No limb no fear, grit drives their cricket

first_imgNo limb no fear, grit drives their cricketThe Indian physically challenged cricket team is all set to compete in the 5-nation World T20 series to be held in England with Kenya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and hosts England being the other contenders.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiJuly 28, 2019UPDATED: July 28, 2019 16:23 IST The Indian squad poses with coach Sulakshan Kulkarni (Credit: Prashant Bhatt)HIGHLIGHTSCaptain Vikrat Keni of the physically challenged Indian cricket team is a huge Virat Kohli fanThe tournament will be held from August 5-15The team is coached by Mumbai Ranji coach Sulakshan KulkarniThe chosen fifteen in our favourite sport we call Team India are treated like demigods. But there’s another squad of fifteen which also wears the Indian blue whose sheer grit could serve as pure inspiration for Virat Kohli’s Team India.The Indian physically challenged cricket team has taken off for England to compete in the five-nation World T20 cricket series. Their names don’t ring a bell but one could easily say, for now, courage is their second name.All-rounder Jitendra Nagaraju was bitten by a black cobra after his first birthday and was told he had a 50 percent chance of survival. Four surgeries saved his hand from being amputated but it never became fully functional. Bitten by the cricket bug watching Sourav Ganguly-led India’s heroic performance in 2003 World Cup, Nagaraju found his calling.”Everyone told me to play with the left hand but I got strength from the right hand. Initially, it used to pain after two-three overs of bowling itself with the right hand but I continued to practice and now I can deliver,” he told India Today.There are those like Nagpur based Gurudas Raut who was born without a left arm below his elbow. Raut bowls pace with his right arm and once getting Sachin Tendulkar clean bowled remains his favourite life story. “Sachin told me that we draw inspiration from players like you and you are the best,” he recalled.A majority of the team members come with economic challenges and farming families but there is also a mechanical engineer and an IIT graduate in the ranks.advertisement24-year-old Ramesh Naidu neither has a right leg, nor finger in both hands. This M Tech from Chennai manages to give the ball a rip with the limited remains of his forefinger and thumb. “It was tough initially but with practice, I manage to spin the ball,” says this Shane Warne fan.This World T20 series action is a first in the physically handicapped cricket circuit with Kenya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and hosts England being the other competing nations. It’s also a first for the Indian side that a mainstream cricketer in Mumbai Ranji coach, Sulakshan Kulkarni is a guiding force with the side.”We had a five day camp with the side in Shegaon, Maharashtra and having seen them from close quarters; I can vouch for their brilliance in talent. We had an individual batsman who hit 32 sixes that went as far away as 110-120 meters. You need some ability for that. He is so wristy – a mixture of VVS Laxman and Carl Hooper. In terms of hitting power he is way ahead of them,” the coach spoke with pride.Captain Vikrant Keni afflicted with polio from childhood is a Virat Kohli fan. “I love his attitude. I will look to lead the same way,” he said. Captain Kohli would be thrilled to bits if Vikrant’s men in blue can climb two steps further in their conquest in England than what his side managed in World Cup 2019.Also Read | You start disbelieving yourself if you are in and out of team: Shreyas IyerAlso Read | India tour of West Indies full schedule: Dates, Venues and TimeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow India cricketFollow Sulakshan KulkarniFollow world t20last_img read more

Travel Planners International Announces Partnership with Tourism Cares

first_imgMaitland, FL – Travel Planners International [TPI] announced Tourism Cares as their 2019 Signature Charity. This is the first-ever partnership of the like for the family-owned host agency. TPI’s goal is to raise $50,000 by the end of 2019 for the non-profit. “Picking Tourism Cares as our first-ever Signature Charity was an easy decision,” said Jenn Lee, TPI’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We recognize that our agents go beyond booking travel. They’re small business owners that are curating the future of travel, they’re ambassadors of the world. Tourism Cares is doing just that. It was truly a no brainer.” Prior to the official announcement, TPI disclosed the partnership and goal detail to over 200 agents at their annual conference, TPI Rocks. By the end of week, TPI agents donated $5,466. TPI President and Executive Vice President, Ken and Tony Gagliano Jr, respectively, matched the donation, bringing the total amount to $10,932. “TPI’s partnership with Tourism Cares is important to us on both a personal level and a professional level,” said Janet and Jeff Blackwell, owners of Tidewater Cruise and Travel and TPI agents, who donated at TPI Rocks. “On a professional level, the partnership represents an investment in the future of our industry. Personally, we’re big believers in social responsibility [and] sustainable travel. Whether it’s adopting a neighborhood and revitalizing it to create a more desirable destination or providing support to hurricane-ravaged areas, a contribution to Tourism Cares pays dividends years into the future. We were pleased to do our little part.” “We’re honored to partner with an organization that believes in supporting the destination we so frequently travel to. Without these destinations, there wouldn’t be travel agents or a travel industry,” said Gagliano. Gagliano Jr shared the same sentiment and said, “It gives me great satisfaction to be able to give back and to know I’m giving to people and places in need.” Tourism Cares focused on resilient destinations in 2018 as climate change and natural disasters continue to impact people and places in our industry. The organization’s next program will be Tourism Cares for Puerto Ricofrom May 8-10, 2019. “We are so grateful to have been chosen as TPI’s first ever signature charity,” notes Paula Vlamings, Tourism Cares CEO. “The stronger our community is, the greater our collective impact can be.  It’s an honor to work with the TPI agents who are dedicated to making sure more people and places benefit from the tourism economy.” The partnership also launches TPI’s 2019 marketing message, #BetheCurator. The #BetheCurator campaign encourages the travel industry to go beyond booking travel, influence the local community, and curate the future of beloved destinations.  About Travel Planners InternationalAt Travel Planners International, you’re more than just an independent contractor, you’re a small business owner. For the last 30 years, we’ve believed in, guided, and championed for the small business travel agency owner – and we have no intention of stopping. So, along with competitive commission plans, profit-generating marketing programs, and access to cutting-edge technology, we give emerging entrepreneurs the tools, guidance, and confidence to be successful and to harness their entrepreneurial spirit. But don’t just take our word for it. Visit travelplannersinternational.comand let’s get you where you want to be! About Tourism CaresTourism Cares, Inc., a US 501(c)(3) nonprofit that advances the travel industry’s positive impact to help people and places thrive. We believe it’s in all our best interest to support the destinations our industry depends on so that communities, travelers and businesses can prosper. We mobilize the entire industry to use its business as a force for good by convening, educating and motivating all sectors to make a positive impact through travel. You can follow @TourismCares on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram.last_img read more

Stay order on dissolution of Parliament extended till Monday

Yesterday the Supreme Court extended the stay order till tomorrow.A seven member bench is hearing the case. (Colombo Gazette) An stay order issued on the dissolution of Parliament has been extended till Monday, December 10thThe order was extended by the Supreme Court when it continued hearings into the petitions filed against the dissolution of Parliament today.