The Delhi Daredevils might have failed to turn Diwali into a bright occasion, but two Delhi under-16 players — Nitish Rana and Siddharth Sehwag — did so. Only last month in Srinagar, Sehwag was Delhi’s highest scorer in the National School Games.
Playing for LB Shastri club in the DDCA under-16 tournament, Rana (195 runs, 226 balls, 25/4) and Sehwag (134 run, 215 balls, 23/4) put on 349 for the second wicket, to beat Malik Sports on the basis of the first innings lead.
Rana, the 15-year-old left-hand batsman, was joined by 14-year-old leggie Sehwag after they lost Sufiyan Alam off the first ball, but eventually went on to play a cautious innings at the Bharat Nagar ground.
Rana was initially not even given out on 195, but the umpire upheld the appeal for caught behind after the batsman walked. “I knew I was out and I did not want to score a double-century with the feeling that I was out,” said Rana.
While Rana hit 25 boundaries, Sehwag hit 23 fours. Ask Sehwag what the two were talking about when they were batting and the answer is immediate. “We eat from the same plate… we understand each other enough,” said Sehwag. We like to bat together,” he added.
Gursharan Singh, who watched the innings, praised the youngsters. “They were talking singles and were very composed while playing,” he said.
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