Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are ... This was the refrain on people's lips when 17-year-old Mohit Sharma, playing for Niz Sports at the Ashok Vihar ground, slaughtered bowlers of the Golden Arrow Academy team.
Mohit blasted an astounding 230 runs off only 88 balls with a scarecely believable 29 boundaries and 16 sixes. Needless to say Niz Sports won the 30-over Shiv Naresh Sports under-19 tournament match by the absurd margin of 257 runs.
Mohit, who his friends call Twinkle, reached his hundred off only 38 balls and raced to 200 off only 73 balls.
The left-hand batsman, who opens for Rohtak Road Gymkhana, was understandably elated when he spoke to the Hindustan Times after his feat. "I am happy. Initially, I use to be nervous a bit when playing against big teams featuring Ranji players," the youngster admitted. "But now I concentrate on the ball and not who is bowling."
Mohit comes from a cricketing family and says he is "is fortunate to pursue the career of his choice with the full support of his family." Mohit's elder brother Deepak Sharma plays for Assam in the Ranji trophy and his cousin Chetan Sharma is also a regular in Delhi cricket circles.
Although helped by the fact that the Ashok Vihar ground is a small one, Mohit's feat is no fluke as he has scored nearly 650 runs from 15 DDCA league matches in the last few months.
Mohit's coach Shravan Kumar has only praise for his ward. "He is outstanding, there is a difference in the ratio of 10:1 between Mohit and other players of his age," said Kumar, who adds that Mohit has rarely got the credit he deserves. "He was forgotten for the last two years after he performed well at the under-15 level for DDCA, but I am sure he will show his potential whenever he's given a chance."
Brief Scores: Niz Sports: 374 for 5 in 30 overs (Mohit Sharma 230, Varun Sood 58, Akash Chaudhary 46; Pankaj Gupta 2 for 34) beat Golden Arrow Academy:117 for 5 in 30 overs (Arish Zaidi not out 31, Aditya Gaur not out 30, Sagar Arora 3 for 26).