Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade was awarded a monthly scholarship for five years from the Mumbai Cricket Association, a day after becoming the first batsman in the world to notch a four-figure innings.
The 15-year-old from Kalyan, on the outskirts of Mumbai, rewrote the record books on Tuesday, hammering an epic 1009 not out against against Arya Gurukul School in the Bhandari Cup inter-school cricket tournament, organised by the Mumbai Cricket Association, to register the highest individual score in an innings in any form of the game.
He smashed 129 fours and clobbered 59 sixes in his staggering 323-ball knock, played over two days, before his team, KC Gandhi Higher Secondary School in Kalyan, declared their innings on a staggering 1465 for 2.
"Hon’ble President Shri Sharad Pawar, on behalf of the Mumbai Cricket Association, has announced a scholarship of Rs 10,000 per month to Mr Pranav Dhanawade for scoring a World Record 1009 runs in a single innings," read a statement from the MCA.
"The said scholarship will be paid for a period of 5 years commencing from January 2016 to December 2021. The Association will monitor the cricketing and educational activities of Pranav Dhanawade for the said period," it added.
Dhanawade was unbeaten in the two-day game after batting for 395 minutes. He faced 323 balls, hitting a staggering 59 sixes and 129 fours.
The epic knock ended when his school declared at 1465 for 3, also a world record.
The total went past Australian stateside Victoria's 1107 against New South Wales, registered way back in 1926.
Dhanawade, unbeaten on 652 at stumps on Day 1 of the match, now holds the record for the highest individual score in any form of cricket, bettering AEJ Collins's 628 not out for Clark's House against NorthTown in 1899 in the UK.