Pranav Dhanawade creates record, scores unbeaten 1009 runs in single innings

Mumbai school cricketer Pranav Dhanawade becomes the first player to score 1000 runs in a single innings.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: January 6, 2016 1:57 pm
Pranav Dhanawade's school declared the innings at 1465 with him unbeaten on 1009 which he scored of 323 balls. Pranav Dhanawade’s school declared the innings at 1465 with him unbeaten on 1009 which he scored of 323 balls.

Mumbai school cricketer Pranav Dhanawade became the first player to score 1000 runs in a single innings.

Batting for Smt KC Gandhi School, Kalyan, the opening batsman resumed the day from his overnight score of 652 runs and crossed the 1000-run mark after Lunch.

His school declared the innings at 1465/3 with Parnav unbeaten at 1009 which he scored off 323 balls and at a strike-rate of 312.38. He played for a total of 395 minutes.

He achieved this feat against Arya Gurukul School in the HT Bhandari Cup inter-school tournament organised by the Mumbai Cricket Association.

Pranav’s innings included a total of 59 sixes and 129 fours. All the figures are a world record in competitive cricket.

After Pranav’s feat on Monday, Maharashtra government announced that it will bear coaching and education expenses of the Mumbai U-16 cricketer.

The 15-year-old’s father Prashant is an autorickshaw driver and says his dream will come true comes true if his son plays for the Mumbai Under-16 team.

He bettered the best-ever individual score made on a single day when he went past Prithvi Shaw’s 546, made in 2014 in the Harris Shield tournament. Two other cricketers with promise have also scored big runs in Mumbai maidan cricket. Sarfaraz Khan and Arman Jaffer – both part of India’s current Under-19 squad, made 439 in 2009 and 498 in 2010.

Dhanawade’s coach Mobin Sheikh recalls how before the inter-school tournament he had told his ward that unless he made a really massive score, which forced everyone to sit up and take notice, it would be difficult to break into the Mumbai team.

“Agar Wankhede mein khelna hai toh bada score marna he padega. It’s very tough for any player from the suburbs to make it to the Mumbai Under-16 side. Fifties, 60s or even a hundred or two will not make a big impact. He needed a very big score and now that he has achieved it, hopefully he will carry on from here,” Sheikh said.