Crippled by syringe and driven by cricket

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Faridabad:A careless nurse messed up an attempted inoculation leaving Dharambir crippled for life but his love for cricket is such that the 14-year-old Irfan Pathan fan is willing to crawl his way in to stadiums just to catch a glimpse of his heroes in action.

''My parents told me that I was eight months old then and was taken for inoculation. The nurse injected a fluid which had terrible reaction in my body and I was crippled,'' recalled the teenager, hailing from Muraina, Madhya Pradesh.

But the disability does not deter Dharambir from packing his little bag and travel on the floor of the unreserved compartment to see the Men in Blue in action.

This started after he saw an India-Sri Lanka match on television and fell in love with the game and Team India.

The gutsy boy is not just a follower of the game. He himself plays cricket and is the captain of Madhya Pradesh disabled cricketer's team.

''I'm not just a spectator, I play cricket too and in fact I'm the captain of the Madhya Pradesh disabled cricketers' team,'' Dharambir said, with a sense of pride.

He travelled to Mohali to see an India-Sri Lanka match and BCCI Pitch and Grounds Committee member Daljit Singh could not help taking an interest in the boy who crawls with his head buried under his arms and desperate to get a glimpse of the cricketers.

''I was surprised to see him following the cricketers even in the nets and his passion for the game struck me. He was ready for all the hardships just to see his Team India playing,'' Daljit told UNI.

''I told my parents that I'm going to visit a maternal uncle in Agra and reached Mohali,'' revealed Dharambir with an impish smile.

''I met Daljitsaab there and he gave me hundred rupees and also arranged my accommodation at the Mohali Stadium during the India-Sri Lanka One-dayer. Daljitsaab is here too and he has arranged my accommodation in the stadium,'' Dharambir said.

Eldest of the six siblings, Dharambir said his father works in a diamond factory in Surat and his parents have given up before his passion for the game.

The die-hard Irfan Pathan fan says ''He is a complete allrounder and gives 100 per cent in the middle'' and Dharambir cherishes his meeting with Yuvraj Singh in Mohali.

''Yuvraj was practicing in the nets and I said I would like to bowl to him. Fortunately he agreed and I bowled to him as well.

Later he gifted me the ball and told me a few things about fielding,'' he recalled.

''I also had a photo with Virender Sehwag who was curious to know who I am and how I reached there. I met Harbhajan Singh as well and I wanted to know about his doosra delivery and he demonstrated me how he delivers it,'' Dharambir said.

He rued he had to leave the India-England second Test at Mohali midway because of exams. But is excited about the ODI series after the completion of his exams.

''Now that the exams are over, I'm free and would like to watch as many matches as possible. I plan to travel to Goa after this match and follow other matches even though I'm not sure whether I can afford it,'' he added.

Asked what was his excuse this time as he left home, Dharambir insisted, ''I did not lie this time. My exams are over and my parents could not object.''

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