Sandra Davis, member of the Indian women’s Blind cricket team that won the title at the World Blind Games held in Birmingham, received a warm welcome at the Kochi International Airport. Sandra was received by the officials of the Cricket Association for the Blind in Kerala upon her arrival at Kochi at 8.45 in the morning from Delhi. CABK Chairman Rajnish Henry, Treasurer Santosh P, UST Kochi CSR Head Prasanth Subramanian, CABK Executive Member Thomas Abraham and Thrissur Alagappanagar Panchayat President Prinson Thaiyalakkal received her at the airport. Sandra’s parents were also there to receive her.
Responding at the airport, Sandra Davis said that she perceives this win as the proudest moment of her life. Playing in the final against Australia in England and winning the trophy is an unforgettable experience. The team came out to play after rigorous practice and had the belief that they would win. The weather there was very cold and it rained during the finals, which made the final to be cut short. Sandra also added that the tournament was a good learning experience. CABK General Secretary Rajnish Henry said that a visually impaired girl from Kerala participating in an international competition and winning a gold medal is a great inspiration to others.
The Indian women’s team defeated Australian women’s cricket team by 9 wickets in the final to win the trophy at IBSA World Games. This is the first time that the Indian women’s Blind cricket team, which started last April, is participating in an international tournament. After the formation of the team, the Indian women’s Blind cricket team played for the first time in the series against Nepal in Kathmandu. Sandra Davis took 1 wicket for 11 runs in 2 overs in the final against Australia. Hailing from Pookode, Thrissur, Sandra is currently pursuing B. Ed course at Ottapalam NSS College.