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Bhalaji Damor, man of the series in the first cricket world cup for the visually impaired , an all-rounder, who took India to the semi-finals of the tournament in 1998, now tends buffaloes and does odd farm jobs for a living.Even today, 18 years later, this talented player is dependent on feeding and farming for his livelihood.
The 38-year-old’s career record is impressive. The visually impaired cricketer, who played eight international matches, was feted by President K R Narayanan after India lost in the semis to South Africa.His 38-year-old’s career record is impressive
He was played 125 matches, 3,125 runs and 150 wickets. He says “After the world cup, I had hoped to get a job. But I couldn’t get in anywhere even through the quotas for sports or the handicapped”. All he got from the Gujarat government was a citation many years ago.Bhaskar Mehta, vice president of National Association for visually impaired , says the Indian team hasn’t seen another all-rounder of Bhalaji’s caliber. “During the world cup, my teammates used to call me Sachin Tendulkar,” he recalls.
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