India retained the Blind Cricket World Cup after beating rival Pakistan by two wickets in the final match played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE on Saturday, January 20, 2018.
Pakistan scored 308 runs at the loss of eight wickets in 40 overs, after they were sent to bat first by India, who won the toss.
Post the victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the team for their achievement through his twitter handle, “Congratulations to our cricket team for winning the 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup! They make the nation proud and inspire every Indian with their game as well as phenomenal attitude. True champions!”
Pakistan made it to the final after defeating Sri Lanka by 156 runs while India beat Bangladesh by seven wickets to book their place in the final. India has remained unbeaten in this tournament. Deepak Malik and Rambir took two wickets for the country, while Sunil Ramesh snapped one. Pakistan reached the 200-run mark in 27 overs after losing five wickets.
ICC CEO David Richardson along with former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas and former Indian wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani had been invited by the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council to witness the final.