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Gautam Adani to support specially-abled cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir

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Billionaire industrialist Gautam Adani has offered to support a 34-year-old specially-abled cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir. Taking to social media platform X (formerly Twitter), the Adani Group Chairman recently announced that Adani Foundation, the CSR arm of Adani Group will soon get in touch with the cricketer who is an ‘inspiration’ and support him in his ‘unique journey’.
Amir Hussain Lone, who lost both his arms at the age of 8 in an accident, has been into professional cricket since 2013 and is currently the skipper of Jammu & Kashmir’s Para cricket team.

Amir’s story

The story of Amir Hussain Lone was shared on Twitter by news agency ANI, which posted a video of the cricketer in action and wrote, “#WATCH | Anantnag, J&K: 34-year-old differently-abled cricketer from Waghama village of Bijbehara. Amir Hussain Lone currently captains Jammu & Kashmir’s Para cricket team. Amir has been playing cricket professionally since 2013 after a teacher discovered his cricketing talent and introduced him to Para cricket. He bowls using his feet and bats by holding the bat between his shoulder and neck. Amir lost both his arms in an accident at his father’s mill when he was eight years old.”
Amir Hussain Lone
Reacting to this tweet, Adani wrote in Hindi, “This emotional story of Aamir is amazing! We salute your courage, dedication to the game and the spirit of never giving up even in adverse circumstances. @AdaniFoundation will contact you soon and provide you every possible support in this unique journey. Your struggle is an inspiration for all of us.”

Backing Praggnanandhaa

Earlier this month, Gautam Adani announced that he will be backing India’s chess prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa. Taking to social media on 5th January, Gautam Adani announced that he will be supporting Praggnanandhaa. Taking to X (formerly Twitter), the industrialist shared a photograph clicked with Indian chess grandmaster where the two can be seen shaking hands. Expressing his faith in the youngster’s capabilities in taking the nation forward, Adani announced his support for the teenager calling him an “inspiration to young Indians”.
He wrote, “It’s a privilege to support Praggnanandhaa as he continues to win laurels in the world of chess and make India proud. His success is an inspiration to countless young Indians to believe that nothing is more gratifying than standing on the podium to celebrate our nation’s greatness. Praggnanandhaa represents what India can and will be all about. I wish him all the very best. Jai Hind.”
Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani with India’s chess prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa
Meanwhile, the Indian teenager has defeated reigning World Champion Ding Liren in the fourth round of the Tata Steel Masters 2024 on Tuesday. This also made him surpass over five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand as the country’s top-ranked chess player as per the FIDE live ratings. Pragg became the second Indian after Anand to defeat a reigning world champion in classical chess.
Saluting his achievement, Gautam Adani tweeted on Wednesday, “Tremendously proud of your achievement, Pragg. What an astonishing moment, defeating the reigning World Champion Ding Liren of China and becoming India’s top-rated player. This is truly a proud moment for our nation! @rpraggnachess #TataSteelChess.”