A 13-year-old Sunil Verma, born in a poor family and sent to a children’s home at the age of six so that he can pursue his cricketing ambitions, has done his family proud. Verma, playing in the local Ajit Naik Memorial Under-14 cricket tournament, who is a fast bowler by trade picked up 8 wickets to propel Karnataka Sporting Association, his regional team, to a win by an innings and 10 runs at Shivaji Park last week.

Karnataka, after electing to bowl first, dismissed the opposition out for 55, as Sunil Verma claimed 3 wickets for just 10 runs. In reply, Karnataka managed to score 98 runs, as a result they took a healthy 43. Verma, then, wrecked havoc picking up 5 wickets in the 2nd innings, as he took his team to a well-deserved innings win.

Though Verma has played in local tournaments earlier, but the Memorial was his first major break as it helped gain him selection in famous Haris Sheild torunament. As a result of this performance he is set to make his Harris Shield debut, where he will be playing for Madhyamik Vidyalaya, Mankhurd, next month, which show a quick rise to fame in the Mumbai cricketing circles.

Verma, taliking about his plight, said: “Till I was six, I didn’t even know what a school looked like. Since my parents used to go out in search of work, I used to pass my time playing with kids in my locality and eating leftovers. It was only at the children’s home that I learnt the importance of education. My mother earns by washing utensils and my father earns by painting walls and roads, and their total earning is Rs 5000, that’s the reason they have put me in children’s home. Its quite an amazing thing that something new keeps happening everyday, new records are made everyday.”