Shikhar Dhawan’s 248 attracts attention from Surrey coach Alistair Brown

Shikhar Dhawan’s 248 for India A against South Africa A is the second highest individual score in all List A matches © Getty Images

Aug 15, 2013

Shikhar Dhawan’s exemplary knock of 248 for India A on August 12 has resulted in an invite to play for English County side Surrey by the man whose record he fell short by 20 runs, Alistair Brown. Dhawan struck those runs in exactly 150 balls against South Africa A in a one-day tri-series match in Pretoria.

Dhawan came close to eclipsing the List A record set by Brown, who scored 268 for Surrey against Glamorgan in 2002. And it is Brown, who is the coach of the second eleven of Surrey, who has handed out the invite to the Indian opener.

“I’ve no doubt Shikhar will have the opportunity in the future to target all sorts of records and I look forward to watching those innings. I’m also looking forward to BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] releasing Shikhar to play for Surrey in next year’s Twenty20,” said Brown as reported by Gulfnews.com.

“Having seen the scorecard, I feel quite fortunate that my record is still intact. I didn’t see the game in Pretoria as I am currently coaching the second eleven of Surrey and we had a game. I was kept posted it throughout the day via Twitter and Indian journalists.

“It’s good to see the likes of Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane, who impressed me at Old Trafford last year, playing with such freedom and class and just shows the depth of talent that India possesses for the coming years.

“I feel the success of the Indian Premier League has gone a long way to producing this influx of talent that India is now seeing on the world stage.”

Brown also talked about his world record knock more than a decade ago. “As for my 268, I think you have days in your career when you see the ball like a football and on this day in particular, you almost go into autopilot, especially when you’ve gone past 100 and every ball you look for a boundary as the fear of getting out has gone.

“I certainly didn’t realise the enormity of what I had done until a few days later and the expectation that came with that.

“Records are there to be broken and I firmly believe that the 203 I scored against Hampshire in 1997 in 40 overs will be broken at some point. The 268 does take it to another level but anything is possible if you only believe it.

“Some people might look back and say what if for Shikhar’s knock today. I know what that feels like having scored 176 [after 33 overs against Gloucestershire in our record-breaking team score of 496 in 2007] but you don’t look at the records… you look at how to hit a boundary off the next ball and no further.”