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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Pranav Dhanawade is the first who made 1000 runs in an innings !!!!

Records are meant to be re-written ! 1000 runs in a calendar year is a great achievement in Test Cricket.  Though India played its first Onedayer in 1974 – till 1983 – no Indian had scored a century, until KapilDev scripted a famous 175 not out against Zimbabwe, walking in at 17/5.  From 171 of Glenn Turner – the highest in an ODI progressed – 175 – 189 – 194 – then came the 1st double hundred by Sachin Tendulkar and now 264 of Rohit Sharma.

Today and for more days to come, more people would be searching about - KC Gandhi English High School at Kalyan, in Mumbai.  History has it that this city was under attack by invading armies including Mughals and British and that Marathas fought them hard.  From web info, this school was established in 1979 – is Private un-aided. Heard of Dante’s Peak, an American thriller film released in 1977, directed by Roger Donaldson, starring Pierce Brosnan-  under the production of Universal Pictures and Pacific Western. This is post is about Dhanawade’s peak.

Exceptional talent at School level is not entirely new.  Sachin Tendulkar who climbed so many peaks for long had the school record -  an unbeaten 326; Vinod Kambli’s 349 and their 664 partnership in  Feb 1988. 18 years later in Nov 2006 – Kambli, Sachin record was broken when St. Peters High School made 721 without loss in 40 overs against St. Philip’s High School at Hyderabad.   Openers Manoj Kumar and Mohammed Shaibaz, both 13, hit an unbeaten 320 and 324 respectively in the Hyderabad Cricket Association Inter-School Under-13 tournament.  In 2011, another youngster came to limelight…  it was Maharashtra’s middle order leftie – Vijay Hari Zol who was later signed up by RCB too.

 In an U19 match for Maharashtra, Zol scored an unbeaten 451 off 467 deliveries.  Prithvi Shaw, a 14-year-old from Mumbai, smashed  546 runs – in  a Harris Shield match at the Azad Maidan in Mumbai.  S. Sankruth Sriram struck a brilliant unbeaten 486 in the Nilgiris District Cricket Association (NDCA) under-16 inter-school cricket tournament.  Still Dhanawade is very special .. What was written in DNA and Indian Express this morning itself is worthy of a big post – more got added during the course of the day.  It is all about the son of auto-rickshaw driver in Kalyan, PranavDhanawade of KC Gandhi English High School, overhauling Mumbaikar Prithvi Shaw's record but every other batting record in minor record. 

When 15-year-old Pranav Dhanawade left home on Monday morning for his inter-school cricket match on an empty stomach, he didn't imagine that he will return with his appetite — albeit the one for runs— satiated many times over – wrote DNA.  On Monday, the  10th grade student broke all batting world records in minor cricket. He slammed an unbelievable 652 not out (in just 199 balls, 30x6, 78x4) against AryaGurukul School, Kalyan on the opening day of the two-day third round match of the U-16 HT Bhandari Trophy Inter-School Cricket Tournament, organised under the aegis of Mumbai Cricket Association. 

By close of day, he had broken the highest individual score in an innings record held by an English cricketer AEJ Collins of 628* for Clark's House against North Town set in 1899. He  overhauled Mumbaikar Prithvi Shaw's record score of 546 ; the  opener's sextuple hundred saw his team reach a mammoth total of 956 for the loss of just one wicket in reply to Arya Gurukul's first innings score of 31 all out in 20 overs. The other three digit scorers for KC Gandhi school were Akash Singh (173) and Siddhesh Patil (100).

Reports state that at lunch, Pranav's score was 45 and he did not expect he will go on to add another 607 runs in the next two sessions. Pranav is quoted as saying - "When I got the chance to bat, I was desperate to get a three digit score as I had got out in 80s in the first two games. I had promised my coach that I will get a century this time." He added he was motivated to break the records of India U-19 stars Sarfaraz Khan (439 in Harris Shield 2009), ArmaanJaffer (498 in Giles Shield 2010-11 & 473 in Harris Shield 2012-13) and Mumbai U-19 opener Prithvi Shaw.

Somehow the paper wrote - Pranav isn't done yet and aims to score 1,000 runs on the second day.  He is said to be a wicket-keeper batsman.  It took just 199 balls for Pranav to score that sextuple hundred !- he  smashed 78 fours and 30 sixes en route the world record at the Union Cricket Club ground.

More was to happen today as Cricket got its first 1000-run man  as on January 5, 2016 – 15 year old Pranav Dhanawade became the only batsman in the history of the game to achieve the landmark in a single knock.The world-record knock finally ended when Pranav's team decided to declare the innings 1465 for 3, with their star batsman still unbeaten at 1009 in just 323 balls he faced during his 395-minute stay at the crease. The runs came at a mind-boggling strike rate of 312.38 and included 129 fours and 59 sixes.

Any comments  !!!

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
5th Jan 2016.

pics credit : telegraph & times of India.

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