Rwanda captain bats 51 hours straight, creates new Guinness record
Posted on: 14 May 2016 17:41:05
14 May 2016 Current Affairs: Rwandan national captain Eric Dusingizimana, has set a new Guinness world record by batting out a straight 51 hours, the longest individual net session, beating the record set last year by India's Virag Mane, who had batted a straight 50 hours.
Pakistan's Hanif Mohammad, who batted over a period of three days during his epic match saving knock of 337 against West Indies in 1958, is currently the record holder for batting the longest period of time in a cricket match. He had spent a total of 16 hours and 10 minutes at the crease.
Rwandan Cricket Stadium Founation (RCSF) and the proceeds will be utilized to raise money to build an international stadium in Rwanda. He faced throw downs from celebrity guests which included Tony Blair, former Britain Prime Minister, Miss Rwanda and many more.
The batsman's stint began on May 11th and ended on May 13th. In total, he batted five and a half hours longer than the entire Australian team managed during the Ashes series against England in 2015.
The charity, whose patrons include Tony Blair, legendary West Indian batsman, Brian Lara and Test match Special (TMS) commentator, Jonathan Agnew, is no stranger in creating records. RCSF Project Director, Alby Shale, had himself once batted for a straight 26 hours. In 2014, the charity organization created history by playing cricket at Mount Kilimanjaro, at an altitude of 5730m up, the highest ever place where cricket was being played.
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