Ketan’s Story – Blind Cricket World Cup 2017

My name is Ketan Patel. I am from Valsad, Gujarat. My family includes my father, my wife and my two daughters. Our livelihood comes from farming mangoes, once a year. And we also sell cow milk, from that we get by with our day to day expenses. Cricket was my passion. He went to school in the Andhajan Shala. There wasn’t a big cricket field there, but he desired to be a cricketer. We had a P.T. Teacher there, he gave me a blind cricket ball. And taught me to pay attention to sound. Apply my mind and gauge, how to throw the ball, gauge how to catch it. “Once in my life, I’ll play in a big tournament”, is what I told myself. I got a chance to play in the 2006 World Cup for the Blind. Ketan has toured Pakistan thrice, England thrice and South Africa once till now. In the 2014 Cricket World Cup for the Blind, Ketan was awarded Player-Of-The-Series. He is considered as the Sachin Tendulkar of cricket for the blind. I get calls from blind people, I advice them to play. If you are interested in studies, then study as well. You should follow what you are passionate about, then only you can succeed. Otherwise, you won’t achieve anything.

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