The PSG Medical College grounds saw the sport in its finest form

There is something unique in every sport, be it the rules, the way it is played, or the manner in which it is conducted. Family Care’s ‘cricket for the hearing impaired,’ played last weekend was one such event, both different and splendid in many ways.

The PSG Medical College grounds saw the sport in its finest form when the hearing impaired cricketers from all over South India showcased their brilliance both with the bat and the ball. The grounds were unusually quiet except for some loud cheering now and then. The hand gestures and the smile provided a refreshing change to the usually buzz-filled cricket grounds.

The batsmen used sign languages and eye contacts to steal singles while the skippers ruled the field with gestures. The synchronization worked such magic on the field that one could hardly notice the difference between this game and the regular cricket.

The man of the series, M. Shoaib was at his animated best, his co-ordination with his teammates impeccable. His overall tally of 102 runs and six wickets was the stand out performance in the tournament.

Family Care conducted its fifth edition with eight teams from Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mysore, Erode, Ramanathapuram, Cumbum, Madurai and Coimbatore participating. The organisation has been working for the empowerment of the differently abled for the past 15 years giving them a social platform to interact and participate in events.

Renuka Rameshan, the event organiser said, “The rules are essentially the same. Our main idea is to conduct a cricketing event which would provide an opportunity for these unique people to showcase their talents and come out on top.”

The happiness was evident in the players’ faces. Tirumurthi, a player from the city said, “We have worked really hard and it is nice to see someone coming forward to recognise the hard work.”

Kanakaraj, a player from Erode, added, “There is so much hype about cricket but you don’t see any such activities for us. So we want to do something for the sports community. We want to show to the world that we are no way below anyone. We are skilful, talented and motivated to prove ourselves.”

The Mysore team proved its mettle by clinching the title against a well spirited Hyderabad team in the final. Manjunath was impeccable with the ball, picking up five wickets.

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