Pranav Dhanawade smashed 59 sixes and 128 boundaries © Getty Images (Representation photo)
Pranav Dhanawade smashed 59 sixes and 128 boundaries © Getty Images (Representation photo)

Pranav Dhanawade, who slammed a world record highest individual score of 1,009 not out, has said that he wants to play Ranji Trophy. Dhanawade created history when he broke the 117-year old record of highest individual total in competitive cricket, which was previously held by AEJ Collins, who had made 628 not out in a Junior House Match in June 1899, in England. Dhanawade made 652 runs on the first day of the game — after the opposition were bowled out for a paltry 31 — which was studded with as many as 78 boundaries and 30 sixes.

Dhanawade was playing for the KC Gandhi High School against Arya Gurukul during the Bhandari Cup match in Kalyan, a suburb near Mumbai. The Under-19 cricket match was organised by Mumbai Cricket Association. ALSO READ: Pranav Dhanawade to get monetary help from Maharashtra government following record-breaking knock

Dhanawade scored 1,009 not out, out of his team’s total of 1,465/3. He struck 59 sixes and 129 boundaries, and made runs at an astounding strike rate of 312.38. ALSO READ: Pranav Dhanawade smashes a record 1,000 runs in an innings!

He was quoted as saying by India Today after the match, “My teachers have helped me a lot and now I want to play the Ranji Trophy. I have always been a big-hitter. 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.”

Dhanawade’s father, who is an auto rickshaw driver, told The Indian Express, “I want my son to become a great cricketer. He has proved that he has the talent today. Cricket is not an easy sport and expensive too. I spent extra hours driving an auto rickshaw in order to afford the cricket gear for my son.”