Mumbai teenager scores record 1009*

By the first day of the match, Pranav Dhanawade had already broken the record for the highest individual score in minor cricket

Pranav Dhanawade, a 15-year-old cricketer from Mumbai, smashed an unbeaten 1009 not out off 327 deliveries to notch up the highest individual score in minor cricket, breaking a 117-year-old record.

Representing Smt KC Gandhi School, Kalyan, in the HT Bhandari Cup inter-school tournament, Dhanawade began the last day of the two-day game on 652*. He had already surpassed the score of 628* scored by Arthur Collins in 1899 on Monday, and had also broken 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 continued in much the same vein on the second day against the Arya Gurukul bowlers and had climbed up to 921 by lunch. He went past the 1000-run mark in the second session before his team declared their innings at a mammoth 1465 for 3. Dhanawade’s knock included 129 fours and 59 sixes.

Speaking on Monday evening, after notching up 652*, Dhanawade said he had set his sights on the Indian record in minor cricket.

“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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