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5 successful cricketers who braved illnesses and disabilities

Bhagwat Chandrasekhar
Bhagwat Chandrasekhar was a spin ‘wizard’ for India
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In India, they say “cricket is a religion”, others term it as “The Gentleman’s Game”, irrespective of such clichés, the emotion and enthusiasm involved in the 22-yards are cherished by cricket fans across the world. Ask a cricketer what he dreams of; I am sure representing his national team would be the obvious answer. Cricketers around the world have braved many difficulties and roadblocks (like poverty, family issues) to successfully chase their childhood dreams.

There are also some players who have bloomed at the top level in spite of having several disabilities and diseases, which proves that sheer self-belief and the will-power can overcome any barrier. We are quite aware of how Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh won his battle against cancer and showed everyone what a champion he is on and off the field. 

Let us have a look at 5 Cricket who braved their disabilities to become successful:

#5 Bhagwath Chandrasekhar

Poliomyelitis – It is often called polio or infantile paralysis, is an infectious disease caused by the poliovirus.

Part of the famous spin quartet, Bhagwath Chandrasekhar has been instrumental in many memorable wins for the Indian team, home and away. The other contemporaries like Bishan Singh Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, and Srinivas Venkatraghavan were equally talented as him, yet Chandrasekhar had to overcome a special disability.

He suffered a Poliomyelitis (polio) attack when he was young, which was a major setback as his right-arm was largely affected. Yet the Mysore-born started playing cricket and was inspired by legendary Australian leg-spinner Richie Benaud. His spell of 6/38 against England at the Oval in 1971 helped India to win its first overseas Test series win in England.

Having taken 242 wickets in 58 Tests, he, without a doubt, is one of the best spinners India ever had. The leggy shares a special record with former New Zealand speedster Chris Martin of having scored less runs than the no of wickets taken in their Test careers. The Indian has scored only 167 runs throughout his 5-day career while the ‘Kiwi’ managed to gain only 123 runs compared to the 242 scalps to his name.

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Published 10 Sep 2016, 16:19 IST
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