The name of Kristan Kallicharan could be a name that we should all look out for in
future years as the 14-year-old Trinidad and Tobago under-15 captain blasted an
unbeaten 404 runs for his school side in a monumental innings.
Vishnu Boys Hindu College in Trinidad posted a mammoth 548-1 off just 35 overs thanks
to Kallicharan's heroics as they crushed school rivals Valencia High School by 459 runs, having dismissed their opponents for just 89.
During his innings Kallicharan blasted a total of 44 fours and 31 sixes, 362 in boundaries,
and compiled his first hundred runs in just 35 balls. He averaged more than 10 runs per over on his own. Impressive statistics at any level.
Prior to this game Kallicharan had already hit a double century earlier in the season.
Clearly the star of his school, and indeed Trinidad, Kallicharan looks to be one for the future and the West Indies will hope that he can be nurtured to become a World star just like fellow Trinidadian Brian Lara did.
Lara, considered to be a one-off in the game, broke many records during his career. Aged 14, he amassed 745 runs in the schoolboys' league, with an average of 126.16 per innings, which earned him selection for the Trinidad national under-16 team. When he was 15 years old, he played in his first West Indian under-19 youth tournament and that same year, Lara represented West Indies in Under-19 cricket.
Lara continued his record breaking career as a senior. In 2004 he scored an unbeaten
400 against England to recapture the highest Test individual record score which he held previously when scoring 375 against England in 1994. Matthew Hayden briefly overtook Lara when he scored 380 in 2003. He also holds the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket when he scored an unbeaten 501 for Warwickshire against Durham in 1994.
In 131 Test matches Lara scored nearly 12,000 runs at an average in excess of 52,
hitting 34 centuries and 48 fifties.
Maybe it is too early for the West Indies to lump their future hopes on Kallicharan but if he continues to perform like he has then he could certainly be a player that we all see a lot more of. The signs are definitely good.
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