An inter-school cricket match in India, on Wednesday, November 20, witnessed one of the most lop-sided cricket scorecards ever, when one of the teams lost by a mammoth 754 runs after all its batsmen were dismissed for a duck.
The Harris Shield tournament in Mumbai, a school-level tournament organised by the Mumbai School Sports Association, has been the launchpad for several cricketers to exhibit their potential at a young age. From Sunil Gavaskar to Sachin Tendulkar, to Rohit Sharma, the Shield has churned out talented names that have aced the big stage.
For Children’s Academy’s students, however, an U-16 game of the same tournament, against Swami Vivekanand International School [SVIS] proved to be a day to forget. Playing at the New Era Cricket Club in Azad Maidan, Mumbai, the Academy’s batsmen succumbed to ducks, with the seven team runs coming through extras [one bye, six wides]. The wrecker-in-chief for SVIS was a young gentleman named Alok Pal, who picked up six wickets, finishing with figures of 3-0-3-6, including the small matter of a hat-trick.
Meet Mayekar of Swami Vivekanand International School (SVIS), Borivali (alma mater of Rohit Sharma) scored 338* off 134 balls v Children's Academy, Andheri.
SVIS scored 761/4 in 45 overs. Their opponents were bowled out for 7 (all 7 extras)!
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) November 21, 2019
There’s very little that can eclipse a six-wicket haul and a hat-trick, but earlier in the day, it was Pal’s teammate, 15-year-old Meet Mayekar, who grabbed eyeballs with his knock at No.3. Mayekar slammed 338, off only 134 balls, gathering a jaw-dropping 56 fours and seven sixes in the 45-overs-a-side game.
The triple century helped SVIS post a whopping 761-4 in 39 overs, helped along by opener Krishna Parte’s 95, Ishan Roy’s 67, and 156 runs in penalties alone, due to the fielding team’s failure in completing the stipulated overs in time. An additional 57 runs also came in extras. Six overs into the chase, Children’s Academy was bowled out for 7, handing SVIS a 754-run win. SVIS is also the alma-mater of India opener Rohit Sharma.
Mumbai’s school cricket is no stranger to mammoth knocks; in 2016, 15-year-old Pranav Dhanawade scored 1009* [yes, you read it right] in a single innings, off only 323 balls, hitting 129 fours and 59 sixes. It had bettered the previous record set by Prithvi Shaw, who hit 546 as a school kid in 2013/14.
The Harris Shield is also the very same tournament where Sachin Tendulkar, just shy of 15, forged a 664-run stand with Vinod Kambli in 1988, scoring an unbeaten 326, just a year before breaking into the national side.