Mumbai: Pranav Dhanawade, who smashed a mind-boggling unbeaten 1,009 in an inter-school game, was on Wednesday felicitated by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) here. (Pranav Dhanawade – Son of an Auto Driver Who Crossed the 1000 Barrier)
The 15-year-old Kalyan boy from the KC Gandhi school, his coach Mobin Sheikh and the opponent team’s (Arya Gurukul) coach were all honoured by the MCA, headed by Sharad Pawar. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar Pay Tribute to Pranav Dhanawade’s Historic 1009* Knock)
Chief guest and former Test opener Madhav Apte handed over a cheque of Rs 1.2 lakh to Pranav, son of an autorickshaw driver, on behalf of the association which has decided to support Dhanawade for the next five years with a montly gratis of Rs 10,000. (Pranav Dhanawade Had ‘Attitude Issue’, Says Coach of Mumbai’s 1009-Run Wonderkid)
Pawar, in his address, described the schoolboy’s feat, which came off 327 balls and included a staggering 129 fours and 59 sixes, as “remarkable” and “exceptional”.
“The MCA managing committee has decided to support him and encourage him,” said Pawar and added that Apte, who went on India’s tour of the West Indies in 1952 and sparkled as a batsman, was the right man to do the honours as he himself had performed a great bowling feat in his school days.
Apte had grabbed 10 wickets for 14 runs bowling leg-spin in a Giles Shield Inter-school game in the early 1940s but then was later converted into an opening batsman by the great all rounder-turned coach Vinoo Mankad.