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Schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade smashes 1000 runs in one innings

This picture speaks a 1000 runs. Photo courtesy: Indian Express
This picture speaks a 1000 runs. Photo courtesy: Indian Express

The accolades poured in from cricket legends, top politicians, Bollywood stars, television personalities and a host of cricket lovers across the nation as a 15-year-old Mumbai schoolboy tonked bowlers all over the park to score in excess of 1000 runs in a single innings. Pranav Dhanawade, of KC Gandhi School, opened the innings against Arya Gurukul in an inter-school tournament and registered an epic 1009 not out as his side declared at a staggering 1465 for 2. The opener smashed 129 fours and 59 sixes in a knock that lasted just 323 balls, at a strike rate over 300.

With this effort, Dhanawade went to the top of the charts for the highest individual score in any form of the game. He surpassed the previous international record holder Arthur Collins, who posted an unbeaten 628 way back in 1899. He also went past Indian record holder Prithvi Shaw, who scored 546 two years ago.

“I have always been a big-hitter,” Dhanawade told the Hindustan Times. “When I started I never thought about breaking the record. The focus was never that. I just played my natural game, which is to attack from the word go.

“After reaching 300, my coach Harish Sharma told me to play on. I did not know of the world record, but we had the Indian record [Shaw’s 546] in mind.”

Deservedly, the plaudits came thick and fast on social media. And leading the congratulations was none other than Sachin Tendulkar.

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