Nagpur lad Lokesh Marghade’s match-winning 37-run helped India Blue to the title victory in Deepak Lohiya memorial T20 trophy for specially-abled in Bhiwani. They defeated Indian Green by 3 wickets in the finale.
Right-hander Lokesh, the only specially-abled player in Nagpur to play Vidarbha’s Cricket Association’s renowned Guzder League, scored the second-highest run.
In the final, Lokesh compiled 29 runs and tournament’s top scorer Shivashankara GS scored 37 runs as India Blue chased down the target of 125 scoring 127 for 7 in 18.3 overs. Lokesh and Shivashankara match-defining 59-run led the team to victory.
Earlier, India Green managed 124 in 20 overs. Tusar Paul scored 38 runs, while Nagpur’s Arjun Vaidya and M Sadik both notched-up 16 runs each.
Five specially-abled cricketers from Nagpur played the tournament- Lokesh, Nagesh Ingle, Arjun, Rohan Bhoir and Gurudas Raut. Marghade played for India Blue, Ingle and Vaidya were part of India Green, and Bhoir and Raut represented India Red.