By AYYAZ MALIK
I am sure we can all relate to a tale of playing cricket in the ‘backyard’, the times where we played with our family or friends and scored that ‘massive hundred’ or was a superstar with the ball after a magical spell of bowling.
Everyone who is a cricket lover will definitely have a garden cricket story to tell, I mean my dad was like Javed Miandad as far as back garden cricket is concerned.
Bless him, he used to hit century after century against the bowling attack of me and my brother. My dad does like to remind me of that when he is bored, but how about this though for an amazing cricket tale.
If I was to say the name Pranav Dhanawade, you wouldn’t know who I am talking about and I wouldn’t blame you either. Dhanawade is a record-breaking 15-year old.
Pranav holds the very distinguished record of scoring 1,0009 not out, which is the highest score to be ever recorded for an individual batsmen in a cricket match. Dhanawade was playing for his school side KC Gandhi School, who in turn broke another record as the 15-year old’s team scored 1465-3 declared.
KC’s opposition Arya Gurukul School were not even able to score 100 runs between two innings.
To put Dhanawade’s achievement into perspective, the youngster became the fourth Indian to score 500 or more runs in a single innings after DR Havewalla (515 for Central India Railways, Bombay against St Xavier’s, Baroda in 1953), Chaman Lal (502 not out for Mahendra College, Patiala against Government College, Rupar in 1956-57) and Prithvi Shaw (546 for Rizvi Springfield against Francis D’Assisi in a Harris Shield game in 2013-14).
It later emerged after Pranav’s historic achievement, Arya Gurukul School had to field their under-14 team due to the fact that their under-16 team was caught up in exams.
That might slightly ‘put a downer’ on this record-breaking achievement, but if I was to tell you that Sarfraz Khan (India under 19 international) scored 465 runs in a school match, now plays in the Indian Premier League for Royal Challengers Bangalore, which as we know is the chance for the best talent to shine regardless of age.
The ‘Little Master’ Sachin Tendulkar even paid tribute to Pranav’s achievement, I think it’s fair to say that Pranav Dhanawade you have probably scored more runs in one school match than I did my whole ‘back garden cricket’ career.