In the pages of history, certain days stand out like vibrant brushstrokes on a canvas. One such day was July 22, 2023, when Alethea Communications Technologies PVT LTD cricket team embarked on a memorable journey. They stepped onto the cricket field alongside the incredible Indian cricketers, led by the remarkable Ajay Reddy, the captain of India’s Blind Cricket Team. This day marked the convergence of talents, as the members of Alethea were granted a unique chance to join hands with these exceptional athletes, who have time and time again represented India with brilliance at the blind and visually impaired World Cup. Their shared experience was made possible by the unwavering support of the Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, Bangalore.
For Alethea Communications Technologies PVT LTD, this was no ordinary match; it was a life-changing moment. The field served as a stage where genuine talent and determination took center stage. As they played alongside the blind cricketers, they witnessed firsthand the incredible abilities hidden within these players. With each stroke of the bat and every precise delivery, they discovered the true essence of skill and determination. It was a revelation that transcended the boundaries of sight and filled the atmosphere with a renewed spirit.
Remarkably, there was no trace of rivalry or resentment. The cricketers from both sides stood united as one team, forming a bond that defied differences. The Blind Cricket Team, seasoned warriors of resilience, welcomed the members of Alethea with open arms. This camaraderie was a testament to the spirit of unity that sports can foster, showing that it’s not just about winning or losing but about uplifting and supporting one another.
The National Blind Cricket Team exemplified the extraordinary strength of the human spirit. Their proficiency in the game and unwavering determination were evident with every play. Swinging their bats and delivering pitches with precision, they dismantled preconceived notions and redefined the limits of possibility. Overcoming challenges was their forte, and their unwavering passion translated into a mesmerizing performance that left everyone spellbound.
The cricket field transformed into a symphony of accomplishment, resonating with the harmonious sounds of laughter, cheers, and the satisfying thud of bat meeting ball. The triumphant spirit echoed far beyond the boundaries of the field, reverberating as an anthem of inspiration.
Vasanth Kumar M H, the captain of Alethea Communications Technologies PVT LTD team, aptly summed up the experience: “Don’t judge a book by its cover; regardless of sport, one must respect one another. Even though these men are visually impaired, they are the true talents of the game by knowing how well to work with the bat and the ball. This event opened our eyes and helped us understand the importance of staying grounded and moving forward in life despite the obstacles.”
However, it’s disheartening to note that despite their incredible talents, the Blind Cricket Team often remains in the shadows of recognition. Vijayaraghavan Harikumar, Vice President of Alethea Communications Technologies PVT LTD, expressed his concerns, stating, “They are driven individuals who go above and beyond the average cricket player, putting their bodies at great risk. They are playing at the highest level in the sport and representing their nation with distinction. However, it is disappointing to see that they don’t always get the appreciation and recognition that they deserve. In India, thousands of crores are invested in the game of cricket, and if cared for, these remarkable guys might likewise receive a steady and successful career with a little more help.”
In a world where unity often takes a backseat, the tale of Alethea’s match with India’s National Blind Cricket Team stands as a shining beacon of solidarity, humility, and the remarkable power of sports to create positive change. As the sun set on that memorable day, it left behind a promise of a brighter, more inclusive future. It’s high time that we recognize and uplift these unsung heroes, who have shown us that abilities surpass limitations and unity conquers all. As the IBSA World Games 2023 in Birmingham approaches, we extend our heartfelt wishes and unwavering support to the exceptional members of the Blind Cricket Team of India. May they continue to shine on the International stage, inspiring us all with their exceptional abilities, determination, and dedication. Here’s to a triumphant journey ahead, where they once again prove that they are just not just athletes, but true champions of the game and of the human spirit. All the best to these champions as they carry their extraordinary legacy forward onto the global platform.