15-year-old Pranav Dhanawade, son of an auto-rickshaw driver in Kalyan, Maharashtra, has created cricketing history. With an unbeaten knock of 1009 runs, he has become the first batsman ever to notch up a four-figure score in any form of cricket. Pranav now holds the record for the highest individual score in any form of cricket, bettering AEJ Collins’ 628 not out for Clark’s House against North Town in 1899 in the UK, states Hindustan Times.
Playing for KC Gandhi Higher Secondary School, he reached the gigantic score in just 323 deliveries with a jaw-dropping strike rate of 312.38 in the game against Arya Gurukul in the Bhandari Cup inter-school tournament organised by the Mumbai Cricket Association. The epic knock ended when his school declared at 1465 for the loss of three wickets, also a world record. His school went past Victoria’s 1107 against New South Wales made in 1926.
The Wayle Nagar ground was decked up and humming with unusual visitors. Even before the players came on the field, Kalyan MLA Narendra Pawar arrived with a bouquet and a posse of cops. A few local school boys, joyfully immersed in their own tennis-ball cricket, were shooed away by the grounds men aware that they were partaking in a slice of cricket history. Everyone held their breaths for the overnight star. Could he make it to a 1000 runs? A thousand runs scored by a team seems staggering enough, how would they make sense of it if an individual got that far?
Pranav kept cool and showed great self-confidence. His nervous father revealed that he often worked overtime to provide Pranav two square meals and cricketing gear. Inspired by Prithvi Shaw’s Harris Shield feat, Pranav had vowed to his father that he would get to a score that would be near-impossible to surpass. His unbeaten knock of 1009, an innings laced with 129 fours and 59 sixes off 327 deliveries has forever put Kalyan on the cricketing map, reports The Times Of India.