first_imgPranav Dhanawade’s life has changed overnight since his record-breaking 1009 not out in an under-16 school tourmament organised by the Mumbai Cricket Asscoation. While the Maharashtra government has offered to bear his coaching and education expenses, MCA decided to give him Rs 10,000 every month as part of a scholarship.But nothing would please the 15-year-old boy more than a totally unexpected gift. Sachin Tendulkar gave his own autographed bat to Pranav two days after the marathon innings that spanned over six hours and was studded with 59 sixes and 129 fours.On Tuesday, soon after Pranav had become the first batsman to score 1000 runs in an innings in any level of cricket, Tendulkar had tweeted to say that the youngster should keep up his hard work and aim to scale new heights.India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had lavished Pranav with rich praise and said he would never have been able to bat long enough to score a thousand runs.”Scoring 1000 runs is no joke. That was a tremendous effort. Nurture him because he will be in the limelight. He needs to be guided well.”He must be a very special kid. I would have been bored batting so much. Pranav must be a good hitter with so many sixes. And he must be picking the right balls,” Dhoni had said shortly before Team India departed for Australia to play a limited-overs series.Pranav also attracted the attention of Mumbai Indians, who congratulated the Kalyan boy. The son of an auto-rickshaw driver broke a 117-year-old record when he surpassed AEJ Collin’s 628 not out on Monday.advertisementThe coach of KC Gandhi High School (for which Pranav plays) has however come under heavy criticism for steamrolling much weaker opponents. After bowling Arya Gurukul out for 32, KC Gandhi HS piled up 1465. Arya Gurukul fielded a bunch of 11-year-olds after their senior team opted down due to school examinations.last_img