13 June, 2021

1,121 And Still Bats To Come

1,121 And Still Bats To Come
This will warm the cockles of any Indian cricket fan. Playing in the Harris Shield inter-school cricket tournament, a Mumbai team has broken one of cricket’s oldest records—the highest-ever total in all forms of cricket. Anjuman-I-Islam Allana High School notched up a total of—hold your breath—1,121 for 6 declared. This broke the existing record of 1,107 runs notched up by Victoria against New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield in 1926-27. The mammoth total was registered in a match played between Dec 7-9 against St John Baptist High School, Thane, at Mumbai’s famed Cross Maidan. The actual total was 989 for 6 declared. But Anjuman gained 132 bonus runs as their opponents bowled 11 overs short. The hapless boys from Thane were later skittled out for 46 and 145 in their two innings, losing by an innings and 930 runs—also a world record.

"We were not playing for records," Anjuman’s coach Naushad Khan later clarified. "We had to improve our run rate to make it to the semifinals....

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