Pranav Dhanawade, a 15-year-old school cricket from Mumbai, scored not out 1009 runs off 327 deliveries for his school Smt KC Gandhi School in a two-day game – part of the under 16 HT Bhandari Inter-school tournament. Smt KC Gandhi School, Kalyan declared on huge score 1456 for 3 and then wrapped up very weak opponent Arya Gurukul for 31 and 52 in first and second inning respectively, winning the match by an inning and 1382 runs.
Dhanawade during his long and mammoth inning broke the 117 year old record set by Arthur Collins in 1899. He also broke the record for the highest individual score by an Indian cricket in minor cricket, previously held by Prithvi Shaw, who scored 546 in the Haris Shield match in 2013-14.
In an overwhelmingly one-sided game Arya Gurukul batted first making only 31 in their first inning. Dhanawade came in as an opener for Smt KC Gandhi School scored not out 652 at the end of the first day. Dhanawade said that once he had crossed 500, he was confident of breaking both Shaw’s and Collins’s record.
In an interview with ESPNCricinfo he said, “I couldn’t believe it last evening that I had scored 652 runs. When I went home, I took a bath and slept. But today I set myself a target of 1000 runs.
Dhanawade raced to 921 by lunch on second day and achieved the 1000-run mark in the second session. He batted for 7 long hours and hit 129 fours and 59 sixes.
He might have helped a bit by the size of the ground in the northern suburb of Mumbai. The ground was 110 metres in width and 135 metres long but the straight boundaries had been pulled in. Dhanawade particularly targeted the leg side shorter square boundaries. However his school coach, Harish Sharma gave the student full credit saying, he didn’t think the size of ground mattered much as Dhanawade scored all over the ground.
Dhanawade’s inning was praised by many including the officiated umpire Sunimal Sen, saying he was impressed by batsman’s temperament and fitness. The inning got plenty of attention on social media and was even mentioned by television commentators in the Test between South Africa and England. Dhanawade also received praise from Sachin Tendulkar, Ajinkya Rahane and India’s limited-overs captain MS Dhoni.
The Mumbai Cricket Association on Wednesday announced a monthly scholarship of Rs. 10,000 for Pranav Dhanawade. The scholarship will be paid from 2016 to 2021 for tenure of five years. Mumbai Cricket Association will monitor Dhanawade’s educational and cricket activities.