Famous all-rounder Yuvraj Singh proclaimed Indian cricket’s future when he lauded Karnataka batter Prakhar Chaturvedi for his tremendous 404-run innings in the Cooch Behar Trophy final.
At Shivamogga’s KSCA Navule Stadium on Monday, January 15, Prakhar produced an innings reminiscent of Brian Lara by scoring the first-ever quadruple century. Prakhar broke the previous record for highest individual score in the event final, which was 358 runs.
Yuvraj achieved a new record in the last match between Bihar and Punjab, scoring 358 runs. He kept this record for twenty-four years. The match in which MS Dhoni, India’s former captain, was bowling Bihar’s bowlers for runs also included Yuvraj. The young Karnataka player has surpassed Yuvraj’s record with 404 runs.
Yuvraj Singh addressed the child’s unprecedented feat on ‘X’. He couldn’t contain his pleasure at the occasion and couldn’t stop gushing over Prakhar, claiming that Indian cricket is in excellent hands under Prakhar’s leadership. Yuvraj made a statement on ‘X’ about how he is glad to watch records being broken and how well-handled Indian cricket is.
Karnataka beat Mumbai by an innings in their encounter. Karnataka achieved an astounding 890 for 8 after batting for 223 overs. Mumbai lost their second match by a score of 380 runs. The event was a showcase for the flexibility of Karnataka’s Samit Dravid, son of Rahul Dravid. He took two wickets and scored 22 runs in the competition.
Using 638 balls, Prakhar hit 46 fours and three sixes in his tremendous performance. Prakhar had the second-highest individual score in the competition with 404, behind only Maharashtra’s Vijay Zol’s 451 versus Assam in the 2011–12 season.
Despite Prakhar’s exclusion from the Indian U-19 Cricket World Cup squad, his exceptional performance has ensured that selectors will be closely watching him. The selection of the teenager for Karnataka’s Ranji Trophy team this year would be an extraordinary development.
On a surface that became more batting-friendly during the first day, Prakhar was perfect. At the fold, he lingered at leisure. On the final day, he had lunch at 299.
He regained his composure and calmly batted through nineteen dot balls, reaching 300 runs with a single. Despite scoring 300 runs off of 543 deliveries, 104 of those runs came in a very short 95 balls.
Prakhar, who opted to finish his secondary school via open enrollment in order to devote more time to cricket, once said, “Red-ball cricket for me is all about patience.” His batting speed was being referred to here. Despite my self-assurance when it comes to hitting the ball far, I’ve discovered that the longer format necessitates keeping the ball low. I struck my targets after giving the matter my entire attention.
K Jeshwanth, a former captain of Karnataka and current coach at Bengaluru’s Six Cricket Academy (a branch of the Padukone-Dravid Centre of Excellence), said, “I’m not surprised by his achievement because he is blessed with good technique and backs it with unconditional hard work.” He is so good at it that he can switch it up and play in different ways. Being an energetic batter, he may be written all over. Despite the 100-kilometer trek, Prakhar exercises at the academy daily.