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Meet Irfan Ahmad, First Blind Cricketer from Kashmir to Play for India

Updated: October 23, 2018, 12:03 PM IST
 Meet Irfan Ahmad, the 21-year-old from South Kashmir's Pampore town, who recently became the first player from the state to represent India at the international stage in visually impaired cricket. (Image: Zubair Lone)
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Meet Irfan Ahmad, the 21-year-old from South Kashmir's Pampore town, who recently became the first player from the state to represent India at the international stage in visually impaired cricket. (Image: Zubair Lone)

 Despite having lost vision in both eyes just a few weeks after his birth, Irfan says his life has been nothing short of a dream. (Image: Zubair Lone)
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Despite having lost vision in both eyes just a few weeks after his birth, Irfan says his life has been nothing short of a dream. (Image: Zubair Lone)

 For Ahmad, Indian national team captain Virat Kohli is his cricket idol, but he himself is more like a Hardik Pandiya kind of a player. (Image: Zubair Lone)
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For Ahmad, Indian national team captain Virat Kohli is his cricket idol, but he himself is more like a Hardik Pandiya kind of a player. (Image: Zubair Lone)

 Irfan Ahman with his family. (Image: Zubair Lone)
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Irfan Ahman with his family. (Image: Zubair Lone)

 Irfan Ahmad poses with a friend. (Image: Zubair Lone)
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Irfan Ahmad poses with a friend. (Image: Zubair Lone)

 Irfan Ahman proudly flaunts his trophies and medals at his home. (Image: Zubair Lone)
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Irfan Ahman proudly flaunts his trophies and medals at his home. (Image: Zubair Lone)

 While attending regular school in his village Dursoo, Ahmad started religiously following international cricket matches by listening to the commentary on television or radio.<br />(Image: Zubair Lone)
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While attending regular school in his village Dursoo, Ahmad started religiously following international cricket matches by listening to the commentary on television or radio.
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 Irfan Ahman plays a shot. (Image: Zubair Lone)
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Irfan Ahman plays a shot. (Image: Zubair Lone)

 Ahmad was included in the 18 man squad to face England in a three-match T20 series in Bengaluru. (Image: Zubair Lone)
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Ahmad was included in the 18 man squad to face England in a three-match T20 series in Bengaluru. (Image: Zubair Lone)

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 An all-round cricketer by trade, Ahmad's love affair with the game started at a young age. (Image: Zubair Lone)
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An all-round cricketer by trade, Ahmad's love affair with the game started at a young age. (Image: Zubair Lone)

 His mother Salema recalls he was only three-years-old when he first picked up a cricket bat. (Image: Zubair Lone)
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His mother Salema recalls he was only three-years-old when he first picked up a cricket bat. (Image: Zubair Lone)

 While the news of his selection in the Indian team came as a surprise to many in his native village, but for him, it was an acknowledgement of his hard work despite facing odds from the start. (Image: Zubair Lone)
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While the news of his selection in the Indian team came as a surprise to many in his native village, but for him, it was an acknowledgement of his hard work despite facing odds from the start. (Image: Zubair Lone)

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RankTeamPointsRating
1 India 4397 116
2 South Africa 3712 106
3 England 4722 105
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 Australia 3663 102
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