New Delhi: Nicholas Pooran has truly been on the brink — after a bad accident, there was a time when he didn’t know if he could walk again. From there to hitting his maiden ODI century in the World Cup clash against Sri Lanka on July 1, the Caribbean wicket-keeper batsman has come a long way indeed.
Pooran, who scored 118 runs with the help of 11 boundaries and 4 sixes, anchored the West Indies’ innings while chasing a mammoth target of 339 runs set by Sri Lanka.
What a powerful day for @nicholas_47 … Early in 2015 a car accident left him wondering if he would ever walk again let alone play cricket. It took him 7 months to walk unassisted. He had to learn how to walk again. Now he has scored his maiden ODI century. #💯 pic.twitter.com/osVwwRLHMC
— Mike Haysman (@MikeHaysman) July 1, 2019
Four years ago, Pooran met with an accident and sustained injuries on his knees and ankle.
In his own words, “I was coming back home from training, driving, I was close to home and a car was overtaking another car, so I pulled away. I hit a sand heap and then I came back onto the road and another vehicle hit me.”
Recalling the incident, Pooran said: “My left patellar tendon had ruptured, and I had a fractured right ankle. I couldn’t straighten my leg.”
An inspiration for the young generation, the 23-year-old Pooran did not lose hope even after two surgeries and started practising post his therapy, which he described as “tough and boring”.
It took him six months to recover and reach the ground, but by August 2015, he was jogging again. At the auction event of the Caribbean Premiere League, the Barbados Tridents took Pooran in the fourth round for US $ 90,000 and it made him among the top ten most expensive local players for the league.
Since then, the wicket-keeper batsman has never looked back and although West Indies lost Monday’s match, it was Pooran who won the hearts of millions across the world.
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