- Sibusiso Mdlalose is blind
- However, he enjoys playing cricket
- He was once part of the National Blind Cricket team
A 41-year-old man in Braamfisherville in Johannesburg may be blind, but this hasn't stopped him from playing his favourite sport — cricket.
For a long time, Sibusiso Mdlalose couldn't enjoy an outdoor sport because of his disability, Briefly.co.za learned.
However, this changed one day when a friend suggested that he could play blind cricket.
According to Daily Sun, Sibusiso enthusiastically took up the suggestion and trained for two days. He subsequently enrolled in the Central Gauteng Blind Cricket development team.
Before long, he was playing in the National Blind Cricket Tournament in 2004. He said:
We lost all our games, but I fell in love with the sport. Cricket made me believe in myself and helped me forget all my troubles. It also brought me closer to other blind people.
The highlight of his cricketing career came in 2010 when he was part of South Africa's national blind cricket team that faced Pakistan in 2010 in Cape Town.
Sibusiso was also part of the team that squared up with India in 2012. Amazingly, he was named Cricket Player of the Year in 2010.
The helpful cricketer also volunteers as a Braille teacher during his free time.
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