Karnataka U-19 player Prakhar Chaturvedi, who smashed a record 404* against Mumbai U-19 in the Cooch Behar Trophy final on Monday, said that while batting, he made Mumbai players wonder whether he’d beat their team’s first innings total. However, Mumbai had scored 380 and Chaturvedi helped Karnataka post a massive total of 890/8.
He became the first player to score a 400 in the Cooch Behar Trophy, breaking former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh’s previous best record of 358 in 2000 as well. He also became just the second player to score a quadruple-ton at the U-19 level as well. With the knock, he sealed the win for his team based on the big first-innings lead.
“It feels really great that I have been able to perform in this kind of a match. It was a big game for us and everyone had come to watch it. Scoring 404 is a very proud moment for me. Mumbai wale yahi bol rahe the ki humara score na beat karde (laughs) (The Mumbai players were saying what if he beats our team total?),” Prakhar Chaturvedi told CricketNext in an interview.
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Karnataka's Prakhar Chaturvedi becomes the first player to score 400 in the final of #CoochBehar Trophy with his splendid 404* knock against Mumbai.
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However, Prakhar Chaturvedi also opened up on his friendship with teammate Samit Dravid, the son of India men’s head coach Rahul Dravid, and his interactions with the legendary Indian batter as well.
“I have been playing with Samit since U10. I have known him for a very long time, we are very close and in fact, we have had some good partnerships as well during the academy games or club games. This is the first time we are playing for the state together. I have met Rahul sir four to five times. I have had a chat with him quite a number of times. He has told me one thing that whenever you practice in the nets, just imagine that you are playing in a match situation. Ask the bowlers their field placements and play accordingly,” Prakhar Chaturvedi concluded.