Arjun Tendulkar and Pranav Dhanawade, arguably the most famous cricketing kids in the country, are in the news again. But the reason is, quite frankly, ridiculous. For starters, this is the image that is circulating on social media. Fair chance that you have already received it on some Whatsapp group of yours.
Speaking to Firstpost, Pranav's father Prashant Dhanawade explained:
The selection for Mumbai's U-16 team happened before Pranav's record. They had also played a few matches. So since Pranav didn't feature for the Mumbai U-16 team, he cannot be a part of the West zone side, that's the procedure.
Pranav, who recently turned 16, played that innings of 1009 *AFTER* the Mumbai team had been selected, thereby rendering him ineligible for selection while Arjun was already part of the team.
Classic case of facts coming in the way of a good 'story'!
Thankfully, it sounds like people surrounding Pranav, like his father and coach, have reacted very sensibly to the incident, calling for calm.
Mubin Sheikh, Dhanawade's coach told DNA, "Pranav still has time. Maybe another two years to even make it to the U-19 team. We don't need to pressurise him. Just let him enjoy the game."
Pranav's father also said that the two kids are good friends, which we hope, remains the same way.
These kids are going to under enough scrutiny as such, and the last thing they need is for fabricated stories to come in the way of their careers.