Bengaluru, Feb 12: The Indian blind cricket team successfully defended its Twenty20 World Cup title here on Sunday (Feb 12), defeating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final for the second successive edition.
With eight wins from nine matches, India had gone into the final as favourites and lived up to it with a comprehensive victory.
The team had won the previous edition by defeating the same rivals in the final in 2012.
Batting first, Pakistan made 197/9 but India chased down the target in 18 overs without much of a fuss, losing just one wicket in the process.
Man of the match Prakash Jayaramaiah stood out with a splendid unbeaten 99-run knock, while Ajay Kumar Reddy was the only man to be dismissed for 43. Reddy was run out.
Delighted over Indian team's impressive triumph, cricketers and politicians congratulated the visually impaired Men In Blue for their victory.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Vijay Goel too congratulated the Indian team for defending their trophy.
Here's who said what:
Delighted that India won the Blind T20 World Cup. Congratulations to the team. India is proud of their accomplishment.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 12, 2017
Shah Rukh Khan:
Just heard India won the T20 Cricket World Cup. Couldn’t watch the match. How awesome & inspiring is that. Boys I want to meet u & hug u— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) February 12, 2017
Congratulations on winning T20 world cup for the blind. Amazing. Hats off!— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 12, 2017
This is how fans hailed Team India: