Come December 26th the match against Australia and India has a fresh surprise! During the Boxing Day Test Match, Australia will get ready to introduce their youngest player, ever. Just 7 years old, Archie Schiller is all set to be the 15th player and a leg-spinner on the test team. This was made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an institution dedicated to fulfilling wishes of children between the ages of 3 and 18 years old, who are fighting life-threatening illnesses. Diagnosed with a congenital heart disorder, the child had already undergone several surgeries, and as a result, couldn’t really dedicate time to play regularly. He even missed school a lot. But there was one thing he was always passionate about – Cricket. Ever since he once told his father about his desire to captain the Indian Cricket team, the Schiller Foundation worked relentlessly to fulfill the little boy’s aspirations.
Earlier this month, a public announcement was made where Schiller was initiated into an extended Test squad. It was when Australian team was in UAE, facing Pakistan that Schiller was informed about his inclusion. The little skipper will also be the co-captain alongside Paine in the MCG Test
The child was absolutely delighted to receive a phone call from Justin Langer, the Australian Head Coach. Having trained along with the Australian cricket team, at the Adelaide Oval, Schiller is now ready to face Virat Kohli and co., at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australia. Obviously, Tim Paine, along with the rest of the Australian and Indian team as well, are excited about having this young player among them.
It also goes to show that cricket is all about the game and the human touch.