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Indian schoolboy smashes record with innings of 498

A 13-year-old has smashed the record for the highest individual score by an Indian schoolboy with a marathon innings of 498.

MUMBAI // A 13-year-old has smashed the record for the highest individual score by an Indian schoolboy with a marathon innings of 498.

Armaan Jaffer, the nephew of former India Test opener Wasim Jaffer, racked up the runs playing for Rizvi Springfield High School against IES Raje Shivaji Vidyalaya in a three-day match in the Under 14 Giles Shield tournament.

The right-hander struck 77 boundaries to surpass the previous best of 461 set by 15-year-old Ali Zorain Khan earlier this year.

"I am happy I got the record, but I am also upset that I missed the 500 by just two runs," Armaan told The Telegraph newspaper after his two-day knock.

"My coach (Raju Pathak) told me to bat on as long as I wanted and not worry about the declaration. Both my dad and uncle always tell me to keep the ball down on the ground."

The highest individual score in a first-class match was the West Indian Brian Lara's 501 not out playing for English county Warwickshire against Durham in 1994.