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Delhi Bulls invite a physically challenged boy for training in T10 League


Bipin Dani  

Bangalore (Karnataka’s) 19-year-old physically challenged boy, Shankar Sajjan has both his palms almost perpendicular to his forearm at the wrist due to a chromosomal imbalance and no doctor can set this birth deformity right. 

Physical Challenged boy alongside with Zaheer Khan with the ball in hand
Physical Challenged boy Shankar Sajjan alongside with Zaheer Khan with the ball in hand.

 

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He has only four fingers in his bowling arm and this has been proven as a gift to spin bowling. He, however, was (rather is) determined to play cricket.

His first opportunity came in the form of veteran cricketer and former India coach Anil Kumble’s Spin Hunt in 2015. “I was playing for a local club then. Of the 3,000 plus participants, only 21 were selected and I was the only with special abilities,” he recalled.

Since then, he has not looked back and is regularly training and playing in Karnataka State Cricket Academy’s fifth division. He has been a regular net bowler for the Afghanistan team.

Last week, he got the biggest surprise of his life. 

He had downloaded his application on the app- Dreams 2 play-and now has been invited as a net bowler in the 3rd edition of Abu Dhabi T-10 tournament commencing Friday.

Physical Challenged boy Shankar Sajjan joins in his team Abu Dhabi
A Physical Challenged boy Shankar Sajjan joins a T10 team Delhi Bulls in Abu Dhabi.

Dear Shankar,

We have closely followed your journey on Social Media and are thrilled by your determination and dedication to the game of Cricket.

As a token of our appreciation, we would like to invite you to be a part of our team’s training camp in Dubai from 10th to 14th November. You will get to train with our captain Eoin Morgan and super coach Stephen Fleming among many others.

After the practice sessions, you will also get to watch our first match live at Zayed Cricket Stadium Abu Dhabi on 15th November.

We will bear expenses such air tickets, accommodation, transport and meals. You will also be given a daily allowance.
Please let us know your availability so we can book air tickets for you to arrive on 10th November and depart on 16th November.

Delhi Bulls team mentor Anis Sajan’s offer was exciting.

“I have never traveled abroad. Did not have the passport. Passport and visas were arranged in 72 hours and I am here now”, speaking exclusively over telephone from Abu Dhabi, he said.

“Both captain, coach and all team members greeted me. It will be a good experience to be associated with the world’s leading international cricketers”.

The team has India’s Zaheer Khan, Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, Dushmantha Chameera, Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik, Sohail Taveer and few others.

Shankar hails from the Yalgi village from the parched Yadgir district in North Karnataka. His mother passed away at a very young age and farmer-father grew three children-2 sons and 1 daughter.

India’s former leg-break bowler B.S.Chandrasekhar is his idol.

He has an ambition to play with the normal cricketers and represent the country.

 

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