On Wednesday, Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) felicitated Pranav Dhanawade for his extraordinary knock of unbeaten 1009 runs in a recent inter-school game. He had entered into the world records book after becoming the first player in history to reach the four-digit figure.
The match was played between KC Gandhi English School and Arya Gurukul (CBSE) in Mumbai on 4th and 5th January. Pranav had played for his school KC Gandhi where he had hit that unthinkable knock. Pranav had scored 1009* runs in 327 balls with 129 fours and 59 sixes. His school had won that match massively by an innings and 1382 runs.
Former Test opener and chief guest Madhav Apte handed over a cheque of Rs 1.2 lakhs to Pranav. Pranav is a son of an auto-rickshaw driver. MCA has decided to support Pranav with a monthly gratis of Rs.10, 000 for the next five years.
Pranav, his coach Mobin Sheikh and the opponent team’s coach were all honoured by the MCA, headed by Sharad Pawar. Pawar described Pranav’s achievement as “remarkable” and “exceptional”.
Bowling as a leg-spinner, Apte had picked up 10 wickets for 14 runs in a Giles Shield Inter-school game in the early 1940s. But later he was converted into an opening batsman.
Apte said, “This game of cricket is a brutal one. You may score a hundred one day and get a zero on the next.”
Apte recalled Australia’s cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman’s last innings against England at the Oval in August 1948. He said, “Bradman then needed just four runs in that innings to finish with a career average of 100, but was bowled for a second-ball duck by Eric Hollies and finished with an average of 99.94.”
He also recalled how India’s domestic batsman Bhausaheb Nimbalkar was prevented from overtaking the then first-class record which was made by Sir Don while Maharashtra’s opponents Kathiawar (now Saurashtra) did not turn up after tea on the last day in the Ranji tournament. The batsman was on 443 not out and Bradman’s record was 452 runs.
Apte said, “Cricket is a team game. You not only have to thank your partners for giving you the support to achieve the feat but also praise the opponents for not running away like Saurashtra players did.” The 83-years old Apte had played seven Tests for India.