A 15-year-old Mumbai boy, Pranav Dhanawade, played a seminal world-record innings of 1,009 not out in an inter-school match in Mumbai on Tuesday – the first ever knock of four digits in any form of representative cricket.
Opening the batting for KC Gandhi English High School, Kalyan, near Mumbai, Dhanawade, the only child of an auto-rickshaw driver, faced 323 balls, 395 minutes, 129 boundaries and 59 sixes, at a strike rate of 312.38 in the two-day match of the HT Bhandary Challenge Trophy Inter-School Tournament, organised by the Mumbai Cricket Association.
A student class X, Dhanawade broke the existing world record for the highest individual score in any form of representative cricket held by AEJ Collins’ 628 not out for Clark’s House against North Town in Clifton College in 1899 in England.
Dhanawade became a rage throughout Tuesday and trended on top for most of the day, prompting Sachin Tendulkar and others to hail him as the next big thing in Indian cricket.
Thanks to his Dhanawade’s superb innings, KC Gandhi English High School thrashed Arya Gurukul School by an innings and 1,362 runs in the two-day match played at the Vaylengar ground at Kalyan in Mumbai’s neighbouring Thane district.
Arya Gurukul were bundled out for a paltry 31 in 17 overs in their first innings and couldn’t cope with the pressure in the second innings and were all out for 72, after Dhanawade’s knock. KC Gandhi English High School declared their only innings at 1465 for 3 wickets.
At the end of the first day on Monday, Dhanawade was batting on 652, scored off just 199 balls. Dhanawade two teammates — Akash Singh (173) and Siddhesh Patil (137) — also scored tons, but their efforts were relegated to a virtual footnote after the epic knock. Also, relegated in the celebrations was Dhanawade’s teammate Aayush Kamath’s 8 wickets for just 16 runs, including a hat-trick.
“I want my son to become a great cricketer. He has proved that he has the talent. Cricket is not an easy sport and expensive too. I spent extra hours driving an autorickshaw in order to afford the cricket gear for my son,” Prashant told The Indian Express.
Dhanawade’s coach Mobin Sheikh recalled how before the inter-school tournament he had told his ward that unless he made a really massive score that world force 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 told Indian Express.
The previous Indian record was held by Prithvi Shaw, who had scored 546 in a Harris Shield match in Mumbai in 2013.
Two other Mumbai boys Sarfaraz Khan (498) and Armaan Jaffer (498) had captured the headlines with massive scores playing in Harris Shield matches in 2009 and 2010. Sarfaraz and Jaffer are part of the Indian under-19 team that will compete in the World Cup, starting this month in Bangladesh.
In 1933, DR Havewalla had scored 515 in a league game. In 1956, Chamanlal had scored 502* in a college game. There are 10 other scores of 400 or more in junior cricket, two of them from Armaan Jaffer (498 and 473). The Indian First Class record belongs to BB Nimbalkar, who scored an unbeaten 443 in the Ranji Trophy in 1948 for Maharashtra against Kathiawar.
K.C. Gandhi English School, Kalyan vs Arya Gurukul (Kalyan)
Toss: Arya Gurukul (Kalyan) won the toss and elected to bat
Result: K.C. Gandhi English School, Kalyan won by an Innings & 1362 runs
Arya Gurukul (Kalyan)
1st Innings: 31 all out in 17 overs (Chinmay Patil 5/3, Sahil Shetty 3/14)
2nd Innings: 72 all out in 14.5 overs (Aayush Kamath 8/16, including hat-trick)
K.C. Gandhi English School, Kalyan
1st Innings: 1465/3 (decl.) in 94 overs
Pranav Dhanawade 1009 n.o. runs, 396 mins, 327 balls, 129 boundaries, 59 sixes
Akash Singh 173 runs, 140 mins, 92 balls, 29 boundaries
Siddhesh Patil 137 runs, 143 mins, 92 balls, 19 boundaries
Shaswat Jagtap 58 runs, 69 mins, 31 balls, 5 boundaries , 2 sixes
Aman Yadav 36 n.o. runs, 39 mins, 25 balls, 5 boundaries