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Monday, June 4, 2012

Physically Challenged Tushar to Play Cricket for India against Pakistan

Malda, 3 June: If the scorching heat had confined everyone at home, the lone boy with pads and gloves, keeps on catching balls in the district sports association (DSA) field of Malda. His coach Md Salek throws the ball to be collected by him. The first look may not discover anything unusual, only movement shows a bit limping. But this could hardly daunt his courage. Tushar Pal has no time to waste. Only a few days are left before he would fly to Pakistan to represent Indian cricket team for the handicapped. Three one day international and a t-20 match will be played there between India and Pakistan.  

Son of an auto rickshaw driver Tarun Pal of Mangalbari under Malda Police Station was the student of Class V in 1993 when he met with an accident. “While returning home from tuition with a bicycle suddenly I fell on the road. At that time a lorry coming from opposite direction ran over my left leg. I lost my sense.” After that it was a tale which might find place in celluloid. The left leg being amputated, life of Tushar might have been that any handicapped. But he kept on struggling. At one hand dedicating himself in study and on the other hand his passion of cricket was going on with an artificial leg.

In 2004 Tushar graduated from Malda College with honors in English. In 2006 he became a teacher through school service commission (SSC). However, a teacher of Ranigunj KC High School, Tushar never left his cricket practice. If his leg deterred him from running in the field, he chose to be a wicketkeeper. Playing with the other normal boys, the first look would never differentiate him from others. Apart from taking a ‘runner’ this prolific batsman never fails to draw awe from the opposition.

Meanwhile, Malda DSA stood beside Tushar. He got the chance in state team in different tournaments of handicapped cricketers. Finally the chance has come when he was selected in national team. Apart from him two more of Bengal - Utpal Majumder of Kolkata and Abdul Khaleque found their places in Indian team against Pakistan. Gurudas Raut of Maharshtra is chosen the captain of the team and former Indian captain Ajit Wadekar, the manager.

DSA secretary Subhasis Sarkar said, “Tushar has not only shown his excellence among the handicapped cricketers, but also among the normal ones in district league. He is an example what the mental strength can do against any odd.” 

Today minister of state (MOS) Sabina Yeasmin came to congratulate Tushar. She said, “Tushar is a pride of not only our district but also our state. We would render all the support on behalf of our government.”

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