Arman Jaffer, a 15-year-old school cricketer has been nothing short of awesome in his school cricket career till date. He once again hogged the limelight with his magnificent 473 runs representing Rizvi Springfield against IES VN Sule Guruji (Dadar) in the Harris Shield semi-finals at Matunga Gymkhana in Mumbai. Arman Jaffer is the new kid on the block, which only augers well for Indian cricket.
His score of 473 runs is also the highest individual score for the tournament, as it as for the first time that a player has crossed the 450 mark. In order to score these runs, he was present at the crease for an incredible 437 minutes, which is not child's play. This goes on to establish that the player has plenty of patience and temperament, which is very important characteristic of a good cricketer. The last record stood at 439 runs, scored by Sarfaraz Khan in 2009-10 season.
Scoring these runs (473) may be a herculean task, but what makes it even more special is the way in which he achieved it at the Matunga Gymkhana. He played an aggressive brand of cricket, which can be justified by the number of fours and sixes that he hit, which stood at 65 and 16 respectively. He scored these runs in just 369 balls - more than run a ball.
Breaking records is not something new for the nephew of an Indian cricketer, Wasim Jaffer. In 2010, he scored 498 runs in Giles Shield tournament at Cross Maidan, Mumbai. This innings established him as the record holder for the highest individual score in Indian school cricket. So his innings of 473 in no flash in the pan. The player seems to have a Bradman-like hunger for runs - scoring hundreds not only consistently, but coming up with big hundreds and breaking records.
It is an incredible achievement by a cricketer at such an early age. Not many would be able to replicate this kind of success. But such prodigies need to be nurtured properly and groomed into the respective state and the national teams with utmost care. There is no doubt about the quality of the player, but it has to be handled carefully. Media also plays an important role here by not adding unnecessary pressure on the player.