In an era where most youngsters love to play big shots thanks to the advent of Twenty20 cricket, 13-year-old Suved Parkar's approach en route his maiden triple ton yesterday comes as a refreshing change.
Swami Vivekanand's Suved Parkar en route his triple ton against Gundecha Education during a Harris Shield match at Shivaji Park yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble
The Swami Vivekanand International School lad did not hit a single ball over the fence during his unbeaten knock of 300. He slammed 36 boundaries and ran hard between the wickets to reach his best score so far.
"My coaches, Dinesh Lad and Mahesh Raut, told me to just stay on the wicket and not to play any aggressive shots. Whenever I got a loose ball, I hit a boundary. My main target was to reach the 300-mark," said Suved after Swami Vivekanand (Borivli) crushed Gundecha Education (Kandivli) by an innings and 403 runs on the penultimate day of the Harris Shield Elite Division U-16 inter-school match at Shivaji Park.
Swami Vivekanand declared their innings at 520-2 after Suved's triple ton. The Borivli team then ousted Gundecha for 91 in their second innings with medium pacer Atharva Poojari claiming 6-25. Suved was also the star performer in the first innings albeit with the ball, claiming five for nine to bundle out Gundecha for a paltry 26.
Suved played a patient knock yesterday, consuming 116 balls to add 91 runs to his overnight score of 209. "After I crossed the 250-run mark, I didn't want to get out because 300 was on my mind."