Pranav Dhanawade, a 15 year old Mumbai school boy created created history in cricket with 1009* runs in one innings. Becoming the first ever batsman to reach a four figure milestone, Pranav Dhanawade has broken a 116 years old world record created by A.E.J Collins who scored 628* in an inter school cricket match.
The 15 year old boy is the son of a Mumbai rickshaw driver, and was batting for his team KC Gandhi School at HT Bhandari Cup inter school cricket tournament. He reached this flabbergasting knock after 129 fours and 59 sixes, which means he scored 870 runs hitting the boundaries.
Dhanawade’s father Prashant told Hindustan Times: “I was nervous throughout but was just happy to see my son batting. There’s a lot of talent in our area but we lack proper facilities for children to play and get trained. For this reason, when Pranav turned nine, I enrolled him for coaching at MIG in Bandra. I would drive my rickshaw in the morning and then we’d leave for MIG in the afternoon and return at night.”
In player’s support, Dhanawade’s coach Mobin Sheikh told The Indian Express that amazing innings would grab the required attention.
“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.”
Indeed, Pranav’s game did seize people’s mind and the whole cricket community also the whole nation is praising the boy. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Ajinkya Rahane paid their tribute to Dhanawade on various platforms.
On the eve of India’s departure to Australia for five ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals, Dhoni said, “It’s not a joke to score so many runs. It’s serious business in any conditions and ground keeping in mind the age. It’s tremendous, it is important to improve. He must be a very special kid. I would have gotten bored. He’s calculating his batting. It is something that is very rare.”
Ajinkya Rahane called Dhanawade’s knock massive “It’s a massive feat to do this. He has started well. 1009 runs takes long to say it but to achieve an individual score like this is a big achievement. I hope he plays with us someday. He should just focus on doing well.”
To protect the interest of Dhanawade Maharashtra government has announced to look after the education and coaching expenses of talented schoolboy.
Source: Twitter, Hindustan Times, PTI