Pranav Dhanawade is a 15-year-old school cricketer has become an overnight hero after his 1002 runs unbeaten innings for KC Gandhi English High School, Kalyan, near Mumbai. He is the son of an auto-rickshaw driver.
Pranav scored a record breaking 1009 not out against Arya Gurukul, Kalyan, which is the highest ever individual score in any form of cricket. He has achieved this record in a school match during the U-16 HT Bhandari Trophy Inter School Cricket Tournament.
Pranav’s innings was comprised off 129 boundaries and 59 sixes., which is also the highest in terms of boundaries and over boundaries.
There is only one cricketer who has scored sextuple century was Arthur Collins. Pranav has broken the record achieved by a 13-year-old Arthur Collins, who had scored 628 runs in a match for Clarke’s House against North Town House in 1899. For a long time, this record was considered as unbreakable.
On the first day of the game, Arya Gurukul was bundled out for just 31 in 20 overs. In response, Gandhi English High reached 956 for 1 at the end of the first day. Pranav, with 78 fours and 30 sixes had moved to world record individual score 652 not out. His partner Akash Singh and Siddhesh Patil scored 173 and 100 respectively.
On Day two of the match Pranav continued his journey at an astounding pace, becoming the first cricketer ever to score a septuple hundred, an octuplet century, a nonuple century and finally a decuple century. At lunch was batting on 921 off 294. Just after the lunch, he becomes the first human to pass the four-figure barrier off just 323 balls. He hit 59 sixes and 129 fours in all.
Record of highest score in a match has also broken
The Gandhi English High also become the holder of the highest score in any levels of cricket as they scored 1465. The earlier record was by Victoria province of Australia, who had made 1107 against New South Wales way back in 1926.
Why is Pranav’s innings greater than Collins innings? It is not just runs but also the ways they achieved.
However, in 1899, the 13-year-old Arthur Edward Jeune Collins become a British celebrity when he made scored the highest ever individual score in the history of cricket. The timeless match was played in Bristol in a small boundary ground. During the age of amateur cricket, Collins was dropped on 80, 100, 140 and 556 and 612. Collins had achieved this record in six days. The innings started on June 22. He remained unbeaten when the team was bowled out for 836 on June 26. In the following days, North Town were bowled for 87 and 61 with Collins taking 11 wickets for 63 runs. The praise heaped on the teenager and much was expected of him. But, a promising talent’s cricket career ended with a sad note when he was killed in combat in France during the First World War.
Amongst the Indian colts, Prithvi Shaw had scored 546 in a Harris Shield game in 2013. In 1933, DR Havewalla had scored unbeaten 502 in a college game. There are 10 other scores of 400 or more in junior cricket, two of them from India’s current U-19 player Armaan Jaffer (498 and 473. The Indian First Class record belongs to BB Nimbalakar, who scored an unbeaten 443 in the Ranji Trophy 1948 for Maharashtra against Kathiawar.