Hyderabad:In November last year, two boys from Hyderabad broke the 18-year-old record set by Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli for the highest partnership.
Being openers, leading from the front comes naturally to Shaibaaz Tumbi and Manoj Kumar. The dynamic duo have now been appointed as captains of the two Hyderabad under-15 teams.
"I was doing captaincy for my school. So I know how to set the field, how to get the batsmen out,'' said Shaibaaz Tumbi, Captain, Hyderabad Under-15 'A' team.
Both boys have been in rocking form. Shaibaaz has scored over 1100 runs in 20 matches this year while Manoj made over 750 runs in the same number of outings.
"They seem like they have got the mind where they can become captains. Lot of hard work they put in. They are willing to work the whole day,'' said Vidyut Jaisimha, Coach, Hyderabad Under-15 team.
And it comes as no surprise who their inspiration as captain is.
"Inspiration for a good captain is our hero, M S Dhoni because he thinks with his mind,'' said Manoj Kumar, Captain, Hyderabad Under-15 'B' team.
Shaibaaz's team will travel to Thiruvananthapuram next week to play in the Polly Umrigar championship, while Manoj will lead his side in a tournament in Bangalore.
Hyderabad cricket was rocked by the exit of nine Ranji players to the Indian Cricket League this August. This is Hyderabad cricket's way of preparing its leaders of tomorrow and the building of a brand new very young team.