Blind cricketer and para athlete Bikram Bahadur Rana has won the Pulsar Sports Award Para athlete Player of the Year award. Bikram holds a peculiar record of being the only player to compete in Cricket World Cup for Blind and Para Olympic Games.
In the 2012 London Para Olympics Bikram was one of the two athletes representing Nepal. Through Bikram returned empty handed from the Games, he went on to set a new national record in 100m and 200m races.
He timed 12.81 seconds in 100m and 26.95 seconds in 200m. Both of his times are record in the South Asian region. Paralympics was over but there was no stopping for Bikram with another big stage — Cricket World Cup for Blind — looming.
In the tournament that was held in Bangalore, Bikram gave an allround performance from Nepal. With his 58 runs and one wicket, Nepal defeated Bangladesh by nine wickets for a historical victory. He ended up being the highest scorer for Nepal in the World Cup with 154 runs apart from claiming two wickets.
The 35-year old former Armyman Bikram had lost his eyesight in an ambush in Nuwakot.