<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/uttarakhand">Uttarakhand</a>'s <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/karanveer-kaushal">Karanveer Kaushal</a> became the first batsman to register a double century in the history of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Vijay-Hazare-Trophy-2018-19">Vijay Hazare Trophy</a>, Indian domestic cricket s Premier List-A tournament. Kaushal's double ton took 132 deliveries to come, against Sikkim, in just his seventh List-A game as Uttarakhand finished their innings at 366/2. Fellow opener <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/vineet-saxena">Vineet Saxena</a> also helping himself to a century. <p></p> <p></p>Kaushal and Saxena added 296 runs for the opening wicket, which is another record. They surpassed the 277-mark that Shikhar Dhawan and Aakash Chopra had put on for Delhi against Punjab in 2007-08. <p></p> <p></p>Playing his first Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament, Kaushal s maiden double-century is now the highest individual score in the tournament s 26-year-old history, overtaking Ajinkya Rahane s 187 for Mumbai against Maharashtra during the 2017-2018 season. It took Kaushal 38 balls to bring up his half-century and took another 32 to bring up his 100. He smashed 18 boundaries and nine sixes during his 135-ball knock at a strike rate touching 150. He was eventually dismissed for 202 in the 47th over to Mandup Bhutia. <p></p> <p></p>This is Kaushal s third century of the season, having scored 101 against Puducherry, followed by 118 against Mizoram, making him the second-highest run-getter this season. In seven games, Kaushal has 467 runs at an average of 77.83 and a strike rate of 122.25, next only to Punit Bisht s tally of 488 runs. <p></p> <p></p>"I never thought or expected I'd get a double-century," Kaushal told <em>ESPNcricinfo</em>. "I just played as the innings went on. Only when about 30 runs were left did I think that, 'Okay, I can try for a double-century'. I felt very nice when I completed it, but I didn't know then that it was a record. I got to know that I was the first one to score a double-century after I came back to the dressing room. <p></p> <p></p>"I didn't know it was Ajinkya Rahane's record that I broke till you told me now. I didn't even know our opening partnership was a record till now." <p></p> <p></p>Kaushal revealed how he continuously tried to make it to the Uttar Pradesh team for the last 10 years without any success, and it wasn t until when Uttarakhand was declared as one of the nine new teams to feature in the Vijay Hazare Trophy that the 27-year-old got his chance. <p></p> <p></p>"I had been trying to get into the Uttar Pradesh team for the past eight to ten years without success," he said. "In the last two years, I attended some camps they held also, but never got selected. I attended their T20 camp, and also their Vijay Hazare camp. This is the first time that I'm playing at this level. This year I didn't try there, because Uttarakhand got a team. I knew that there is very tough competition in the Uttar Pradesh team, and being from Dehradun this (Uttarakhand) is my state so I knew that there will be more support here and people have seen me play cricket here."