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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tushar Pal Returns After Thumping Victory against Pakistan in T-20 and One Day Matches


MALDA, 25 JUNE:  It could not have been a better ending for the dream run. If to visit Pakistan representing Indian Cricket dream was dream come true, victorious return from there was the ice on the cake. Indian handicapped cricket team has returned victorious from the their first ever Pakistan tour. The team had three from Bengal including the wicketkeeper Tushar Pal of Malda.

The tour which began on 16th of this month included one T-20 match followed by three one dayers. All were held at Islamabad. First One-day match was of 40 overs while the rest ones were of 30 overs. All the matches were won by India. Apart from keeping wickets Tushar scored 31 runs and 41 runs in two matches. Apart from Tushar, Abdul Khaleque of Siliguri and Utpal Majumder of Dunlop were part of the team.

Tushar with minister Sabina Yeasmin

Returning home on Saturday night jubilant Tushar said, “To defeat Pakistan in Pakistan was not easy. But we did it by our team effort.” Pakistan is coming to this country in October. “My aim is to get chance in that tour”, said Tushar.    

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 the 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. However, a teacher of Ranigunj K C 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.”

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