With 1,000 runs, Pranav Dhanawade bats his way into record books
Son of Kalyan autorickshaw driver, Pranav Dhanawade took 323 balls to attain effort, stayed unbeaten.
“I desired to score big runs. I recall my trainer telling me that I will not be taken by any one in the Mumbai team if I score two and these hundreds -hundreds. After all, I do not play on the Mumbai circuit. The facilities aren’t that amazing here but at least this knock will help me get recognition along with an opportunity to represent Mumbai,” Pranav said.
As news spread he could cross the 1,000 run-mark Tuesday, local politicians 2,000 people began than and more making their way to the ground. The rectangular ground at three stations down the line from Dombivli, 57 kilometers from Mumbai and Wayle Nagar in western Kalyan — where Ajinkya Rahane comes from — has short borders on the leg-side and off, not more than 30 yards.
The absolute numbers make for mind boggling reading. The son of an autorickshaw driver, Dhanawade, faced merely 323 deliveries. On two occasions, windows from a closeby building were smashed.
The hitter had a surprising selection of favourite cricketer. “Brad Haddin. I am a wicket keeper batsman and I enjoy Haddin,” he said. When his team declared at 1465, Dhanawade stayed unbeaten.
The second best scorer was opener Akash Singh, who hit at 173. Arya Gurukul were outside for 56, to go with their first innings score of 31 following the team declared at 1465.
Dhanawade survived a few stumpings and nine close calls — seven grabs.
Enthusiastic media raced for the very first byte before his pads could be removed by Dhanawade. Bouquets were push by local politicians at him, and vague assurances of cash prizes were made.
Shortly, an autorickshaw arrived with a loudspeaker mended on its roof to which people began dancing, close to the dressing room. His dad was mobbed by his fellow autorickshaw drivers, who came equipped with India flags. Two police vans turned up to “provide security” to the lad, who was locked in the club’s office for a while.
“Let him rest,” they told folks who lined up to meet him. Asked how he believed, the he could just say: “Everyone is requesting this. I am going insane.” Among individuals who congratulated Dhanawade was Sachin Tendulkar. Nicely done and work challenging. You are required to scale new peaks!,” Tendulkar tweeted.