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Little star blazes into record books

other Updated: Jul 21, 2009 00:09 IST
Heena Zuni Pandit
Heena Zuni Pandit
Hindustan Times
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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 slaughtered Golden Arrow Academy team's bowlers.

Mohit blasted 230 off only 88 balls with a scarcely 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, Twinkle to his friends, reached his hundred off only 38 balls and raced to 200 off only 73 balls.

The left-handed Rohtak Road Gymkhana opener spoke to the Hindustan Times after his feat. "I am happy. Initially, I used to be nervous when playing against big teams featuring Ranji players. But now I concentrate on the ball and not who is bowling."

Mohit comes from a cricketing family - 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."