It was a 'grand' innings by Pranav Dhanawade, literally. The 15-year-old boy did something so incomprehensible, so outrageous, one couldn't even think it up. Batting for KC Gandhi school at HT Bhandari Cup inter-school cricket tournament, Pranav hit a jaw-dropping 1,009 runs off 323 balls, hitting 129 fours and 59 sixes along the way.
He smashed individual score records to smithereens. The previous record, held by AEJ Collins' 628 not out for for Clark’s House against North Town in Clifton College in 1899, was over a hundred years ago.
And in a cricket-crazy country, where an Indian team batsman struggles to hit a 1,000 runs over a season, fans went crazy to see a teenager do it in a single innings! And all of them, fans, cricketers, pundits, rushed to Twitter, as always, to laud the kid's effort. And some just did what a bona fide Twitterati would do — troll.
If Dhanawade hit a 1,000, Twitter hit a million dollars on the day, and here's a look at the best of them:
From the master himself
Congrats #PranavDhanawade on being the first ever to score 1000 runs in an innings. Well done and work hard. You need to scale new peaks!
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 5, 2016
The CM too didn't wait in any queue
What an amazing inning; Incredible... 323 balls & 1009 not out... Congratulations #PranavDhanawade ! Proud of you! Keep striking
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) January 5, 2016
A few uncharacteristic sound and sober words on Twitter
Good Game on completing 1000 runs in an inning, Pranav Dhanawade!! May your dedication towards the gentlemen's game continue to bloom.
— Vinod Tawde (@TawdeVinod) January 5, 2016
More pawar to the boy!
— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) January 5, 2016
Oh, yes we are are minds are boggled
Have no idea of strength of bowling, match situation, standard of the tournament, but 1009 runs by an individual is just mind boggling.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 5, 2016
Nothing quite like good 'ol fashioned truth
Congratulations Pranav Dhanawade- what batsman score in a season u scored in an innings. https://t.co/tNgWUFANVd
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) January 5, 2016
And some dwelling...
Do I need to tell you a #PranavDhanawade times that Indian bowling has no future.
— Prafulla Pathak (@iPrafullaPathak) January 5, 2016
Oh! below the belt at South Africa
— Mohammad Kaif (@KaifSays) January 5, 2016
And of course, they'll come calling and say words like 'contract'
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 5, 2016
An ode to Indian parents
Pranav Dhanawade on 974. #KumarsDad calls his son and says, 'See what you could have achieved'
— Sidvee (@sidvee) January 5, 2016
And the usual Twitter stuff...
Fielding placement to stop Pranav Dhanawade from scoring runs. pic.twitter.com/yazvxlBKd6
— Silly Point (@Sarcaism) January 5, 2016
Pranav Dhanawade in his tribute to Arvind Kejriwal scored an odd number of runs (1009) in odd number of balls (323) on an Odd day (5th Jan)
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) January 5, 2016
Maruti should bring back a special edition of the 1000 and rename it The Pranav. #PranavDhanawade
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) January 5, 2016
If Rahul Dravid was the coach of Smt KC Gandhi School's Team, he would have declared with Pranav Dhanawade on 994.
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) January 5, 2016
Pranav Dhanawade can soon have ten hundreds in two days. Two and a half more weeks of this and he could get a teary farewell at the Wankhede
— Sidvee (@sidvee) January 5, 2016
New cheat code on EA Sports cricket for rookie mode: PRANAV1000
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) January 5, 2016
While withdrawing cash from ATM, Pranav Dhanawade always chooses Rs 1000 denomination and no less.
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) January 5, 2016