Sunday, February 25, 2018

Believe it or not

U-15 skipper slams quadruple century



Mark Fraser

His coach called it “remarkable” as Kirstan Kallicharan made 404 not out, all yesterday.

Kallicharan, Trinidad and Tobago Under-15 skipper, continued his prolific run of form this season with that quadruple century for his school Vishnu Boys Hindu College in a PowerGen Secondary Schools Cricket League Under-14 playoff quarter-final against Valencia High School at Esmeralda Recreation Ground in Cunupia, yesterday.

Kallicharan, batting at number three, hit 44 fours and 31 sixes—a total of 362 runs in boundaries--bringing up his century off just 35 balls before going on to score a quadruple hundred as he led Vishnu to a massive 548 for one off 35 overs. Valencia were dismissed for 89, Vishnu going on to win by 459 runs.

It is not the first time the T&T youth player has gotten big scores this season. In the BG T&T Under-15 two-day competition, the right-hander scored back to back centuries for East Zone against North East at Honeymoon Park in El Dorado.

According to Vishnu Boys coach Tarandath Sammy, the 14-year-old also scored a double hundred earlier this season, hitting 215 in an Under-16 game for his school.

His appetite for big runs was evident last year when he slammed 194 in the Under-14 competition.

And no matter how astonishing the innings may seem, it was just another day on the field for Kallicharan who said he never had 400 on his mind.

“At the beginning I was just batting normal, just aiming to make a hundred but when I got to my century I realised I could score more and more and I just continued to bat,” he told the Express yesterday.

“I am not over-reacting about it. I am just felling happy I reached there. I am staying focused,” Kallicharan added.

Meanwhile his coach Sammy was not surprised by Kallicharan’s prolific scores.

Sammy who is also Kallicharan’s coach in the East Zone Under-15 squad said, “he had dominated the Under-13 level and the Under-15 level last year. It is remarkable but we are not reading too much into it.”

“Before the game, we were discussing the batting order and I asked him if he wanted to open the batting, but he said he wanted to give the other boys a chance,” Sammy added.

The Vishnu coach said the teenager played shots all around the ground — the home ground of Esmeralda Sports who also play in the country’s top club cricket competition, the Shanghai Construction Group (SCG) Premier Division.

Kallicharan also played a part with the ball in yesterday’s game, snatching two wickets for zero runs in one over while Rickash Boodram also grabbed two for zero off 0.3 overs.

Summarised scores

Vishnu Boys 548-1 (35 overs) (Kirstan Kallicharan 404 n.o., Rickash Boodram 37 n.o., Sachin Dookie 22; Stefon Gould 1/66) vs Valencia 89 (24 overs) (Kirstan Kallicharan 2/0, Rickash Boodram 2/0, Ceejay Harrypersad 3/11)

—Vishnu won by 459 runs