On Tuesday, Pranav Dhanawade accomplished a massive feat by any standard. The 15-year-old son of an autorickshaw driver in Mumbai hit an unbeaten 1009 for KC Gandhi School against Arya Gurukul School off
just 327 balls in six-and-half-hours (129 boundaries and 59 sixes).
Whatever be the opponent, the cricket pitch or standard of umpiring-there can't be any denying that the teenager's superhuman record was not an easy one and might stay for ages (the next highest score is a distant 628, scored by an English teenager AEJ Collins 117 years ago).
Now, this boy, apart from emerging as the latest sensation in Indian cricket, could also become a poster boy for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's much talked-about odd-even vehicle No. scheme in the National Capital to curb pollution. After learning about the boy scoring 1009 runs off 327 balls on the 5th of the month (129 boundaries and 59 sixes), is it likely that Kejriwal could invite him to become an ambassador for his scheme?
Given the Delhi CM's 'out-of-the-box' thinking in administrative politics, it is not impossible. For Pranav will not only be a big media draw but his perfect alignment of the numbers can also present a perfect example for Kejriwal to present before the people of Delhi. If one wants, one can always be calculative yet
successful, isn't it?
The world still remembers Mark Taylor's calculated declaration
One remembers former Australian captain Mark Taylor in this connection. The left-handed had declared after reaching the personal score of 334 not out against Pakistan in Peshawar in 1998 for he did
not want to place himself ahead of the iconic Sir Donald Bradman (whose highest score is also 334 scored in 1930).
For cynics, it was a shrewd act for they felt it would serve some unsporting purpose in other quarters besides winning Taylor public accolades, but that didn't reduce the batsman's stature by any
means. It was the perfect timing in his declaration that made him a hero, even in his post-playing days.
Pranav Dhanawade could also be a similar hero in Delhi for his perfect 'odd' timing. He just requires a push from Kejriwal.