Mumbai-based Pranav Dhanawade, 15, son of an auto-rickshaw driver, has made history in the world of cricket by becoming the only player to score over 1000 runs in a single inning.
Dhanawade, who is the opening batsman of Smt KC Gandhi School, Kalyan (Mumbai), was playing against Arya Gurukul School in the U-16 HT Bhandari Trophy Inter-School Cricket Tournament organised by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
He scored 1009 of 323 balls and was unbeaten when his school declared the innings at 1465. His strike-rate was 312.38 and his innings included 129 fours and 59 sixes. He played for a total of 395 minutes.
His father, Prashant Dhanawade, was present at the venue when his son made the epic score. Prashant said:
“It’s obviously a very proud day. It’s a reward for 11 years of his hard work. I want my son to become a great cricketer. He has proved that he has the talent today. Cricket is not an easy sport and expensive too. I spent extra hours driving an autorickshaw in order to afford the cricket gear for my son.”
Pranav’s father wants him to play for the Mumbai Under-16 team. Dhanawade first broke the record for highest individual score in any form of representative cricket when he reached 629 during his knock.
He surpassed the 116-year record of 628 runs made by AEJ Collins for Clark’s House in 1899.
He also went past Prithvi Shaw’s 546, made in 2014 in the Harris Shield tournament, Sarfaraz Khan, 439 in 2009, and Arman Jaffer, 498 in 2010. Mumbai youngsters Sarfaraz and Armaan are part of India’s current Under-19 squad.
Dhanawade’s coach, Mobin Sheikh, said:
“I told him agar Wankhede mein khelna hai toh bada score marna he padega. It’s very tough for any player from the suburbs to make it to the Mumbai Under-16 side. Fifties, 60s or even a hundred or two will not make a big impact. He needed a very big score and now that he has achieved it, hopefully he will carry on from here.”
Impressed the young boy’s talent, Maharashtra government has decided to fund Pranav’s education and coaching expenses.
Maharashtra Govt to bear coaching and education expenses of Mumbai U-16 cricketer Pranav Dhanawade(who made 652 off 199 balls yesterday)
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 5, 2016
The class 10th student, who has been playing cricket since he was five, wants to be like his idol Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
“I have always been a big-hitter. When I started I never thought about breaking the record. The focus was never that. I just played my natural game, which is to attack from the word go.”
Mumbai teenager Pranav Dhanawade has scored 1000 runs off 323 balls with 59 sixes and 127 fours pic.twitter.com/Ht0uzhEKCX
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) January 5, 2016