Debut as captain, no role in playing XI; but a dream realised

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Born in Australia and have a love for cricket – there is nothing precious than the Baggy Green cap. For a cricketer there can be no bigger dream than leading the national team.

The seven-year-old Archie Schiller realised his dream and acquired his ultimate possession for the lifetime at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the first morning of the Boxing Day Test. Shaking hands with Virat Kohli at the toss will be a cherished memory for ever.

The boy with a severe heart condition that has forced him undergo multiple surgeries at a mere seven years of age is the co-captain of the Australian cricket team, thanks to the Make-A-Dream foundation and Cricket Australia.

As the home team management announced the line-up for the Melbourne Test, Archie was in the list but not in the XI.

The boy, compelled to spend time between hospitals and cardiologists clinics, has had the moments of his life this Christmas week as a member of the Australian cricket team. He has been at the nets, in the dressing room and out there for the toss – dressed up in the Cricket Australia colours.

He accompanied Tim Paine to the coin toss with a baggy green on the head. At the toss the c0-captained had an innocent message for his teammates “Hit sixes and get wickets”. The celebrity fan further put to the fore his basic knowledge about the sport. “Archie wanted to bat first,” revealed Paine.

Archie was out in the middle with the team as the National Anthems were played. He will be in the home team dressing room, also creating a proverbial history as the “non-playing” captain.

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