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Meet Indian cricket team's most enthusiastic fan, Dharamveer Singh Pal, who travels for the stars

Sunday, December 21, 2021

Braving the odds

Divya Kalra

Mohali: An adage goes, "Don't just follow your dreams, catch up to them." 

Such is the case with Dharamveer Singh Pal, an enthusiastic cricket fan who accompanies the Indian cricket team during its matches in various cities. He is differently abled, but that doesn't deter him from turning his dreams into reality. 

For the past three years, the 17-year-old has been accompanying the Indian team wherever it goes. Spotted at the second and final Test match underway at Mohali, this young cheerleader is proud to have a good rapport with the Indian heroes. "The entire cricket team helps me a lot. They finance my travelling, food, and my accommodation in cities that host the matches," said Dharamveer. Having a lot of faith in the Almighty, Dharamveer prayed staunchly for Rahul Dravid on Day 2. "I prayed to God that Dravid makes a good comeback. Deewar mein Daraar Nahin (There is no crack in the wall). I was very happy as he got the runs."

While Yuvraj Singh is Dharamveer's favourite player in the India squad, he was all praise for Sreesanth as a person. "Though he is not in the squad, Sreesanth is my good friend. I get a lot of calls from him and even I keep calling him every now and then."

Not just that he follows the Indian cricket team, but he also plays cricket. Dharamveer captains the Madhya Pradesh Handicap Cricket Association team, and his playing role is that of an all-rounder. With a lot of pride, Dharamveer said, "In the Madhav Rao Scindia Trophy held in Delhi, we played against Delhi and I took seven wickets off just six runs." Adding yet another tag to his lifestyle that revolves around cricket, Dharamveer, a student of class XIth, is addressed as the 'Lucky Champ' of the Indian Premier League team King's XI Punjab.

With a palpable sense of pride, Dharamveer said, "I have most of the phone numbers of the Indian cricket team players. I believe Sachin, Rahul they all like me.'' Well, definitely, his indomitable spirit and passion for the game has made him likeable to the Indian cricketers. His childhood polio attack does not allow Dharamveer to move on his legs, but that does not stop this ardent fan from being Team India's lucky mascot.