Despite being unbeaten on 295 at the start of the second day's play of their Giles Shield (under-14 inter-school), Rizvi Springfield's Armaan Jaffer was determined to start afresh as he entered the Karnatak Sporting Association's ground on Wednesday morning.
And by the time he returned to the pavilion late in the day, the 13-year-old had broken a plethora of records. His gargantuan run-a-ball 498 against IES Raje Shivaji Vidyalaya was not only the highest individual score in the Giles Shield but also the personal best in the history of Mumbai school circuit, the feeding centre to some of the finest batsmen in the history of the game.
Despite breaking all sorts of records in school cricket, including Sachin Tendulkar's 329, Vinod Kambli's 349 (in Harris Shield), Parikshit Walsangkar's 367 (best in Giles Shield), his uncle Wasim Jaffer's 400 not out and Sarfaraz Khan's 439 (in Harris Shield), Armaan was surprisingly cool as ever after the feat. “I had decided not to play any aerial shots,” Armaan, who hit 77 boundaries during his 495 balls knock that stretched over eight and a half hours, said. “I knew as long as I occupy the crease, the runs will keep flowing.”
“It would have been better if I had got 500, but there is no grudge,” said Armaan, who is the nephew Wasim Jaffer.