10 years ago, Imran Sheikh’s heroic all-round performances had helped India to win 2005 World Cup in deaf-mute cricket. He had scored 70 runs against Nepal, 60 runs against New Zealand and a 62 runs knock against Pakistan in semi-final before he hit a crucial 40 runs and picked up also 3 wickets against England in the final match of that world cup.
At present, the Indian hero is selling “Kachori” for living. He started selling kachoris a week ago at Old Padra Road in Vadodara with the help of his wife. He told an English daily in sign language, “Cricket is my passion and I want to keep playing. But my financial condition is not good enough to support my family . 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 had started playing cricket at the age of 15. He recalled his memory, “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 became captain for his national team in deaf-mute cricket at three years ago. He last captained his team in the Asia Cup T-20 tournament in April this year.
Imran is not interested in playing cricket at further while opportunities are not forthcoming.
Imran’s wife also praised the Vadodara’s people for supporting them by flocking at their kachori stall. She also said that they need help from the local government. She said, “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 local government helps us get a permanent place for our eatery.”