SONU GOLKAR

SONU GOLKAR
Player

Career

  • Club Name: India
India 0 Matches Played

Overview

SonuGolkar has a profile a bit different from others. He has a Master’s degree in Sociology and is pung his knowledge to good use by working with several social organisaons.
thSonu was born on 5 February 1986 in Bhopal. He was born with normal vision. As a child he played cricket, a game that he loved. When he was 10 years old he developed a cataract in his right eye.

The doctors at the district eye hospital in Khandwa examined him and decided to operate. He says the operaon failed because a renal detachment occurred and he lost sight completely in that eye. Worse was to follow. The other eye too was affected and he developed blindness in that eye too. He was declared to be totally blind. He is categorised in B1.

He went to a Blind School, the Helen Keller Educaon Academy, at Indore. He learnt Braile and that helped him to read text books and study. He was a keen listener and picked up quickly what the teachers taught in class. He progressed thr apidly through school upto 10 Standard. Then he joined a main stream college in Khandwa and earned his Master’s Degree .he says he contemplated studying Law, but gave up in the second semester. Why Sociology? He has a deep inclinaon for social work and this degree would help him develop clearer perspecves. Did he face societal challenges when he was declared blind? Yes he says emphacally. The family was aghast and confused. The neighbours were sympathec, but sympathy does not help. Sonu felt dejected and all alone in the world. Society oen discriminates against disabled people. The blind school changed all that. Sonu says that in the school he regained his full confidence that he could become an achiever in society, and he forged ahead with determinaon and hard work.
He saw children playing cricket in the Blind School and he too wanted to play. The inducon into Blind Cricket was both challenging and difficult to adjust, but he went ahead with determinaon and tenacity to overcome the challenge. He played well in the school team. The first World Cup matches that he heard on the radio movated him and spurred him to pracce cricket. He played for the state in 2003. But Blind Cricket did not aract aenon in Madhya Pradesh. He heard that Delhi was a happening place for blind cricket and he tried to relocate to Delhi and get a foot into the game, but it did not work out. He gave up in despair and withdrew from cricket.

The T20 World Cup spurred him to come back into cricket. He was in Bangalore then, working for an organisaon called Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD). He resigned from his job and went back to Khandwa. There he formed a cricket associaon for the blind and organised local tournaments, energising the game to greater heights. He formed a Madhya Pradesh team and they played several tournaments. Recognion for his play came in 2015 when he was selected for the England tour. He recalls vividly that on his debut appearance at the Oval, he hit the ball to the boundary in the very first ball that he faced. He went on to score 22 runs in 20 balls in the match.

There was no looking back. He played in matches in the Asia Cup, the T20 World Cup and now looking forward with determined ancipaon to the World Cup 2018 which he says India WILL win.

He has been associated with Samarthanam since 2013 when he decided to go to go back to Khandwa and form a cricket associaon. He says that this associaon has been very fruiul for him to further his crickeng ambions. Currently he works for Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) as an Assistant Manager. He says that working in a government organisaon helps him to work for the Disability Sector. That’s where his passion drives him.

But for now, World Cup 2018, Here We Come!

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