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Tendulkar bats for blind cricket

Mandangad (Ratnagiri): Sachin Tendulkar, on Tuesday, said he was fascinated by the way visually-impaired play the game he dominated for close to two-and-a-half decades, adding that has learnt a few things from them.

“I inaugurated the blind cricket tournament about 14-15 years ago in Mumbai and I was fascinated by the way they play cricket, because you just hear and react to that. And you score runs and get wickets and you feel all those kinds of things. They are unbelievable and I was fascinated to see all that,” Sachin said here today.

“It was a new experience for me and I learnt a few things from them. I was glad to be there and this was immediately after we had won the Ranji Trophy and the next day it was a different form of cricket. Two different things but the crux of the whole thing is that they are as passionate about cricket as we are and that is what matters,” Sachin said.

Sachin, who is the Unicef’s ambassador for the South Asia region, visited a school for visually impaired children — Snehajyoti Nivasi Andha Vidhyalaya (Snehajyoti residential school for the blind) — in the interior part of Maharashtra and taught them the techniques of hand-wash.

Sachin’s maternal aunt operates the school. “My mother told me more about this place. It was remarkable to spend time with visually challenged children, who actually are so talented. My mother introduced this place to me,” he said. (PTI)