Mumbai, Jan 5: Pranav Dhanawade batted his way into the record books as he shattered a 116-year-old mark by smashing an unbeaten 652 off 199 balls in an Under-16 school cricket tournament on Monday (January 4).
The 15-year-old Pranav recorded the highest individual score in competitive cricket. The previous mark was 628 not out by AEJ Collins in 1899. (Sachin's advice to Pranav)
Playing for KC Gandhi English School, Kalyan, opener Pranav blasted 72 fours and 28 sixes on way to a record score of 652 not out off 199 deliveries.
This remarkable feat was achieved against Arya Gurukul School in HT Bhandary Trophy (Elite Group) inter-school match. The tournament is being organised by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
Thanks to Pranav's historic innings, his team amassed a mammoth 956/1 in a single day. Pranav, a Class 10 student, scored the runs in front of his father, who is an auto rickshaw driver. Pranav will look to add more runs when he resumes his innings on Day 2 (Tuesday, January 5).
Pranav's dad Prashant arrived at the ground once his son had crossed 300. "A father of one of his friends called me and asked, 'you are not at the ground?'. So I immediately rushed to the venue. It's obviously a very proud day. It's a reward for 11 years of his hard work," Prashant told "The Times of India".
Prashant said there were no proper cricket facilities in Kalyan area and he had to take his son to Bandra. "There's a lot of talent in our area but we lack proper facilities for children to play and get trained. For this reason, when Pranav turned nine, I enrolled him for coaching at MIG in Bandra.
"I would drive my rickshaw in the morning and then we'd leave for MIG (ground) in the afternoon and return at night. I stopped accompanying him towards the end of 2014 as he had learnt how to travel on his own by then. Since then he has been going with a group of other boys," the proud father said.
A shy Pranav told "The Times of India" that he "was very happy" with the record and only thought of breaking it when he moved past the 400-run mark.
Highest indv score in any class of cricket652* Pranav Dhanawade KC Gandhi School v Arya Gurukul today628* AEJ Collins Clark's House in1899— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 4, 2016
Pranav Dhanawade's record score of 652* came in 199 balls, 78 fours, 30 sixes. And his school made 956/1 in a day.— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 4, 2016