Mumbai’s 15-year old Pranav Dhanawade became the first ever batsman in the history of the game to score a four digit figure in a single knock. Pranav, a school-boy, is an opening batsman of KC Gandhi High School in Mumbai’s Kalyan area who achieved this landmark while playing against Arya Gurukul School in an inter-school tournament organised by the Mumbai Cricket Association.
Pranav broke the 117 year old record of 628 made by AEJ Collins for Clark’s House in 1899 as the highest individual score in any form of representative cricket. Pranav faced 323 balls and remained unbeaten at 1009, playing for over 395 minutes at the crease. He scored 129 fours and 59 sixes with a strike rate of 312.38.
Pranav’s school team declared at 1465 for 3 which meant they also entered into the records surpassing previous international record of Victoria’s 1107 against New South Wales in 1926.
This remarkable feat has brought a lot of attention and accolades to Pranav and his family. His father, an auto-rickshaw driver in Mumbai, was present when his son entered into the record books. Co-incidentally his father said, he considered Sachin as his idol and now Arjun, Sachin’s son is a good friend of Pranav.
Pranav, a wicket-keeper batsman, has been coached under Mobin Sheikh and aspires to follow in the footsteps of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He had always been a top scorer with 152 being his previous high score. Although Pranav missed out on being included in the uner-14 and under-16 sides, he now aims to break into the Mumbai under-19 team and further, into the state Ranji team.
Mumbai has one again shown that it remains one of the primary breeding grounds for talented cricketers in this country.