“We are very thankful to Physically Challenged Cricket Association of India (PCCAI) for helping us in these difficult times,” says a delighted Amit Gaurav, captain of the Bihar team. Amit is an off-spinner and a top-order batsman.
The PCCAI recently achieved the target of helping 100 physically challenged cricketers in the country. In a statement released on Wednesday, the PCCAI confirmed the development. “Within a quick time, the target of supporting 100 Players was achieved through partnership with ICCL Cricketainment,” the statement read.
While Amit hailed the PCCAI for their efforts and contribution, he also told his story and cricketing journey in an exclusive chat with Cricket22yard.com.
An M.Tech in Electrical engineering, Amit has done his studies from NIT, Patna, and is now a guest lecturer in a Polytechnic. “I have completed my M.Tech in electrical engineering and I’m now working as a guest lecturer in a government polytechnic,” he told.
Talking about his cricket journey, Amit said that it was his parents who really supported him to play the game.
“When I was 7 months old, my right leg was affected by polio and as I grew up I used Crutches stick. When I was young my mother used to carry me to the doctor for my treatment which was 5km away. Later, I developed a keen interest in the game and my parents also supported me to play and my parents have really helped me to achieve what I have,” Amit said.
The all-rounder got a chance to showcase his talent in a district tournament. “I got the opportunity to be a part of a district tournament for physically challenged cricketers that was held in LS College in 2008. I got myself registered for it and emerged to be the Man of the Tournament,” he added.
“I picked up 8 wickets in three matches (10-over game) and scored a total of 67 runs,” he further said.
The off-spinner got noticed from this tournament and was selected for the Bihar team. He has now become an experienced campaigner at the domestic level having played for Bihar and India Blue in the Challenger trophy. He picked up four wickets in two matches while scored runs at an average of 42 as India Blue won that tournament.
Apart from this, the top-order batsman was also selected for the camp for the India and Afghanistan Test match.