India news December 22, 2010

Armaan Jaffer breaks schools cricket record

ESPNcricinfo staff

Armaan Jaffer, 13, is the new owner of the record for the highest individual score in Indian school cricket. Armaan, nephew of one-time India Test opener and Mumbai captain Wasim Jaffer, smashed 498 for Rizvi Springfield School against IES Raja Shivaji School in the Giles Shield tournament at Cross Maidan in Mumbai.

Armaan first broke the record for the highest score in the Giles Shield, an Under-14 tournament, going past the previous record of 357 set by Parikshit Valsangkar of IES VN Sule Guruji, Dadar against Christ Church last year. He then surpassed Sarfaraz Khan's 439 - scored in the Under-16 Harris Shield competition last year - to claim the record. His knock, brought to an end by a catch, came off 490 balls and included 77 fours.

"I will thank my father who has always supported me and kept me going. I am little disappointed that I missed the 500-mark but as we say, 'One mistake and you are back in pavilion'," Armaan said.

Armaan's uncle, Wasim, once held the same record, scoring 403 in the Harris Shield. "I was not thinking about any record, nor about Sarfaraz's 439 and not even about Wasim uncle's 403. I was just following my coach's instructions. I am thankful to him for his motivation," Armaan said.

His coach, Raju Pathak, was full of praise. "He is a very disciplined player. I had told him last evening I want you to play a long innings so go ahead and score as many runs you want. Based on your innings, we will declare the target. But he surprised me as well and created a record innings. I am very pleased with his game."

There were no surprises when Armaan was asked of his role model. "Sachin Tendulkar is my idol. His determination and focus are the things that stand out."

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  • Dummy4 on December 24, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    well done armaan..beware of the temptation to better your record or reach 500.just play the game in your team's interest and follow your coach's advice,,,,. the records will follow

  • Premchand on December 24, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Oh Boy!!! Beware of IPL!!!

  • Dummy4 on December 24, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    yuuupppppps unbelievable record by the little fellow

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    there is a need to build these young talents and train them properly

  • syed on December 23, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Well done Armaan Jaffer, all the best for your future. Hope you will be the next Sachin.

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Well don. Way to go young lad, hope u stay focused and keep putting in the hard work.

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Awesome! But I still cannot imagine how one A.E.J.Collins scored 628 not out, in the school match between Clark's House and North Town, way back in 1899! :O

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    well done armaan ...................... really it need lots and lots of hard work to be there where u r now ....................i still remember how we used to practice in rizvi ground with wet rubber ball my prayers r there with u allways ............ defenetly after Allah ..................Thaks to your father Kalim bhai ..............he had done same hard work what u have done Armaan today your father will be the happest man on your success really......................well done

  • Kunal on December 23, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    ARmaannnn my man! I mean boy! Go to SA before the Durban test and win it for India

  • Suresh on December 23, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    A great innings, All cricket lovers wish u a great cricket career ahead...

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