Imran Sheikh, ten years back had made an important half centuries which helped for India’s victory in the cricket World Cup, for the deaf and mute cricket  ©AFP (Generic representation)
Imran Sheikh, had made an important half centuries which helped India’s victory in the cricket World Cup, for the deaf and mute cricket ©AFP (representative picture)

Imran Sheikh, ten years back had made an important half-century which helped for India’s victory in the cricket World Cup, for the deaf and mute. Being an all-rounder helped him to become the captain of Indian team three years ago. But 30-year-old Imran Sheikh’s circumstances has forced him to make a living by selling ‘moong kachori’ at a roadside stall at the Old Padra Road in Vadodra. Imran  began selling kachoris a week ago to make his livelihood. “Cricket is my passion and I want to keep playing. But my financial condition is not good enough to support my family.” as reported by Times of India. READ: Inaugural Deaf and Dumb Asian T20 series begins in Dharamsala

“Playing deaf and mute cricket matches doesn’t earn me much money. So I started a nutritious kachori stall with the help of my wife Roza for earning extra income. I also got a temporary job in Gujarat Refinery, thanks to my coach Nitendra Singh,” Imran said .The six feet tall Imran begun playing cricket at the age of 15. “I used to watch matches on television and later began playing at Bhutadizampa ground. But my coach Nitendra Singh mentored me for higher level of cricket. I got into Gujarat team and then in Indian team,” Imran remembers.

He has made 70 runs against Nepal, 60 runs against New Zealand and then won he match by scoring 62 runs against Pakistan in 2005 world cup semi-final. Imran then scored a crucial 40-run knock and picked up three wickets in the finals against England to help India win the World Cup.

Nitendra alias Munna, who keeps supporting Imran says, “He is a genuine talent and has worked hard to play cricket at the highest level. He last captained Indian deaf and mute team in the Asia Cup T20 tournament in April this year. Sadly, he wasn’t picked up for U-19 tourney in BCA years ago as he is deaf and mute. Nitendra is unhappy with the fact that Imran decides to quit cricket for good. “It will be unfortunate if he does this,” he added. Imran’s wife says, “We recently moved out of our family house. Barodians have been very supportive and queuing up to eat at our stall. We would be glad if the government helps us get a permanent place for our eatery.”