1009* not out



  • On average he scored 3.08 runs from every ball.
     
     
    Mumbai teenager scores record 1009*
     
    'Knew I could break the world record once I reached 500'
     
     
    Pranav Dhanawade, a 15-year-old cricketer from Mumbai, smashed an unbeaten 1009 not out off 327 deliveries to notch up the highest individual score in minor cricket, breaking a 117-year-old record. His team, Smt KC Gandhi School, Kalyan, declared soon after at a mammoth 1465 for 3 and then wrapped up an overwhelmingly one-sided game against Arya Gurukul - bowled out for 31 and 72 - by an innings and 1382 runs.
    Dhanawade began the second day of the two-day game - part of the HT Bhandari Cup inter-school tournament - on 652*. He had already surpassed the score of 628* scored by Arthur Collins in 1899 on Monday, and had also broken the record for the highest individual score by an Indian cricketer in minor cricket, previously held by Prithvi Shaw, who scored 546 in the Harris Shield in 2013-14.
    Dhanawade said that once he had crossed 500, he was confident of breaking Shaw's record and beating Collins' score of 628. The wicketkeeper-batsman admitted it took time for his record-breaking achievement to sink in on Monday but he began the second day with a clear goal of getting to the 1000-run mark.
    "I couldn't believe it last evening that I had scored 652 runs but when I went home, I took a bath and slept and today I set myself a target of 1000 runs," he told ESPNcricinfo.
    Dhanawade - whose previous highest score in recognised cricket was 80-odd - had raced to 921 by lunch and went past the 1000-run mark in the second session. His knock, which spanned almost seven hours, included 129 fours and 59 sixes.
    His scoring was probably helped by the size of the ground in the northern suburb of Mumbai. Nestling between two housing complexes, the ground - with a typically muddy Mumbai pitch - is rectangular with extremely short, walled-in square boundaries. Abhishek Karane, a BCCI umpire who was at the match, said it was 110 metres in breadth and 135 metres long but the straight boundaries had been pulled in. Dhanawade targeted the shorter square boundaries, especially on legside. His school coach, Harish Sharma, however wasn't willing to concede even a little when talking his student's monumental effort. "I don't think the ground mattered. He hit all over the ground and his technique is built on straight hitting."
     
     
     
    The scoreboard at the Kalyan ground displaying Pranav Dhanawade's record score © ESPNcricinfo Ltd  
     
     
    Arya Gurukul's Ayush Dubey conceded the most runs - 350 runs in 23 overs. Two other bowlers - Sarth Salunke and Harshal Jadhav - conceded 284 and 281 respectively. Dubey picked up two wickets but rued missing out on a chance that Dhanawade had offered during his innings. He stated that Dhanawade had struggled against off-side deliveries but as his innings grew, he was able to steer the bowlers to the smaller square boundaries, either side of the wicket.
    "He was struggling to play balls on the off side but when we kept bowling off side to him, he would get into position and hit through leg."
    Pranav who was in attacking mode throughout his colossal effort gave a few stray chances, as expected. He was dropped off the bowling of Ayush Dubey, who bowled 23 overs and conceded 350 runs, and was pointed at by Gupta. "I was so angry that he dropped the catch of such a main player. I was really angry, but I did not tell him [the fielder] anything," Dubey said.
    However, his temperament and fitness were praised by officiating umpire Sunimal Sen.
    "I would say he was 101% fit [temperamentally], even after scoring so much he was not tired," Sen said. "Many times we see that batsmen, after scoring a hundred, say 'Sir we want water', but he did not create this type of disturbance. He was very fit."
    The innings got plenty of attention on social media and was even mentioned by television commentators in the ongoing Test between South Africa and England. Dhanawade, who idolises former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, received praise from Sachin Tendulkar and Ajinkya Rahane, while India's limited-overs captain MS Dhoni had some advice for the teenager.
    "Often you may find people talking about where the individual played and all. But it is a serious business," Dhoni said, when asked about Dhanawade's innings at India's pre-departure press conference in Mumbai. "To score like that anywhere in the world, in those conditions is very difficult. Not to forget the age of the individual at the same time. We need to nurture it, guide him at the same time, because all of a sudden, the limelight will be on him. He will be compared with a lot of individuals who have been very successful. It is important for the individuals who are close to him, his coach, his parents to guide him to move in the right direction.
    "Definitely he has got talent. What is important is to see how he keeps improving because from now on, every game, every year that passes by competing against individuals who keep getting better and better."
    Rahane urged Dhanawade to work harder on his game: "As a Mumbaikar I am really proud of it. 1009 yeh bolne ke liye itna samay lagte hain [It's quite a mouthful to say 1009]. Two years, ago I think a school team made these many runs, but today an individual managed it. These many runs are usually scored in a season. I hope he continues to concentrate on his game. I am sure he will work hard on his game and come and play with us. I want to wish him good luck."

