A benchmark was successfully set by the 15-year-old Pranav Dhanawade on Tuesday where he scored 1009 runs during the Bhandari Cup inter-school cricket match. Helmed by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), the teenager from KC Gandhi High School was played against Arya Gurukul School when he managed to score more than 1000 runs and broke the 116-year-old cricket record. The team scored 1465/3 during the match.
Pranav made an unbeaten score of 652 runs in 199 balls on Monday, and broke the earlier record created by the 13-year-old AEJ Collins in June 1899 for making 628 runs in a house match. During his innings of 1009 runs, Pranav made 129 fours and 59 sixes. It was quite a proud moment for Pranav and his father who drives a rickshaw in Mumbai.
Sharing his excitement, Pranav’s father 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.”
Apart from garnering praises from his coach Mobin Sheikh and his team mates, Twitter was swamped with congratulatory messages for Pranav. Apart from Harbhajan Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and many other politicians and celebrities, Cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar also appreciated Pranav for his achievement in cricket.
Sachin tweeted, “Congrats #PranavDhanawade on being the first ever to score 1000 runs in an innings. Well done and work hard. You need to scale new peaks!”
Harbhajan Singh tweeted, “Well played…no matter what levels cricket it is but numbers are just unbelievable.another @sachin_rt in making?”
Varun Dhawan tweeted, “Congratulation to #PranavDhanawade. What a talent can’t wait to watch him play for india”
Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, “What an amazing inning; Incredible… 323 balls & 1009 not out… Congratulations #PranavDhanawade ! Proud of you! Keep striking”
The government of Maharashtra intends to help Pranav by managing his education and sports expenses so that he becomes a better player. Congratulations, Pranav!