Day of the Jaffers: Uncle hits record ton, nephew 290

Wasim Jaffer

"It's a shot which most batsmen find hard to play because it requires a combination of balance and timing. Most can flick the ball off the front foot but Arman's shot through midwicket is a shot that only few can play, and it's a shot characteristic of Wasim," says Mumbai manager Arman Malik. And while Malik adds that the shot was also played by Vinod Kambli in his pomp, Kalim indulgently calls it 'the trademark shot of the Jaffers'. On Sunday Arman made the shot look effortless, but it wasn't really the case. "That shot needs lots of practice, so I made Arman practise it non-stop for nearly 40 days. While playing that shot, you need to get your body position right and the bat should turn at the right time. You need to practise it so hard that you can play it perfectly even in your dreams," he says.

Perhaps determined to ensure he won't be seen as a carbon copy of his uncle, Arman played a shot Wasim wouldn't even think of playing to move to 247. Looking to get to 300 before his team declared their innings, he reverse swept for four. It was the first time anyone in his team had seen or even thought him capable of playing the shot. But like every other ball he faced, the connection was perfect.

(With inputs from Devendra Pandey)

Brief scores: Mumbai U-16 701/7 (A Jaffer 290, K Dafedar 208, S Mathur 4/222) vs Delhi 112/5 (H Singh 67, A Shaikh 2/47)

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