Don Bosco's Bhupen Lalwani slams unbeaten 194

Published: 05 December, 2013 01:16 IST | Sundari Iyer |

On a day when rain played spoilsport and delayed a majority of the Harris Shield Elite Division matches at Azad Maidan, two unbeaten tons by Don Bosco's (Matunga) Bhupen Lalwani (194*) and Swami Vivekanand's (Kandivli) Simrat Singh Bhomra (116*) stood out.

Bosco opener Bhupen’s 235-ball knock, laced with 36 boundaries, helped the Matunga team end Day Two on 397-1 in 80 overs in reply to IES Digambar Patkar Vidyalaya’s (Dadar) first innings tally of 118.

Bhupen Lalwani
Don Bosco’s Bhupen Lalwani in action against IES Digambar Patkar Vidyalaya in the Harris Shield tournament at Azad Maidan yesterday. Pic/Suresh KK 

Compared to Day One, when the 14-year-old had scored 77 off 55 balls, Bhupen played a more mature innings yesterday and added 117 runs.

The Chembur-lad said he was motivated to work hard after being left out of the playing XI of the Mumbai U-14 side despite scoring 398 against Modern English School in Giles Shield Elite Division last season.

“It was frustrating that I was a stand-by in the Mumbai U-14 team last year. But I don’t want to think about it and brood over it.

This is a new season and this knock has come at the right time. I hope that the selectors take note of it and give me a chance to be a part of the Mumbai U-16 team,” said the Class IX student.

With just a day’s play left, Bhupen now wants to score a double ton today. “My coach (Santosh Chaphe) wants to declare the innings after one hour of play tomorrow. So my aim would be to make a double century and then add on as many runs as I can,” he said.

Meanwhile, Simrat stabilised Swami Vivekanand’s innings after they were 39-3 against IES Modern English (Dadar). His unbeaten knock helped the Kandivli side put 231-8 on board in 70 overs.  

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