New Delhi: A young cricketer from Latur on Thursday set a new Guinness world record by registering the longest net session.
According to media reports, Virag Mare batted for three days and two nights to break the record for the longest individual net session.
The Pune-based cricketer commenced his net session on December 22, facing 2,447 overs (14,682 balls), in exactly 50 hours, 5 minutes and 51 seconds.
The 24-year-old broke the previous record set by English duo Dave Newman and Richard Wells.
Mare faced deliveries from both a bowler and a bowling machine.
His first session of five hours was followed by a 25-minute break. On Wednesday he took a break every hour or so.
Despite fatigue, Mare continued towards his mission and was spurred on by his father who made the journey from their hometown to watch his son achieve this unique feat.
"I don't have words to express my emotions. The reason why I am able to talk merely 2-3 hours after I broke the record because I love this game. I had worked really hard to fulfill this dream," he told Indian Express.
"We had thought of crossing the 15,000 balls mark. But he was already very tired. It would’ve been wrong to stretch him beyond his limit," said Mare's friend Ramdas Potale.
Mare's love for cricket saw him join Sachin Tendulkar's coach Ramakant Achrekar's academy at the age of 16. But financial difficulties meant he wasn't able to pay the fees, which is why he dropped out of the academy.
Mare then moved to Pune and started a small vada pav stall.
Despite not making it as a professional cricketer, Mare has made sure he has set a cricketing record that will be very hard to break.