There might be a new Sachin Tendulkar on the horizon. 13-year-old Armaan Jaffer of Rizvi Spring School, Mumbai, has ensnared the world record for the highest individual score in school cricket. He notched up 498 against rivals IES Raja Shivaji School in the Giles Shield tournament at Cross Maidan in Mumbai.
Armaan, who is the nephew of former India opener Wasim Jaffer, broke two records in his mammonth innings. He first surpassed the 357, set by Parikshit Valsangkar of IES V N Sule Guruji and then outstripped Sarfaraz Khan's 439 in the Under-16 Harris Shield last year. Armaan's knock which culminated in a catch, came off just 490 deliveries and was studded with as many as 77 fours.
"I will thank my father who has always supported me and kept me going." Armaan said. "I was just following my coach's instructions. I am thankful to him for his motivation."
His coach, Raju Pathak, showered praise on the youngster. "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."
Young Armaan draws inspiration only from the very best in the game. "Sachin Tendulkar is my idol", declared Armaan. "His determination and focus are the things that stand out."