An Indian teenager broke a 117-year-old world record and became the first cricketer to eclipse 1,000 runs without recording an out in a single innings (a segment of a cricket match), according to multiple media outlets.
KC Gandhi High (Kalyan, India) batsman Pranav Dhanawade, 15, scored a world-record 1,009 runs in a world-record 1,465-3 victory against Arya Gurukul School in the Mumbai Cricket Association’s under-16 Bhandari Cup tournament.
The remarkable score bested Englishman AEJ Collins’ previous world record of 628 by 60.7 percent.
“I have always been a big-hitter. When I started I never thought about breaking the record,” Dhanawade told the Hindustan Times, via The Telegraph. “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 in mind.”
Dhanawade received praise from one of his heroes, Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who holds several scoring records of his own, although he never approached the teen’s remarkable singular achievement.
If you’re like me, and you have a hard time putting this record into perspective due to limited knowledge about the sport, consider that besting the previous world record by 60.9 percent would be the equivalent of a Major League Baseball team scoring 29 runs in an inning to best Chicago’s previous record of 18 — also set in the 1800s (1883).