Meet India’s school-cricket boy wonder
While South African cricket fans were overwhelmed by Temba Bavuma’s test century at Newlands on Tuesday, another special young talent emerged in India on the same day. There is nothing connecting the two players, but just like Bavuma, who was a relatively unknown
entity before his exploits with the bat at the Cape Town oval this week, Pranav Dhanawade also endeared himself on the other side of the globe.
The 15-year-old wicketkeeperbatsman rewrote the record books, hammering an epic 1 009 not out in an interschool cricket tournament to register the highest individual score in an innings in any form of the game. He also broke the previous record of 628 set by England’s stone age first-class cricketer Arthur Collins, who made history at the age of 13 in 1899.
Batting for KC Gandhi School, Dhanawade, who was the opening batsman, resumed the day from his overnight score of 652 runs and crossed the 1 000-run mark after lunch.
His school declared the innings at 1 465/3, with Dhanawade unbeaten on 1 009 with 59 sixes and 129 fours, which he scored off 323 balls at a strike rate of 312.38. He played for a total of 395 minutes. The son of an auto-rickshaw driver, Dhanawade bettered the best-ever individual score made on a single day when he went past fellow teenage sensation Prithvi Shaw’s 546, which the 16-year-old made in 2014 in the Harris Shield tournament, an event that brought India’s batting icon Sachin Tendulkar into the limelight more than two decades ago.
Dhanawade credited his father as the force that pushed him to play, and the old man was partly responsible for his new-found success. The teen said he was ready for international cricket but his ideal start would be in the national Under19 team.
Mumbai school cricket is highly competitive and, besides Tendulkar, the event has produced current Indian opener Rohit Sharma. Alam is a reporter for Prothom Alo, a Bengali-language newspaper in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is based in SA courtesy of the
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