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Thatscricket - News - Indian blind cricketers crush Pakistan

Published: Wednesday, February 25, 2004, 0:20 [IST]
 
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Karachi:Blind Indian cricketer Rajinder Verma drew comparisons with sighted batting star Sachin Tendulkar as he hit a record 200 not out against Pakistan, guiding the tourists to a 161-run victory.

Verma, who is completely blind, hit four boundaries to compile the highest ever score by an Indian in this version of the game. India compiled a huge 409 for two in their 50 overs on Tuesday.

Pakistan managed 248 in 29 overs in reply with eight of their batsmen run out, giving India their first win after two defeats in the five-match series.

"Everyone praised me that I batted like Tendulkar and its a great honour for me to score the highest ever score for Indian blind team," said 28-year-old Verma, from Jaipur in Rajasthan State.

"I wish Tendulkar scores many runs and my country wins when they come to play Pakistan next month," added Verma, who teaches at a school for blind children in Kanpur, India.

Verma was involved in a second-wicket stand of 200 with captain Manvinder Verma, who made a polished 79.

"I suffered total blindness when I was five following a severe typhoid but follow cricket like religion and Tendulkar is my favourite," said Rajinder Verma, who hit 138 not out in the second match on Sunday.

Mohammad Fayyaz scored 65 for the home side and Mohammad Bhatti made 43 but sloppy running cost the home team the match.

The fourth match is scheduled in Sheikhupura on February 27 and the fifth at Rawalpindi on February 29.

Blind cricketers use a plastic ball packed with small metallic beans, which helps players track the its movement. Each team must have a certain number of fully blind, partially blind and partially sighted players.

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