Australian blind cricket team opener Stephen Niro has broken a long world record in international cricket with an unbeaten 309 runs in 140 balls. Cricket Inclusion Series.
The wicketkeeper-batsman’s triple century broke the previous benchmark of 262 not out set by Masood Jan of Pakistan in the 1998 Blind Cricket World Cup.
“Playing for Australia is a dream in itself, so scoring a century for Australia is one of those lifetime memories that you will never forget,” Nero said after scoring his third consecutive century in the tournament. Brisbane,
It scored 113 (off 46 balls) and 101 not out (47), leaving him with a barely reliable average of 523. It also included the first six of the tournament, a spectacular reverse sweep over the ropes at Shaw Park.
“Sometimes in an over I decide, ‘Okay, I’m going to try to take this guy over town and kick him out of the park’,” Nero said. “The ball hit the right spot. One of my strengths is the reverse. I’ve made it over the years, playing that reverse sweep all the time.
“When it went over the boundary for six I was very happy with it. But I was also annoyed that I hit the ball in the air, because when you speak to the best nations in the world, they will catch you. ,
Needless to say, Nero’s innings propelled his side to a total of 541-2 in 40 overs, with Australia winning the match by 269 runs. The host nation leads the series 6-0 against New Zealand, with two more ODIs to be played before the series ends on Friday.
The tournament in Brisbane is the first time since 2019 that all three Australian squads – blind, deaf and intellectually disabled – have competed at the international level. Due to the disruption of COVID-19, Nero has not represented Australia in the ODI World Cup in Dubai since 2018.
“It’s been a long time,” he said. “But no matter who we are playing, we always like to pour 100% and show the Australian spirit. We really just want to play cricket.”
Nero said the secret to his success was hard work and dedication. “It’s university and work plus a lot of evenings, weekends, it can be quite at times,” he said. “But also the support around me. there were days when i didn’t want to train but [coach Jason Stubbs] Said ‘keep going’ and pushed me.”
Blind cricket is similar to the traditional form of the game, with a few key differences – the ball is plastic and makes noise when it is moved, and the stumps are made of metal to produce more noise when stuck with the ball. . Bowling is underarm and the ball must bounce at least twice before reaching the batter.
Nero said that one-day matches are of 40 overs, which is not only physically but also mentally heavy on the visually impaired players.
“I think it’s a huge mental strain for any fully observed person to focus for that period,” he said. “But with vision loss we have to expend a lot of energy to focus, especially if the ball is spinning and there’s glare, so it’s really hard.”
Nevertheless, after his impressive innings, Nero kept the wickets and immediately completed five run outs.
“It’s been a whirlwind but a great experience,” he said.
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