The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision –Hellen Keller
All-rounder and Captain of Indian Cricket Team of blind Shekhar Naik made us proud after winning the T20 World Cup in 2012. Naik has again made us proud by getting shortlisted for the Padma Shri award.
Today we bring to you seven lesser known facts about the cricketer:
- Born in Karnataka in 1986, Naik suffered complete blindness for 8 years. But in 1994, after he accidentally fell into a canal he was hospitalised and was operated. The operation was successful which helped him to gain 60% vision in his right eye, but the left remained the same.
- It was only at the age of 10 he was admitted in a blind school where he developed his interest towards playing cricket.
- His parents were protective towards him and asked him to focus on education rather than sports.
- Apart from being visually impaired, Naik has his own shares of sorrows including poverty, extreme hardships and he also lost both his parents by the age of 12.
- After he lost both his parents, there was no-one to support or take care of him. But he didn’t give up instead started working at the farm fields during summer vacations and earned Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500. This amount was utilised for the whole year for his food and clothing.
- The cricketer in his career of 12 years has 58 matches of all different formats and 32 centuries in his credit.
- It was because of Naik and his team’s effort that India started discussing about blind cricket. But Naik still feels that blind cricket lacks corporate support. And this led him to quit the sport in 2013.