricket
- All India Cricket Association for Physically Challenged
Bhartiya Divyang Cricket-team
Wheelchair Cricket Association Maharashtra
Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association