    Srikanth Ravishanker is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

    © ESPN Sports Media Ltd.



  • Pretty good knock.



  • That'll boost the average.



  • It's like he played ten of BMacs best innings back to back.



  • Won by an innings and 1,382 runs. Kamath getting 8-16 in second innings...



  • If that counts, why doesn't my 8 million odd in backyard cricket?



  • Idolises Brad Haddin ? The fuck ?????? I'd say there would be lots of sledging and some of those runs might be false.....



  • Unfortunately the bookie his old man spoke to before the match had him going out at 1000....



  • Not all of those Indian prodigies go on to great things though......anyone remember this guy?



  • Not all of those Indian prodigies go on to great things though......anyone remember this guy?

    Meh, two double centuries and a pre-00s average higher than 54.
     
    He and Sachin played school cricket together - quite the opening pair.



  • Meh, two double centuries and a pre-00s average higher than 54.
     
    He and Sachin played school cricket together - quite the opening pair.

    Musta had some fucken falling out with the authorities by the sounds of things. Mind you starting with a hiss and a roar can be a bit detrimental, remember Hussey had a Bradman like start only to finish up averaging 50. Useless.



  • Musta had some fucken falling out with the authorities by the sounds of things. Mind you starting with a hiss and a roar can be a bit detrimental, remember Hussey had a Bradman like start only to finish up averaging 50. Useless.

    Just tough with Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman, the back end of Azharrudin all clogging the middle order in the 10 years following his debut. But you would think someone with that record early would get the Matthew Sinclair treatment where they need to prove several times they aren't up to it rather than one and done.



  • Just tough with Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman, the back end of Azharrudin all clogging the middle order in the 10 years following his debut. But you would think someone with that record early would get the Matthew Sinclair treatment where they need to prove several times they aren't up to it rather than one and done.
    I reckon there was probably more to it than that to be honest, he looked like he shoulda been Tendulkar/Lara class from what I saw, of those blokes you mention only Dravid comes close to that. An axis of Dravid/Tendulkar/Kambli/Laxman woulda been scary for the opposition in the late 90s early 2000s.....



  • I reckon there was probably more to it than that to be honest, he looked like he shoulda been Tendulkar/Lara class from what I saw, of those blokes you mention only Dravid comes close to that. An axis of Dravid/Tendulkar/Kambli/Laxman woulda been scary for the opposition in the late 90s early 2000s.....

    He was astonishingly good
     
    He was a HUGE drunk & party animal. Basically he got Jesse Ryder'd - only worse. He effectively got axed because they had a guy like Dravid who they could pick instead who would turn up to practice & not not stroll in on game day hungover & stinking of JDs. Apparently he got so many chances & had so much covered up but eventually they went "mate, you are good, but no one is THAT good". Plus he mixed with the types you'd get round that... ie the shady side of the parttyy world. Ended up as a bit part Bollywood star.



  • His cricinfo profile makes interesting reading... at one stage he had 9 grips on his bat. Wtf!



  • I was in awe until I saw the team photos...



  • I was in awe until I saw the team photos...

    ?
     
    Its a schoolboy team. I mean sure, they are not as sexy as I like to picture 12-15 year olds.. but still.



  • In India, the bat owns you.



  • He was astonishingly good
     
    He was a HUGE drunk & party animal. Basically he got Jesse Ryder'd - only worse. He effectively got axed because they had a guy like Dravid who they could pick instead who would turn up to practice & not not stroll in on game day hungover & stinking of JDs. Apparently he got so many chances & had so much covered up but eventually they went "mate, you are good, but no one is THAT good". Plus he mixed with the types you'd get round that... ie the shady side of the parttyy world. Ended up as a bit part Bollywood star.

    Yeah thought that might have been the case to be honest. Still, Warnie and Beefy combined boozing and cricketing excellence so it was a shame he couldn't.....



  • I was in awe until I saw the team photos...

    Yeah I'd back myself to score a quick 3 hundy against those whippersnappers.


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