04 December, 2020

The Human Touch

The Human Touch

Can I touch Afridi?" asked Somu Bisht (11) as he was being wheeled in through the heavy security at the Ferozeshah Kotla  grounds. "I hope I can shake hands with Wasim," echoed Rohit Bali (15). Somu and Rohit were part of a group of children   from Spastics Society and the Salam Balak Trust who met the visiting Pakistani team at the nets on February 3, a day before the second Test .

The Pakistani players and a beaming manager Shahryar Khan, who welcomed the kids, seemed pleased enough that the children were able to identify each player. "You’re Salim Malik!" said Rohit promptly when the batsman asked if he could name him. "You’re really a very good batsman," Rohit added for good measure. The cricketers mingled with the children and freely gave autographs. Ankit Bhardwaj (12), also from the Spastics Society, surprised fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar with his ability to hit the ball from his wheelchair.

As the kids got autographs of their favourite players and invited them to their school, Vinita...



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