Pretoria: He might have missed out on the world record for the highest list A score, but Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan is not complaining as he is glad to have become only the third Indian cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to get a double hundred in a 50-over game.
“I was aware of the record and it felt really special to score these runs,” Dhawan said after India A’s 39-run win over South Africa A which took them to the tri-series final against Australia A. The final will be played on Wednesday.
“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. “It did cross my mind that I joined Sachin paaji and Viru paaji in scoring a double century in a one-day game,” he added.
Dhawan toppled quite a few batting records en route to his way to a 150-ball knock of 248 runs. He overtook Virender Sehwag’s 219 in an ODI against West Indies in 2011 to register the highest List A score by an Indian.
He became the third Indian, after Sachin Tendulkar and Sehwag to score a double century in a 50-over match. Dhawan's 248 also became the second highest List A score of all time, after England's Alistair Brown’s 268.
Dhawan, who smashed his way to a 187-run knock on Test debut earlier this year, said Sunday’s knock was very special.
“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,” Dhawan said.
The left-handed opener, however, kept things in perspective and said the knocks by Tendulkar and Sehwag had a bigger context. “...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,” Dhawan said.
Asked to pick his favourite among the three. Dhawan said, “I’ve always loved watching Sachin paaji and Viru paaji bat. But I love my batting as well.” (PTI)