India news December 22, 2010

Armaan Jaffer breaks schools cricket record

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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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  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY PremZtalks on | December 24, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Oh Boy!!! Beware of IPL!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    yuuupppppps unbelievable record by the little fellow

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2010, 17:53 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY jals on | December 23, 2010, 15:56 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY KunzMan 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

  • POSTED BY suresh2479 on | December 23, 2010, 11:12 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY PremZtalks on | December 24, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Oh Boy!!! Beware of IPL!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    yuuupppppps unbelievable record by the little fellow

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2010, 17:53 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY jals on | December 23, 2010, 15:56 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY KunzMan 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

  • POSTED BY suresh2479 on | December 23, 2010, 11:12 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY RCMohan on | December 23, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    I THINK THERE IS A SACHIN IN THE MAKING, ALL THE BEST AND KUDOS ON YOUR PERFORMANCE. IF YOU HAD REACHED 500, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN GFREAT. AIM FOR THAT, I AM SURE YOU WILL ACHEIVE IT ONE DAY.

  • POSTED BY catalyst213 on | December 23, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    Well done , like all people here I wish you very best with the future. Concentrate hard and be consistent, you perform well regularly then surely the future is very bright for you.

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    ARMAAN GREAT BEGINNING..BUT DONT GET INTO IPL BEFORE PLAYING TEST CRICKET FOR INDIA...TEST CRICKET IS OF PRIME IMPORTANCE..IPL IS LEAST IMPORTANT FOR BLOSSOMING OF ANY TALENTED BATSMAN LIKE YOU...

  • POSTED BY sonjjay on | December 23, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    I dont understand how Rizvi keeps churning out such talents last year it was Sarfaraz and now Armaan.But its too soon to imagine him in the team guys.I really hope he maintains consistency and doesnt fade away.Its still a long road ahead but we all would love to see your potential blossom.All the best.

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    Well done Armaan!! As long as you keep practicing hard and keep a steady head on your shoulders, you will go far!

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Well played...good news for cricket....keep it up....

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    As salam alaikum, a lots of wishes for ur achievement n for your future Armaan Jaffer, This world might wanna see you n Sarfaraz together in the future in National Team.

    Today's PREPARATION determine tomorrow's ACHIEVEMENT.

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Great works done....... Many congrats.............. Don't be over-confident, keep it, carry on........... CONSISTENCY is the main thing for you dear......... You will be a great cricketer one day.... InshAllah....

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    What happened to Deepak Chougule? He was also considered future Sachin. BCCI is only a money making machine and doesn't care for grooming young talent.

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Congratulation Armaan keep going on ,Inshallah We will see you team india .Follow sachin and practice definitely success in your life.

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    No doubt tat this guy wil play alongside with Sachin... :)

  • POSTED BY 32_shekhar on | December 23, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    best of luck, buddy.................!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Now, Media pls pls dont start comparing him with Sachin...........wat u guys always do

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Hi Armann, Congrats. Dedication, Practise, Perfection, Determination, blessings of your Coach, Parents & God took u to this level. The most important thing in Cricket is "Consistency". I hope God will give u all the energy to perform consistently & U will start playing for the country in the nearest future. All the very best for your career. The time u spent at the Crease and the balls u took to score is amazing. (490 Balls-498 Runs, 77 fours). I haven't seen ur game so far. Will u be able to clear the ground often? Because the modern day cricket(One day & T'20s) demands more of Sixes. Hope u will get that too. All the best.

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    He should be future of India.

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    May today's success be the beginning of tomorrow's achievements. Well played young man.. make India proud!

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | December 23, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    Its a great feat by youngman. BCCI needs to see his technique and if he is technicaly good then in next three four years groom him and he can become good international player. But it takes luck to become an international player depends on in which era you born and which year the oldies are retiring. For this kid it can be great time to put all efforts becuase India will need three batsmen in next three years. Have fun Kid....hopefull to see you on TV.

