Double delight for Kesarsing Thapa

Al-Barkaat skipper scores his maiden double century in Giles Shield and also ensures defending champs enter semi-finals of elite inter-school tourney

Kesarsing Thapa cracked a fluent, unbeaten 222 to help defending champions Al-Barkaat MMI (Kurla) reach a total of 467-7 against Parle Tilak Vidyalaya (Vile Parle) on Day Two of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association Giles Shield Elite Division match at Azad Maidan yesterday.

His 311-ball knock was laced with 28 boundaries. Ankush Ritik supported him well with an unbeaten 69.

Kesarsing thapa
Kesarsing Thapa. File Pic

Thirteen-year-old Kesarsing said that the knock is the ideal confidence-booster ahead of his stint with the Mumbai under-14 team for which he keeps wickets too. The Al-Barkaat skipper rated yesterday’s performance as one of his best so far.

“Today’s knock is very special to me for two reasons. Firstly, this is my maiden double ton in Giles Shield. Secondly, my innings has ensured a semi-final berth for my team (In the first innings, Parle Tilak were bowled out for 91).

I just played my natural game without thinking about a 100 or 200. I played without any pressure,” said the Class VIII student, who wants to grow up to be like his idol — India skipper MS Dhoni.

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