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Karnataka's Prakhar Chaturvedi Beats Yuvraj Singh's 24-year-old Record In The Cooch Behar Trophy Final

The protagonist in MS Dhoni's movie, famously says, "Bahut mara, dhaaga khol diya ek dum (He smashed us all over the park)" about Yuvraj Singh's 358 runs in the Cooch Behar Trophy final between Punjab and Bihar.

Twenty-four years later, in the 2023–24 final, Prakhar Chaturvedi of Karnataka defeated the Mumbai squad with an undefeated 404.

For over twenty years, Yuvraj's 358 at Keenan Stadium stood as the record for the highest individual score in a Cooch Behar Trophy final.

Karnataka won the first innings thanks to a brilliant knock from Prakhar after Mumbai was knocked out for 380 runs while batting first. Karnataka scored 890 runs with the loss of 8 wickets. In the 2011–12 season, Vijay Zol's 451 not-out for Maharashtra versus Assam is the tournament record for the highest individual score.

Prakhar's mother, Rupa Chaturvedi, is a technical officer in the Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO). And his father, Sanjay Chaturvedi, is a software engineer who operates his start-up. Mr Chaturvedi said that they are from Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh, but they have spent the better part of the last 20 years living in Bengaluru.

Since he is an IIT BHU alumni, he naturally wanted Prakhar to concentrate on his studies, but over the last several years, cricket has gained precedence in Prakhar's life. Prakhar studied economics in Class XII and is currently in the first year of a BA program, according to Chaturvedi.

Prakhar used to play cricket like all the other kids in the apartment. "Why don't you put your son in an academy? He hits well," a gentleman from the society once said to Prakhar's father. That gentleman's son was a cricket player, too.

They transferred him to SIX Cricket Academy in 2017. The Padukone-Dravid Centre of Sports Excellence in Bangalore is home to SIX. Prakhar has been the state representative for U-16 and U-19. The gentleman remarks, "It is encouraging to see that Prakhar is succeeding in cricket, a sport to which Prakhar is devoted.”

Prakhar has been schooled for the last six years by former Karnataka captain and coach K Jeshwant, who thinks this blow will silence all his detractors.

The youngster faced numerous challenges. Prakhar was having trouble getting on the state U-19 squad. Few individuals have faith in his abilities. Prakhar has been an excellent player for us, Jeswanth comments.

Prakhar wasn't chosen for U-19 or U-16 either. To convince the selectors that he was a talented cricket player, Jeswanth had to put on a show for them. Jeswanth was aware that there was a fierce rivalry.

It's not the selectors' fault. A coach or selector must have a vision to assess a player's potential; statistics, even those generated by a computer, are not reliable enough.

Prakhar was doing a performance, but he was not selected; they would give different explanations. Jeswanth continues, “Prakhar has now demonstrated his capabilities.”

Jeswanth believes the opener has a great head on his shoulder and can succeed in all three formats. The opener has shown great patience during his 638 balls at the crease.

Prakhar's father acknowledges his son’s dedication, who commuted approximately 100 miles daily to play cricket. The academy is located in Devanahalli, 50 miles distant from Electronic City, where we dwell.

It resembles the opposite side of town. He has done hard work. The match was shown on TV as well. “Majaa aaya kaafi, bahut maara isne (Fantastic, he performed so brilliantly),” Chaturvedi exclaims.

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