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Amir Hussain Lone is 26 and now the captain of Jammu and Kashmir’s state para-cricket team Getty Images

He was only eight when he met with an accident and paid with both his arms. It was 1997, when a young Amir Hussain Lone visited his father’s sawmill to deliver lunch to his brother. He met an accident and lost both his arms. It was not just a blow to his cricketing ambitions but darkness loomed over his future. Ironically, his father Bashir made cricket bats at the mill.

The family then had to sell the business and land to pay for his treatment but still they could not save his arms. He faced numerous obstacles. From completing his education to being accepted in society but Amir fought on and the hurdles were not enough to stop Amir’s love for cricket.

He is 26 and now the captain of Jammu and Kashmir’s state para-cricket team. Amir holds the bat between his shoulder and chin, and can bowl with his feet. In fact, he has found a way to throw too. Isn’t that incredible?

In this video, Amir recalls his journey, which is inspirational to say the least. Living in the war-torn Kashmir, it is difficult to make it big in sport and if you handicapped the troubles only multiply. As young kid, he wasn’t even able to eat. ALSO READ: Farhaan Saeed does not have one leg, but that does not stop him from being a fast bowler!

Cricket was his passion and when he first played cricket after the accident, people make fun of him and the treatment he received, he terms it “bad”. However, it is a thing of past now and he draws immense support now. They say it right that testing conditions bring the best in you.

Amir recounted on his life changing accident. I was taking some food to my brother who worked there. I used to play with the sawmill machine, but on this occasion both of my arms got entangled in the machine.

The then eight-year-old spent three years in hospital and his families earnings dried up paying his medical bills. His father who manufactured bat had to shut his business and sell everything.

People used talk bad about my son. They used to say I was wasting both my money and time on him, that he was of no use. But he is so dear to me like a part of my body. As a father why do I need wealth when my son is not well? said an emotional Bashir.

It was was his family support that encouraged him. Amir’s grandmother convinced him to continue education and even at school a teacher told him that a regular school was not for a physically disadvantaged child like him.

Hats off to Amir for letting the passion for cricket act as a fuel for him. He kept on working on his skills and developed an unique technique that brought him and his family laurels.

Amir signs off, I am a supporter of Sachin Tendulkar. He is my inspiration and I want to play like him. My dream is to play for the national team.

Tendulkar will be proud of him. Here is the must watch video from Barcroft TV.