Twelve-year-old Shreyas Dalvi's love for cricket has forced him to stay away from his parents. Shreyas re-located  from Sindhudurg  district to Mumbai last year just to fulfil his cricketing ambitions and what better place than Shardashram Vidyalaya (Dadar), well known for its legacy in the sport.

Shardashram's Shreyas Dalvi takes the aerial route during yesterday's
Giles Shield match against IES Raja Shivaji at Cross Maidan. Pic/Shadab

Shreyas, who starred for his school  in yesterday's five wicket win over IES Raja Shivaji Vidyalaya (Dadar) in the first round Giles Shield Elite Division match, lives with his uncle Prakash Dalvi in Vikhroli. His parents continue to live in Sindhudurg and cannot shift because of their financial condition.

Shreyas' all-round performance (79 not out off 98 balls and 4-19) at Cross Maidan yesterday, was a fitting gift for the sacrifice he is making at such a young age.

"I'm glad that I got the opportunity to play for Shardashram. I have got used to staying away from my parents, but on days when I see other players mother getting food for them I wish my mother could do the same," said an emotional Shreyas, son of a school teacher.

Meanwhile, IES VN Sule Guruji defeated Swami Vivekanand by an innings and 324 runs. Anjuman-I-Islam (Urdu) beat IES Modern English (Dadar) by 132 runs.