Mumbai teenager scores 652*, breaks schools record

Pranav Dhanawade, a 15-year-old cricketer from Mumbai, broke a 117-year-old record by smashing 652 not out off 199 balls, to notch up the highest individual score in schools cricket.

Representing Smt KC Gandhi School, Kalyan, in the HT Bhandari Cup inter-school tournament, Dhanawade surpassed the score of 628* scored by Arthur Collins in 1899. He also broke the record for the highest individual score by an Indian cricketer in minor cricket, previously held by Prithvi Shaw who scored 546 in the Harris Shield in 2013-14.

Dhanawade, who played as an opening batsman, struck 78 fours and 30 sixes in his knock against Arya Gurukul School bowlers to lead his side to 956 for 1 on the opening day of the two-day match in Kalyan.

“I have always been a big-hitter,” Dhanawade told the Hindustan Times. “When I started I never thought about breaking the record. The focus was never that. I just played my natural game, which is to attack from the word go.

“After reaching 300, my coach Harish Sharma told me to play on. I did not know of the world record, but we had the Indian record [Shaw’s 546] in mind.”

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