Cricket is Deepak Malik’s favourite game and like any other child, he dreamt of playing cricket for his country and making India proud. The things however, took an ugly turn after he was injured while bursting crackers during Diwali and lost his vision permanently.
Born in Haryana’s Bhainswal village, Deepak was 8 years old when the dreadful incident claimed his vision in 2004. The accident took a serious toll on him, he cut contacts with his friends and family and went into a shell.
Deepak’s fate, however, had better things in store for him. Deepak’s parents took him to a blond school in Delhi after someone’s advice and Deepak’s life changed. “I realized there is still hope. The moment the cricket bat came in my hand, I felt like I had got a new life”, says Malik.
The blind school gave him an incredible opportunity to play blind cricket and prove himself. He started by representing his school to playing for the state. At present, Deepak is playing for the national blind team of India and already hold a record for scoring the fastest 50 in just 17 balls in blind cricket against Sri Lanka!
Deepak gives all the credit to Delhi for helping him realize his dreams and work for it. He won the World Cup beating Pakistan, Asia Cup and T20 matches and won all the three matched for India. He says, “Delhi has supported me throughout this journey. Had I not come here, I wouldn’t have got a new life.”
Delhi also gave him the golden to meet skipper Zaheer Khan of the ‘Delhi Daredevils’ who called him a champion. A confident Malik’s reply aptly summarises his spirit: “This is just the beginning of the innings!”
India is proud of you, Deepak!