Bibhu Prasad Ray

‘Records are meant to be broken’. An 18-year-old youth, Prakhar Chaturvedi etched his name in the record books by scoring a quadruple century (404*) off 638 balls in the final of the U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy against Mumbai.

During this marathon innings, he smoked 46 fours and three maximums as he showed great skill and temperament to break the record of legend Yuvraj Singh’s 358 runs which he scored against Bihar in the final of Coach Behar Trophy in 1999. 

He was equally supported by Karthik S U, Chaturvedi, and Harshil Dharmani (169) as they played significant knocks which propelled Karnataka’s innings to end at 890/8 at the end of 223 overs. He also made notable stands with Samit Dravid and Karthikeya KP.

"He's a great example for players who get dejected when they miss the India selection for the Under-19 World Cup. I won't be surprised if he gets called into the senior Karnataka squad almost immediately," K Jeshwant, Prakhar Chaturvedi's coach said.

Coming from a family with high academic values, his father is a software engineer and his mother is a scientist in DRDO. Prakhar Chaturvedi had to travel 80 km from his home to his academy in Devanahalli, Bengaluru, which showed that he has a high amount of dedication to playing cricket. 

"Kids at that age sometimes need validation that they're good. After beating Yuvraj Singh's record, am sure he'll know he has landed and that he belongs to another level. The best part is Prakhar is just the tip of the iceberg," his coach added.

His knock of 404* has placed him in the second position of the overall highest scores in the Coach Behar Trophy. Vijay Zol tops the chart with 451* that he scored against Assam in 2011-12.

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