Yash Chawde sends record books tumbling with unbeaten 508 in Under-14 tournament
He remained unbeaten at 508, stitching a mammoth 714-run stand for the first wicket in 40 overs, a record in itself, along with Tilak Wakode.
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13-year-old Yash Chawde has etched his name into the record books after smashing an unbeaten 508 runs for Saraswati Vidyalaya during the Mumbai Indians’ Junior Inter-School (Under-14) cricket tournament. His sensational innings against the Siddheshwar Vidyalaya at the Jhulelal Institute of Technology ground in Nagpur made him only the tenth player to reach the 500-run mark across all formats and age groups.
Chawde, who opened the batting for his side, showed no mercy towards the opposition bowlers, smashing 81 boundaries and 18 maximums during his 178-ball stay at the crease. He remained unbeaten at 508, stitching a mammoth 714-run stand for the first wicket in 40 overs, a record in itself, along with the fellow opener Tilak Wakode.
The 13-year-old cricketer, who was revelling in the skating rink, and doing exceptionally well in the state and national tournaments, switched to cricket three years ago after an uncertain future in skating. He becomes only the second cricketer to score 500+ runs in the limited overs format, with Sri Lanka's Chirath Selleperuma being the only other cricketer to get to the magical landmark in the shorter format of the game.
He is a lambey race ka ghoda: Ravi Kulkarni
Saraswati Vidyalaya's supervisor Ravi Kulkakrani cited the example of Faiz Faizal, a notable first-class cricketer, who also played for Saraswati Vidyalaya, stating that Chawde possesses the talent to emulate Faizal at the top level. He revealed that the youngster is an incredibly disciplined cricketer, and loves to bide his time at the crease. He will be one of the players to watch out for in the future.
"Faiz went on to play for India and is one of the leading batters in First Class cricket. Yash has it in him to replicate what Faiz has achieved. He is disciplined and has good cricketing acumen. When he stands on the field, his body language makes him stand out. When he bats, it looks like he is 'lambey race ka ghoda'," said Ravi Kulkarni to TOI.