Domestic cricket in India has long been held as the benchmark to screen young prodigies and give them a chance at the international stage. The stage and the various tournaments that take place are perfect to hone both upcoming and seasoned cricketers.
Often, they are selected to the national team on the basis of their domestic performance. Leagues like the IPL in India have further added to the opportunities that young cricketers can now test themselves in.
In 2016, players like Murugan Ashwin and Pawan Negi were auctioned for big amounts while a lot of stars like Munaf Patel and Pravin Kumar failed to attract the attention of the big clubs in the league. Looking at domestic records, there have been some brilliant performances that are worthy of international recognition.
The name Bhausaheb Nimbalkar is known throughout cricket circles in India as he was just short of breakirng Sir Don Bradman's then record for the highest individual innings by scoring Nimbalkar scored 443 in the 1948-49 season of the Ranji Trophy.
Another record worth mentioning is the famous 577 run partnership between Vijay Hazare and Gul Mohammad which at that time was a record for any wicket in domestic cricket. We look at 5 such bizarre records in Indian domestic cricket that deserve more recognition.
1) 15-year-old Mumbai cricketer Pranav Dhanawade scores a record 1009
In January 2016 Pranav Dhanawade wrote his name into cricket history by scoring 1009 not out off 323 balls while playing for school level, peppering his epic knock with 59 sixes and 129 fours. Helping his side KC Gandhi school amass 1465/3, he helped them go past Victoria’s 1107 against New South Wales made in 1926 and beat Arya Gurukul by a record innings and 1382 runs.
The Indian schoolboy in the process broke AEJ Collins’ 116-year-old record of the highest individual score of 628 in 1899 and also bested the previous highest Indian individual score of 546 by Prithvi Shaw. Since then, he has been invited to play for one of Mumbai’s A-grade teams, Worli Cricket Club.
However since the extraordinary feat, the achievement has been mired in controversies of 25 missed chances, 10-year-old pacers and 30-yard boundaries, that seek to downplay the record of the 15-year-old Dhanawade.