English youngster equals Ravi Shastri’s 30 year old domestic record
The former Indian national team coach, Ravi Shastri was the holder of a proud record in domestic cricket till yesterday.
Shastri was the scorer of the fastest domestic double century when he smashed one back in 1985 of just 123 balls. His record, however, is not longer owned by him after an extraordinary feat by a teenage batsman in England.
Glamorgan’s teenager Aneurin Donald equaled the record for the fastest double-century in first-class cricket when he smacked an unforgettable maiden century against Derbyshire at the Colwyn Bay that turned into a record equalizing double century.
When Donald came in, Glamorgan were struggling at 96/3 in the County Championship but Donald was not fazed by the pressure. He can in and started to play freely as he took on the bowlers and showed an aggressive approach that took the momentum away from the bowling side.
The 19-year old who had no idea that he was playing a record-equaling innings scored his debut century with a maximum as he showed that he is comfortable taking on the bowlers.
Donald has got plenty of experience having captained the England U-19 squad in the past and he made sure that the pressure on the opponents is not released as he went on his merry way scoring more and more runs.
He reached his 150 with a six and also equaled the record by scoring another maximum on his 123rd ball at the crease. After he reached his century, Donald took just 40 balls to get the next 100 as he got stuck into the bowlers making their life miserable.
After the game, the 19-year old spoke to the media and revealed that he was only trying to get as many runs as possible and that he never had an idea about the record he just equaled.
“I was pleased because it has put the team in a strong position, and after a lean patch recently, I am delighted to get a big one,” he said.
“I had no idea of the records that went, but it was especially pleasing to equal Ravi Shastri’s previous record, as he is a former Glamorgan player.”
He also revealed that reaching landmarks with a six is something he wanted to do.
Asked about reaching three landmarks with sixes, he admitted, “yes, it was in the mind”
Glamorgan ended the day with a commanding total of 491-8 while Donald lost his wicket trying to clear long-on for 235 of 136 deliveries.
This is a record that stood for almost 30 years and Donald will be hoping that this fame can help him get a chance at the highest level of the sport.
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