The two young boys, B. Manoj Kumar and Mohammed Shaibaaz Tumbi, who stunned the cricket fraternity by putting on 721 runs in a school match, say they had planned to play out the entire 40 overs and score as many centuries as possible.
The two baysmen struck triple centuries each in the Under-13 inter-school one-day cricket match on Wednesday to wipe out the long-standing record of 664 runs registered by Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli in 1987-88 for their school Sharadashram Vidyamandir in Mumbai.
“We thought of playing the full 40 overs and scoring centuries because first year’s selection is very important,” said Manoj, whose role model is Yuvraj Singh. Shaibaaz, who idolises Tendulkar, said, “We thought we have to stick for 40 overs on the wicket.”
Manoj cracked 320 runs off 127 balls studded with 46 fours while Shaibaaz hit 324 runs laced with 67 hits to the fence for St. Peter’s High School at the Gymkhana Ground against St. Phillip’s High School on Wednesday. It is a first instance of two triple centuries being scored in the same innings in limited-overs cricket. Their opponents folded up for 21 in 7 overs.