Jammu blind cricketer in Indian team

JAMMU: A young Jammu all rounder, Rohit Kumar Sharma has been selected in the Indian blind cricket team for the upcoming three-nation series involving England, Sri Lanka and India hosted by India at twin venues of Bangalore and Goa from October five to October 13.

One of the only two centurions in the country, this exceptionally talented cricketer belongs to village New Basti, Shamka in RS Pura Tehsil of district Jammu.

A Post Graduate in English, who serves with Bank of Baroda as Probationer Officer (PO), Rohit has been selected in the Team India on the basis of 120 runs made for the North Zone in the Inter-Zonal National Championship in 2017.

The Blind Cricket in India is looked after by Cricket Association of Blind in India (CABI) and in J&K, the state association works as Cricket Association of Blind in J&K.

"It is very difficult to score a century, especially in B-1 category. A B-1 category player has to bowl extra overs as compare to other bowlers in the team besides batting and fielding," disclosed Rohit in conversation with SAN.

In J&K the Cricket Association for Blind organise events on their own with any support. The general secretary of the Association, Ajay Thakur has expressed his unhappiness with the State Government for little support and encouraged during all these years of their playing cricket.

"Rohit is a gifted talent and has to his credit one of the two centuries in India. He has been selected in B-1 category of complete blind purely on the basis of his performance. Rohit shall join the team India at Bangalore on September 23 for a brief preparation camp prior to the competition," informed Ajay.

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