MUMBAI, (Reuters) – A 13-year-old has smashed the record for the highest individual score by an Indian schoolboy with a marathon innings of 498. Armaan Jaffer, nephew of former India test opener Wasim Jaffer, racked up the runs playing for Rizvi Springfield High School against IES Raje Shivaji Vidyalaya in a three-day match in the under-14 Giles Shield tournament. The right-hander struck 77 boundaries to surpass the previous best of 461 set by 15-year-old Ali Zorain Khan earlier this year.
“I am happy I got the record, but I am also upset that I missed the 500 by just two runs,” Armaan told The Telegraph newspaper after his two-day knock. “My coach (Raju Pathak) told me to bat on as long as I wanted and not worry about the declaration. Both my dad and uncle always tell me to keep the ball down on the ground.” The highest individual score in a first-class match was West Indian Brian Lara’s 501 not out playing for English county Warwickshire against Durham in 1994.