Revealed: Shocking story behind Pranav Dhanawade's 1009 run innings

Sudipta / 21 January 2016

The story behind Pranav Dhanawade’s epic 1009 has been revealed. In a story carried out by Indian Express talked with “pace quartet” for Arya Gurukul School, against whom KC Gandhi School’s Pranav scored 1009 off 323 balls at Kalyan’s Wayne Maidan.

10-year-old Ayush Dubey, who bowled 23 overs, said, “Bahut gussa aa raha tha uspe.”

Dhanwade produced a remarkable innings in two days and broke hundred years old record of Arthur Collins. Ayush and Sarth Salunke said they asked Pranav give his time a break. But he snapped them.

“Bas kar na. Aur kitna marega? I told him. But he asked me to go back and said ‘Ja, ja bowling kar. Aur bahut maarna hai.”

Both Ayush and Sarth are U-12 cricketers they had not ever bowled on a pitch longer than 16 yards or a full sized ball in their hand.

After Pranav scored this epic 1009, which is first in the history, Mumbai Cricket Association threw a gala felicitation ceremony for Pranav. He was honoured by MCA President Sharad Pawar.

After Pranav’s innings, 10 days have passed. But, Arya Gurukul School still can’t forget it. Coach Yogesh Jagtap could not go with a full strength team as principal V Srinivasan was in the process of organising a session for class X student.

“Sir ek rematch karao please. Hum phir dikhayenge usse,” one of them tells Jagtap. The team was made up with 5th, 6th and 5th standard student. 

Before the match Jagpratap was not prepared for the underage team will take on “big boys”.

“I was in Jalgaon when I found out and was frantically messaging the principal trying to get a clear picture. This was during the Christmas break and the match was scheduled for the first day after reopening and he said he would allow the 9th standard kids to play,” says Jagtap. But of the three 9th students, one who had attended the MCA U-14 camp the previous year had been barred from playing cricket by his parents and the other two had been left out owing to disciplinary reasons. Based on instinct, Jagtap would assemble 12 players most of whom had never played a proper match before and were picked because the coach felt “fielding toh kar lenge”. How naive was that?

“I even asked him to withdraw the team as there was no point. But he insisted that it could put the team’s future in trouble if the MCA took action. So I allowed the kids to go just for participation sake,” says the principal.

Meanwhile, Ayush signed up with a threat, “Next time chance mila na, usse outside off on a length daaloonga. Out ho jaayega.”

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