Pranav Dhanawade, a 15 year old boy from Mumbai created history when he played a knock of 1009* runs in just 323 balls in a single inning while playing in H.T. Bhandari Cup inter-school cricket tournament organised by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). His knock broke a 116-year old record and his score was a highest individual score in all forms of cricket.
Opening the batting for Smt KC Gandhi School (Kalyan), Pranav scored 1009 not out off just 323 balls against Arya Gurukul school. He wreaked havoc as he smashed 129 fours and 59 sixes at the Union Cricket Club ground during the HT Bhandari Cup inter-school cricket tournament organised by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
Pranav scored 652 on the first day and didn’t show any signs of tiredness, he was going going great guns on the second morning too — but on 921 — when he went into lunch, he started to feel the effect of heat. “He was literally telling me at lunch time that ‘Sir, aab nahi hoga! (I can’t continue now), may be we can declare‘. But I convinced him to get to the magical 1000-mark and then we can declare,”
22 minutes post lunch, Pranav reached that magical four-figure mark and what else, he took to the field ten minutes later after his team declared on 1465/3. Pranav didn’t garner much time for his family after remaining unbeaten on 652 the day before he crossed 1000 runs. Continous media requests for interviews meant that even after reaching home at 8.30 PM, he couldn’t have a word with his mother. It was only before going to sleep that he had a short two-three minute chat with her. Busy man.
“He just told me ‘Mummy, I am going to score 1000 runs tomorrow.’ The confidence with which he said those words doubled our confidence and I just told him, ‘forget whatever happened today, tomorrow you have to start afresh,”
The excitement on Pranav’s 15-year-old school friends – Chinmay Daund and Omkar Sanap’s – faces was palpable as they made their way to the ground. Pranav had asked them whether they would come to watch but they were busy studying for exams and couldn’t make it earlier. However, after he scored 652, they called up Pranav to congratulate him and Pranav told them that he would get to the 1000 mark.