IES VN Sule Guruji’s Sumedh Kamble played the skipper’s role to perfection as his all-round performance put the Dadar school in the driver’s seat against Shree B A K Swadhyay Bhawan (Matunga) on Day Two of their Giles Shield Elite Division match at Azad Maidan yesterday.
Sumedh, who had earlier scalped four wickets, stole the show by scoring 376 as his team declared their first innings at 698-7. His 311-ball knock was laced with 40 boundaries and two sixes. Sumedh was ably supported by Fahad Patel, who scored 111. On Tuesday, riding on his four-wicket haul, the Dadar outfit had bundled out their opponents for a paltry 76.
“I don’t know whether I should be happy or sad. It’s good that I was able to score 376 but it hurts that I got out before reaching 400. What is worse is that I was unable to break Don Bosco’s Bhupen Lalwani’s score of 398 he made in the Giles Shield last season. When I was on the field I wasn’t bothered by how many runs I have scored. But once I got out it did hit me hard,” lamented Sumedh.
The 13-year-old, who is on the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) Mumbai U-14 probables list, now hopes that he makes it to the final list that will be out soon.
“Today was a big day for me. Batting on an overnight score of 100, I was confident that I could complete my double ton. But once I crossed the 300-run mark, I just wanted to play through the day.
Also, the 498-run record made by Rizvi Springfield’s (Bandra) Armaan Jaffer looked very difficult at the onset. So I wasn’t going for it. I still have some more matches and will surely try to break Armaan’s record,” Sumedh signed off.