Rwanda cricket captain Eric Dusingizimana has outsmarted the Guinness World Record after spending the World’s longest time batting in the cricket net. He broke the record of an Indian player, Virag Mare, who set the record of batting for 50 hours in the nets. Eric batted for 51 hours in the nets between May 11 to May 13.
He scooped $1 million (approximately Rwf800 million) after batting for an epic 51 hours. Captain Dusingizimana’s journey behind his triumph is a big cause. He wanted to help raise money for the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation (RCSF) – a charity the club has supported in the past seeking to build the first ever International cricket stadium in Rwanda. As he batted, the World Economic Forum on Africa was ongoing in the capital Kigali with over 3,000 delegates.
Dusingizimana’s backing was global. On the start of the longest competition in Cricket history, he was backed by the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who hailed an enthusiastic cricketer for breaking the Guinness record ever made. Jubilant Rwandan fans and Cricket lovers filled up Rwanda’s Amahoro Stadium as history was made at a colourful event attended by Cricket icons and leaders in Rwanda’s capital Kigali. “This is the first Guinness record broken by a Rwandan and indeed the highest compared to others entirely in the World’s cricket history,” said Anold Murenzi, a Cricket fan.
The current record is 50hr 4mins 51 sec, achieved by Virag Mare of India in Pune, Maharashtra, India, from 22 to 24 December last year. To achieve this, he broke the record set by Englishman Alby Shale in the Kia Oval’s own Ken Barrington Cricket Centre in 2013, when he batted for 26 hours, facing deliveries from British Prime Minister David Cameroon amongst many others. Rwanda has been a member of the International Cricket fraternity since 2003. The country’s team is also a member of the African Cricket Association.
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