Gundecha Education Academy’s Suryansh Shegde had a brilliant start to his Giles Shield tournament on Friday, as he scored 326 runs off just 137 balls to help his team beat SPS Mumbadevi by 482 runs.
The 13-year-old hammered the Mumbadevi bowlers to all corners of the park and though he stepped in to bat in the fourth over of the game, he had reached the triple figure mark by the 10th over. His innings, which was laced with 53 fours and three sixes, has now overtaken Yashashvi Jaiswal’s 319 as the highest individual score in the history of the tournament’s limited-over matches.
Suryansh, however, said it wasn’t an extraordinary effort from him but he just stuck to his natural instincts. “I am an aggressive batsman and I played accordingly. I didn’t take too many risks early on and upped the ante only when I settled down in the middle. It felt great as I could end the innings unbeaten,” he said. “I wanted to tire out the bowlers and hence played accordingly. I just hit three boundaries in the first 20 balls but went on to score the hundred by the time we were in the 10th over.”
To put things into perspective, his teammate Manit Dakshini (37) had the second highest score in the innings. If Suryansh’s exploits were not enough, Mumbadevi made matters worse for themselves as they failed to complete the 45 overs within regular time and were short by 4 overs. They were penalised 88 runs, thus pushing the target from 454 to 542. It was then Zenith Sachdev’s turn to run through the Mumbaidevi line-up as the slow left-arm spinner picked up seven wickets to bundle out the opposition for just 60 runs.
Suryansh idolises the legendary Sachin Tendulkar and India Test captain Virat Kohli and trains at the Sanjeevani Cricket Academy. Manish Bangera has been his personal coach for the past four years. His school coach, Prashant Vilekar, was elated with his student’s achievement.
“He’s a very talented player. This is his last year in the U-14 circuit and it’s his hard work that has helped him to achieve what he has today,” he said. “It isn’t like a state team where all the eleven players are handpicked and placed in the playing XI. In school cricket we often depend on just a few names and that’s where he has excelled so well. He’s a natural leader and inspires everyone around him.”