Virag Mare, a city-based cricketer who is attempting to break the Guinness record of longest individual net session by exceeding the 48-hour mark, seem poised to emerge successful in his endeavour.
By Wednesday evening, Mare had completed 33 hours, playing more than 1,502 overs. At this rate, he would complete the record at 9.45 am on Thursday. If he achieves it, Mare would go past Dave Newman and Richard Wells of UK who had set the 48-hour record last year, between January 30 and February 1.
Batting at Mahalaxmi Lawns near Rajaram Bridge on Sinhagad Road, Mare began 9.30 am on December 22. During the first 15 hours, he took break after every five hours, resting for 25 minutes. However, as the day passed, fatigue set in, forcing him to take frequent breaks.
At the venue, Mare’s record is being videographed by two cameras. “We’re sending the content to Guinness after every hour. The status on their website is, ‘Evidence Pending’. However, after they receive the footage on Thursday, they would start cross-checking and would ascertain the record in a few days,” said Ramdas Potale, Mare’s friend.
At the venue, a team of physicians and doctors is aiding Mare during the interval. “We’re giving him fruits and juices to revitalize. The physicians are massaging him during the breaks and making sure that he gets more rest in a limited time span. On a couple of occasions, he looked a bit tired. However, as the crowd cheered for him, he got back on his feet. We’re confident that he can complete this record. In fact, he wants to cross 50-hour mark to get a substantial lead over Newman and Wells. But he’ll take that call on Thursday, depending on his physical strength.