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    Reall good worrk man.....keep it up

  • POSTED BY look_nah on | December 22, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    Young man you have done exceeding well. Motivation, discipline and all your goals that drove you to this accomplishment can be easily transferred to other aspects of your life. Continue in the same mode and you'll become a well rounded individaul with a bright future.

    I know of too many youngsters one and even two years older than you who wait on mommy to pack their gear-bags / kits and mommy must fetch their bags and fill their water bottles. At the end of a match or practice session they drop their bats on the ground for mommy to pick up. No wonder on match- day they never get past ten runs.

    Well done kid!

  • POSTED BY mail2farazahmad on | December 22, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Alahmdullilah may Allah keep your spirit high and you may play a good cricket for India with the innings like this.

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    God Bless u son !! bcci groom him for 5 years and by 18 he'll don india colours !! do i sense another sachin from mumbai !!!! hope his shine isnt wasted in ipl !

  • POSTED BY sebinism on | December 22, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    he is the replacement for sachin

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    I hope someday we see him in international circuit.. and he bring laurels to our country... well done Armaan....

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    hats off young blood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Congratulations, Armann. We hope to watch many innings from your blade for the country too in the years to come. Keep a cool head and concentrate on your game. All the best.

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    One more talent kid batsman for future India

  • POSTED BY leslie_alo on | December 22, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    understandably, if Wasim too scored heavily it should've been a featherbed of a pitch since Wasim still is an expert fisher in off-side. Things might change if Armaan makes sure he spends equal amount of time in matting wickets if at all he is not able to find spongy wickets! This was the very same approach which groomed people like Dravid. As far as Sachin, he could always play bounce since all Tom, Dick and Harry used to bounce him in any wicket since his height made it easy for them. As for others, they might need to go in search of spongy sticks - let BCCI take an initiative to groom and catch people like these young so that future is safe here!

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    "I am little disappointed that I missed the 500-mark" As you would!

    I am a little disappointed I don't shoot 9 under par every week.

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Amazing record Armaan, all the best keep play like this u ill get place n indian team soon eat well,sleep well too thr is lot to go Follow ur fathers & Mr.Raju pathak words once again all the best waiting too c u asap n indian team dear, God bless You

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    MashaALLAH... Gud to hear tat Arman..

    All the best in near future.. Be Consistance.. Hope to c u on TV Soon.. Lyk ur uncle :)

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  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    MashaALLAH... Gud to hear tat Arman..

    All the best in near future.. Be Consistance.. Hope to c u on TV Soon.. Lyk ur uncle :)

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Amazing record Armaan, all the best keep play like this u ill get place n indian team soon eat well,sleep well too thr is lot to go Follow ur fathers & Mr.Raju pathak words once again all the best waiting too c u asap n indian team dear, God bless You

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    "I am little disappointed that I missed the 500-mark" As you would!

    I am a little disappointed I don't shoot 9 under par every week.

  • POSTED BY leslie_alo on | December 22, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    understandably, if Wasim too scored heavily it should've been a featherbed of a pitch since Wasim still is an expert fisher in off-side. Things might change if Armaan makes sure he spends equal amount of time in matting wickets if at all he is not able to find spongy wickets! This was the very same approach which groomed people like Dravid. As far as Sachin, he could always play bounce since all Tom, Dick and Harry used to bounce him in any wicket since his height made it easy for them. As for others, they might need to go in search of spongy sticks - let BCCI take an initiative to groom and catch people like these young so that future is safe here!

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    One more talent kid batsman for future India

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Congratulations, Armann. We hope to watch many innings from your blade for the country too in the years to come. Keep a cool head and concentrate on your game. All the best.

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    hats off young blood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    I hope someday we see him in international circuit.. and he bring laurels to our country... well done Armaan....

  • POSTED BY sebinism on | December 22, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    he is the replacement for sachin

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    God Bless u son !! bcci groom him for 5 years and by 18 he'll don india colours !! do i sense another sachin from mumbai !!!! hope his shine isnt wasted in ipl !