Pranav Dhanawade blasted what is believed to be the biggest individual total ever made in an officially recorded match, finishing his innings on 1009 not out as his team, KC Gandhi School, declared on 2-1465.
Pranav’s innings lasted 323 balls and saw him smash 59 sixes and 127 fours.
He was batting in the Bhandari Trophy in a match played in the northern Mumbai suburb of Kalyan, which is 90 minutes by train from the city centre.
At lunch, 15-year-old Pranav had smashed his way to a scarcely-believable score of 921 not out. Shortly after play resumed in the second session, Pranav brought up qudruple figures.
By the time he reached the incredible milestone a large crowd had gathered at the small, gated field, and the story had already attracted unprecedented media attention.
Young Dhanawade managed to smash the opposition, Arya Gurukul School’s bowling around the park to surpass a long time unbeaten record by Arthur Collins’ who scored 628 in 1899. Collins scored 628 not out, in a Junior House Match in June, 1899 in England. Collins was an Englishman born in India, but never went on to play first-class cricket. Australian Charles Eady scored 566 in 1901.
Impressed by his performance, the Maharashtra Government has decided to bear Pranab’s educational and coaching expenses, according to reports.