Rohit Sharma is known to have natural talent but an unknown fact was that he had faced a talented opponent, that too way back when he played U-14 Cricket. When Sharma managed to win the international ticket but the talented opponent could not. Despite of being ignored by Mumbai team and Indian Premier League (IPL), Neil Narvekar did not give up.
On 23rd of this month, exactly 10 days after his old friend (Rohit) registered his second double hundred in limited overs, Narvekar scored a record 29-ball century while playing for Parkophene Cricketers in a domestic Kanga League match against host team, Khar Gymkhana in the Purshottam Shield (B Division).
Even though it was a domestic match, the record never can be written off. Even it is not recognised by International Cricket Council, Narvekar outclassed both Shahid Afridi (37 balls) and Corey Anderson’s (36 balls) numbers to record the fastest hundred ever in the history of Kanga League.
By this achievement, he not only brought back colour to the 66-year-old domestic cricket league which was once played by Gavaskars and Vengsarkars, but also showed his hunt for the top.
“We (talking about Rohit) played junior cricket together in the U-14 category. We were in rival schools. He was in Swami Vivekanand International School and I was in St Francis D’Assisi,” said Narvekar. His knock comprised 12 sixes and six boundaries. The lad brought up his first 50 off just 11 balls.
“Rohit was always better than lot of us. He deserves where he is. As for me, I was not picked for Mumbai,” said the left-handed batsman. Just like Rohit, Narvekar is also from Borivali.
The 26-year-old lad couldn’t get into IPL with his domestic form in 2013 but this record knock might give a chance in the next season.
“I am not thinking much about IPL. I have to be consistent and score few more hundreds. This was a one-off knock. If I don’t maintain the runs, it is unfair on those players who have been forever steady in the middle. IPL is big, lot of exposure but being a cricketer, being in any team is fun. The level doesn’t matter,” said Narvekar.
Narvekar’s parents had come to witness their son play for the first time and the cricketer wanted to entertain them and did succeed.