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This World Cup winning Indian cricketer is now a daily wage labourer

The whole world collapsed after the coronavirus pandemic affected people’s lives. The economy and all the major events happening across the globe went rubbles. The world has seen the biggest humanitarian crisis during its fight with the novel coronavirus.

While the administrations have sweat and slaved in the time of emergency, the people have witnessed the biggest lockdown, a huge number of deaths, thousands of businesses shut down, jobs lost, global food crisis, and so on.

In addition to the efforts laid by the government, many actors, rich businessmen and other influential people have dedicated themselves to eradicating the virus, making notable contributions to the cause.

However, not all of them are getting the assistance in the need of the hour. Naresh Tumdam a visually impaired cricketer is one of the affected persons in this crisis. For the uninitiated, the Gujarat resident was part of the Indian team that defeated Pakistan to win the Blind Cricket World Cup in 2018. Sadly, he is forced to work as a labourer to make his ends meet.

He was a significant part of the Indian team that beat Pakistan at Sharjah in the 2018 World Cup final. After winning the World Cup for India, he had applied for several government jobs but didn’t get any positive response.

Tumda has also appealed to the government to offer him a job so that he can earn some money. “I earn Rs 250 a day. I urge the government to give me a job so that I can earn my livelihood,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

The 29-year-old Tumda was selling vegetables when the coronavirus lockdown was imposed across India in 2020. However, it was not helping him to make ends meet. This is the reason why he decided to work as a labourer. He said, “My parents are old. My father is unable to go to job. I am the sole breadwinner of the family.”

Tumda started playing cricket when he was 5 years old. He was selected for the Gujarat team in 2014. Then, he was selected to represent the Indian cricket team. In the World Cup final, India managed to chase down Pakistan’s target of 308 runs by losing 8 wickets.

Written by Krishna Manohar

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