A 14-year-old grabbed the headlines with a jaw-dropping batting performance in the A.H. Kardar cup in Islamabad on Thursday by scoring 226 runs off 121 balls.
Kamran Riaz, the teenaged sensation, made his innings representing Islamabad College of Arts in the AH Kardar cup, an inter-school tournament aimed at unearthing talent at the grass-roots level. Cricingif spoke to Kamran about his outstanding display in the field. “I told myself that I have to play positive cricket and win the match for my team,” the ninth grader, who is fond of mathematics, said.
A night before his awe-inspiring performance, Kamran made his father, Mohammad Riaz, aware about his intentions to score a century. He scored a double-century though, on the back of 40 boundaries – all fours. “He batted sensibly and played ground strokes,” a proud Riaz told Cricingif from Islamabad as his son removed two batsmen in his first over with his leg-spin. Kamran eventually picked up three wickets in the 35-over match.
The youngster's cricketing intelligence was apparent when he explained why he hit ground strokes rather than lofting the ball. “There are less chances of getting out when you go for the ground shots. It is the safest option. You don’t get out and the scoreboard keeps ticking.”
Kamran Riaz - PCB
Born in Haripur, Kamran moved to Islamabad in 2003. He idolises Sachin Tendulkar and dreams of representing Pakistan in the field of cricket one day. When asked about his aspirations, Kamran, instantly replied: “I want to be a cricketer.”