Tuesday 6 December 2016

Schoolboy hits record books for six

Philip Sherwell

Published 06/01/2016 | 02:30

Schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade, 15, next to the scoreboard after his 1009 not out during an inter-school cricket tournament in Mumbai, India. Photo: REUTERS
Schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade, 15, next to the scoreboard after his 1009 not out during an inter-school cricket tournament in Mumbai, India. Photo: REUTERS

An Indian schoolboy has become the first cricketer to score more than 1,000 runs in a competitive innings.

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Fifteen-year-old Pranav Dhanawade finished at 1,009 not out when the captain of his Mumbai school team declared to put the opponents out of their misery. He amassed his score off 323 balls in a 395-minute innings that included 59 sixes and 129 fours.

In doing so, he surpassed one of sport's longest-held records - that of Arthur 'AEJ' Collins, a 13-year-old English public schoolboy who became a minor celebrity in 1899 by chalking up the highest individual score in a recorded game, 628 not out in a junior house match at Clifton College in Bristol.

The total for Mumbai's KC Gandhi Higher Secondary School stood at 1,465 for three at the time of the declaration yesterday afternoon, another world record in an officially-recorded match.

"I have always been a big-hitter," said Pranav, the only child of an autorickshaw driver.

Irish Independent

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