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Pranav Dhanawade, the newest sensation of Cricket World

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Pranav Dhanawade

Pranav Dhanawade, is all over in the news after becoming the first batsman to score 1,000 runs in an innings in an officially recorded match. The 15-year-old school boy, finished his innings on 1,009 not out, with his side, KC Gandhi School, declaring on 1,465 for three.

At the end of day 1 on Monday of the match against Arya Gurukul School, in a tournament recognised by the Mumbai Cricket Association, the teenager was on 921 not out, and reached quadruple figures quickly after play was resumed. In total he hit 59 sixes and 129 fours, with a strike-rate of 312.38.

Dhanawade’s 652 runs in 199 balls on Monday beat the previous record for the highest individual score – the 628 not out recorded by the 13-year-old AEJ Collins in a house match at Clifton College in June 1899.

Dhanawade’s father Prashant who is a rikshaw-driver in Mumbai, rushed to the ground when he heard what was unfolding, telling DNA India afterwards: “He has got cramps. I don’t know what to say but I feel proud that my son has achieved this. Pranav is getting non-stop calls from the media and relatives. He has not even had time to talk to his mother. She is keenly waiting for him to return home.”

He later told the 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.”
He said the target for his son now was a place in the Mumbai Under-16 team, adding: “Cricket equipment costs a lot of money. I have tried to find sponsors for my son but on one occasion I was told that he first needs to make a name for himself.”
Dhanawade’s coach, Mobin Sheikh, told The Indian Express the score would force people to take notice.
“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.”

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