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An Indian schoolboy who made international headlines after scoring 1,000 runs in a single innings has been competing in CCA's Summer Cricket Camp.
Pranav Dhanawade, who racked up a world record-breaking 1,009 on January 5 to become the first batsman to reach four figures, has visited the country for the first time as part of an overseas tour.
The 16-year-old, who has been honing his skills at the camp, said: “The City Cricket Academy is very good and I like it, with very good quality facilities. I have learned very much, including how to play in English conditions.
“While playing in games at the Summer Cricket Camp I have score two 50s but so far not 100.”
Coach Mobin Shaikh, who has coached Pranav since he was six, brought him over as part of a team from Mumbai’s Worli Cricket Club.
More than 250 young cricketers from Leicestershire, India, Dubai and United Arab Emirates, have been taking part in the camp at two sites, Leicester Grammar School and the University of Leicester’s cricket ground. They have been training, learning from expert coaches and playing matches.
Don Bhagawati, director of CCA, said: “It’s a real pleasure to host Pranav at our Summer Cricket Camp and hope this experience will help him. His achievement was phenomenal and a really big story in the cricket world. I wish him the very best and hope he keeps working hard at his game.
“At CCA we believe in making sure everyone enjoys the game while also reaching their full potential. Pranav has fitted into our ethos perfectly, practicing and playing matches with a smile on his face.
“We have hosted many overseas players so far this year. Welcoming players like Pranav not only benefits their game as they learn to adapt to different conditions, it also enables local cricketers to develop and enrich their game.”
Pranav batted for two-and-a-half days in a HT Bhandari Cup inter-school tournament game in to beat the previous record of 628 set by Arthur Collins in 1899.
He struck 59 sixes and 127 fours in 395 minutes before his KC Gandhi School declared the innings at 1,465 against Arya Gurukul School.
Mumbai school cricket is highly competitive and has produced a string of high-profile cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar.