New Delhi: Mumbai teenager Pranav Dhanawade, who in 2016 scripted history with his 1009-run unbeaten knock in a U-16 school game, has apparently stopped playing cricket because of poor form with the bat. Pranav’s father Prashant Dhanawade, who is an auto-rickshaw driver and lives in a non-permanent house, also returned the scholarship of INR 10,000 per month given by The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) for his son’s education as well as cricket. Also Read - India vs England | Three-Match ODI Series to be Played Without Spectators Due to Spike in COVID-19 Cases
Prashant wrote to the MCA to stop the scholarship which was given to Pranav and mentioned that they can start the scholarship once his son gets back in form. “We are thankful for the scholarship that the MCA announced when he created a world record with his unbeaten 1009. Since Pranav has not performed to expectations in the last one and a half years, it is not right for us to accept the MCA scholarship. If Pranav performs well later, the MCA can think of awarding him a scholarship. As of now, I request you to discontinue it with immediate effect,” said Pranav’s father. Also Read - Lenders 'symbolically' take over MCA's cricket stadium in Pune
Pranav was also left out of MCA’s U16 side because of the considerable dip in form while Air India and the Dadar Union even stopped allowing the promising youngster to access to their nets for practice. Pranav also went to Bengaluru to train and meet India U-19 coach Rahul Dravid but returned with low on confidence. Also Read - SC adjourns BCCI hearing on Lodha reforms until July 4
Pranav’s coach Mobin Sheikh feels that the youngster has lost his focus due to too much of media attention said that they are doing everything to motivate the 16-year-old and revive his game. “We all are motivating him. The main thing is that he seems to have lost his focus. Constant criticism also has been one of the key factors for his decline. But I am hopeful that Pranav will reorganize himself and deliver good cricket from the next year,” Sheikh said.