A Mumbai schoolboy has become the first cricketer in history to score 1,000 runs in a single innings.
Pranav Dhanawade, 15 and the son of a Mumbai rickshaw driver, scored the extraordinary total in the Bhandari Cup, an under-16 inter-school event organized by the Mumbai Cricket Association.
Dhanawade, who was batting for KC Gandhi High School against Arya Gurukul School, plundered 59 sixes and 129 fours in an epic innings that lasted 395 minutes and 323 balls, meaning he scored at an incredible 3.1 runs per ball.
Dhanawade’s innings enabled his side to declare on the mind-boggling 1465/3, also a world record, with Pranav unbeaten on 1,009.
India limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and star batsman Ajinkya Rahane on Tuesday congratulated Pranav Dhanawade for his world record-shattering innings of 1009 not out in the H.T. Bhandari Cup Under-16 inter-school tournament match.
“It is not a joke. It is serious business. It is a tremendous effort to score 1009 runs in an innings. The talent he has needs to be nurtured in the right direction. His parents and coach need to guide him well as this talent needs to go a long way,” Dhoni said at a press conference here before leaving for Australia tour.
They joined batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who also heaped praises on the wonder boy of willow for his unmatched, superb effort. Pranav’s epic 323-ball knock consisted of a staggering 59 sixes and 129 fours. His team, K.C. Gandhi High School, declared their innings at 1465 for 6.
“Congrats #PranavDhanawade on being the first ever to score 1000 runs in an innings. Well done and work hard. You need to scale new peaks!,” Tendulkar posted on his Twitter handle.
“well played…no matter what levels cricket it is but numbers are just unbelievable. another @sachin_rt in making?” Harbhajan tweeted.
The Mumbai boy batted for 395 minutes and had a strike rate of 312.38. The youngster broke a 116-year-old record after surpassing 652 on Monday, thus taking over the reins of the highest individual score (including minor cricket) from A.E.J. Collins of England.
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