MUMBAI: A Mumbai teenager has become the first batsman to score 1000 runs in an officially recognized innings.
Pranav Dhanawade, a 15-year-old opening batsman, scored 1009 not out playing for K.C.Gandhi School against Arya Gurukul School in a tournament recognized by the Mumbai Cricket Association. His team declared at 1465-3.
Dhanawade smashed 59 sixes and 129 fours off only 323 balls, making the most of the short 30-yard boundary on one side of the ground.
The previous record in minor cricket – below first-class and List A level – was 628 not out byEngland’s Arthur Collins in 1899.
Mumbai has a tradition of big scores in school cricket. Retired legend Sachin Tendulkar first came to prominence with a 326 not out in 1988.
“Congrats Pranav Dhanawade 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 Twitter.
Ayaz Memon, a leading Indian cricket expert, said it would be a phenomenal feat for any cricketer to score four digits at any level of the game.
“It’s just incredible. Scoring 1,000 runs in less than two days at this speed is a great achievement,” Memon told AFP.
But translating this accomplishment from club to international level will be a big challenge for the teenager, he said.