“’I’m not bitter because I’m visually impaired but I think it’s a gift. I got an opportunity to meet the prime minister and represent my country on an international pedestal. I think I’m blessed.”Our team won the Blind Cricket World Cup in South Africa, 2014. As captain of the Indian blind cricket team, this victory was one of the most uplifting and motivating experiences. The team and I would train together in Orissa for a month for the World Cup in November. There were coaching camps set up for us to practice and perfect our techniques. The training proved to be really hard simply because the grounds we practiced on weren’t prepared to cater to the needs of the team. However in spite of facing the difficulty of not having a specific field for the visually impaired, we practiced with determination over a period of time. The final match took place between India and Pakistan and there was a point in time where I can clearly remember sitting in the locker rooms, worried that we would lose. The entire team was only thinking that if Pakistan won, it would be a hat trick.  It was almost a do or die situation for our team, but we knew that if we put our mind and minds to it, we could do anything. By the end of it, we came back victorious and met the Prime Minister. The moment when Mr. Modi took our autographs instead of giving us his and said “You’ve made our country proud” made me realize how lucky we were and instilled a sense of fulfillment. Corporates and even the government started to recognize the potential and capability of the team. Coca-Cola, one of the supporting corporates, hosted the team and I at their office. Coca-Cola has been focused on helping blind cricket in India right from the beginning. Seeing such a large organization supporting us is really motivating for our team. We played cricket with the employees and blindfolded them to give them an insight as to how to play cricket being visually impaired. It was extremely fun meeting all these employees and they made us feel included. We as a team need a lot of support, financially and even as a community. Coca-Cola was focusing on areas, which a lot of people didn’t even know existed. That’s what makes it even more important. I felt really proud of having the colors of Coca-Cola on my jersey. The performance of the team has improved greatly and even though we’re visually impaired, we know we can represent our country in global opportunities especially with corporates and government supporting us and helping us thrive to be better.   Shekar Naik is the Captain of the India Blind Cricket Team