Pranav Dhanawade accomplished a massive feat by any standard. The 15-year-old son of an autorickshaw driver in Mumbai hit an unbeaten 1009 for KC Gandhi School against Arya Gurukul School off just 327 balls in six-and-half-hours (129 boundaries and 59 sixes). Whatever be the opponent, the cricket pitch or standard of umpiring-there can’t be any denying that the teenager’s superhuman record was not an easy one and might stay for ages (the next highest score is a distant 628, scored by an English teenager AEJ Collins 117 years ago).
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Visibly exhausted, the 15-year-old boy slumped in a chair at a little-known cricket ground in Kalyan, a Mumbai suburb, on Monday afternoon.
Pranav Dhanawade, son of an auto-rickshaw driver, had just scored more than 1,000 runs in a single innings to set a new world record in school cricket.
An army of reporters had descended to find out more about the young cricketer, who The Guardian called “the first cricketer to navigate the nervous 990s”.
The teenager was crisp and brief while facing the excited media after his enervating innings.
“I wanted to score big runs. I remember my coach telling me that no one will take me in the Mumbai team if I score these hundreds and two-hundreds,” he told The Indian Express newspaper.
Dhanawade’s life has changed overnight after he smashed a mind-boggling 1,009 not out for his Smt KC Gandhi School in an inter-school game for the HT Bhandari Cup, an under-16 tournament.
1009: Runs scored
327: Balls faced
308.56: Strike rate
396: Minutes played
An aggressive batsman by nature, he made merry at the crease for over six and a half hours. He faced 327 deliveries, hit 129 fours and 59 sixes, and ended up with an awe-inspiring strike rate of 308.56.
It surely helped that the opposition Arya Gurukul School weren’t fielding their first team for this two-day game.
Their senior players were away preparing for an exam. Some of their bowlers were as young as 11. They batted first and were shot out for an inglorious 31 runs in 20 overs.
‘Playing on and on’
Dhanawade opened the batting for Smt KC Gandhi. At lunch, he had scored 45 runs. By the end of Monday he was unbeaten at 652 runs. The ground was small and the boundaries came fast and furious.
“When I go to bat, I only keep in mind that I had to play a big innings and after playing on and on I scored 100 runs, 200, 300, 400 runs,” he told the BBC.
The family’s phones kept ringing on Monday night. Friends and relatives were delirious: Dhanawade had already broken Arthur Collins’ 1899 record of 628 not out, and the Indian school cricket record of 546 runs by Prithvi Shaw.
Tuesday brought with it an avalanche of expectations.
Dhanawade’s voracious appetite for runs had not waned: by lunch, he had scored an astounding 921 runs. Spectators and reporters had begun invading the ground during the breaks in play. A few well-wishers cordoned him as he scampered to the dressing room at tea break.
After lunch, he crossed 1,000 runs. KC Gandhi declared with their score on 1,465 of three, and Dhanawade had scored nearly 70% of his team’s total. He had his share of luck – a few catches dropped and a couple of stumpings missed by the opponents. Ref – BBC
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