Dhawan ‘special’ double flays South Africa A

If Shikhar Dhawan’s appetite for food was as large as his desire for a big score they’d have to wheel him out to bat. He made an A team record score of 248 off 150 balls, now the second-highest List A score ever, in a 39-run win over South Africa A in Pretoria on Monday.

Virender Sehwag at Adelaide Oval

Virender Sehwag was previously the highest scoring one-day Indian with 219 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 11-year-old record of the highest List A score - 268 made by Ali Brown for Surrey against Glamorgan at The Oval must have been shaking in its boots.

Along the way he shared a stand of 285 with Pujara (109 off 97) in 33.2 overs. 220 of that partnership were struck by the 27-year-old left-hander.

Dhawan is the third Indian to score a one-day double with the other two occurring in international fixtures. Sachin Tendulkar was the first with 200 against South Africa in 2009/10. Virender Sehwag beat that in 2011/12 when he cracked 219 against West Indies.

In reply Reeza Hendricks and Vaughn van Jaarsveld both made centuries, but South Africa A’s 394 all out was not enough.

“I was aware of the record and it felt really special to score these runs,” Dhawan told bcci.tv after the match. “When I got out in the 44th over it occurred to me that if I had batted till the end I had a chance to score a triple hundred. I am happy with what I scored though,” he said.

“I especially enjoyed it as it came against a South African side in their own backyard. They are very tough to play at home and they play good quality cricket,” he added.

“It did cross my mind that I joined Sachin paaji and Viru paaji in scoring a double century in a one-day game,” he gushed. “A couple of years ago I scored 184 against South Africa A and I’m glad that I could get past the 200-run mark this time.

“However, those were two of the greatest innings in cricket history and they came at the international level. So, they are much bigger than my innings,” he concluded.

James Buttler

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