Tondulkar and Yash Gandhi: Bright Batting stars on Horizon

Looks like the Indian cricket is in for another round of fresh talent in batting after Tendulkar and Dravid go away! With Dhoni already whipping it up and Sehwag going strong… influx of these kids in the next 5 years could create an unbeatable Team India!

When Rahul Tondulkar (IES VN Sule Guruji School) surpassed Vinod Kambli’s unbeaten 349, the city was just as surprised as happy.

Kambli’s triple (for Shardashram HS) was the highest individual score in the Harris Shield after the city’s inter-school tournament became ‘time-based’. Earlier the event was played on a ‘play to finish’ format (teams play on till there is a result).

It took close to two decades for someone like Tondulkar to break it.
And as he was gearing up to represent the Mumbai under-17 side against Assam in Kolkata yesterday, little did he know that his record would barely last a week.

Just seven days after Tondulkar’s achievement, Yash Gandhi (Don Bosco, Matunga) went ton to score an unbeaten 365 against St Sebastian (Marine Lines) at Azad Maidan in the Plate Division semi-finals.

Gandhi’s colossal knock came with the help of 40 boundaries after the opponents were dismissed for 198.
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Here is another article on Tondulkar

A day after scoring a record 357 in the Harris Shield, Rahul Tondulkar finds his place in a Mumbai team. The IES VN Sule’s School (Dadar) student has been selected for the Mumbai under-17 team for the Vijay Merchant All-India Knock-Out cricket tournament.

Mumbai take on Andhra in Kolkata from January 5 in this three-day encounter.

Rahul’s unbeaten knock on Wednesday was not a flash in the pan. He has been one of the most consistent players at the school level.

“This year, he has been very consistent. His record breaking innings has made things easy for us (selectors) to pick him,” said Praveen Amre, chairman of the national junior selection committee.

“We have been having problems with our openers. Rahul fits into our scheme of things. I have seen him play the game, but it is too early for anybody to judge as he is young and could change,” stated Amre, who is also on the Mumbai selection panel. For Rahul, the last three days have been very hectic. His 450-minute marathon earned his team a win on Thursday against St Francis High School, Borivali, but the larger goal of entering the semifinals is not achieved. For the youngster, that is more important than the milestone.

“I’m thankful to my coach. He has been a guiding force,” said Rahul, reacting to his selection to the Mumbai team. The Sachin Tendulkar fan, hopes to emulate his idol.

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