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6-year old debuts in inter-school cricket tourney


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MUMBAI: After elder brother Sarfaraz Khan hogged limelight about two years ago by surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s score of 326 not out in the Harris Shield tournament at the age of 12, it was the turn of his younger brother Musheer Khan to get his share of attention on Tuesday.

Aged six years and nine months, Musheer, a left-arm spinner who is studying in Anjuman-i-Islam Allana English school, made his debut on Tuesday in the inter-school Giles Shield U-14 cricket tournament, which made him possibly the youngest player to play the 114-year-old tournament.

Though it was not a great start for Musheer as he could score only three runs in 28 balls while opening the batting, and while bowling, he ended with a figure of 5-1-12-0.

Musheer, however, can take heart from the fact that he could have got a couple of wickets, had the two catches were not dropped at slip and silly-point of his bowling.

“I was not ready to play but the bowler was already in his stride. I thought it was an away going delivery so I tried to ‘well-left’ it but it came in instead. I tried to defend it but played on,” said the standard two student.

The right-handed batsman, who is pursuing the game because “he wants to be famous”, idolises New Zealand spin great Daniel Vettori.

Talking to reporters, his father Naushad Khan who has coached Mumbai players like Iqbal Abdullah, Kamraan Khan and India U-19 player Sufiyan Sheikh, said he had high hopes from his younger son. “I have lot of hopes from him as he is good in both bowling and batting. The school has trusted him, I’m grateful to them,” said Naushad. (PTI)


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