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Shikhar Dhawan slammed 248 runs off 150 balls against South Africa A on Monday © AFP (file photo)

Aug 13, 2013

Shikhar Dhawan’s monumental 248 off 150 balls made him the Indian to record the highest score in List A career overtaking his Delhi teammate Virender Sehwag who had scored 219 for India against West Indies in 2011. Dhawan however reckoned that he had a chance to score a triple hundred.

The sensational knock gave India A a 39-run win and assured them an entry in the final of the tri-series where they will lock horns with Australia A (a team against whom India A have lost both their round-robin matches). Dhawan rated his innings as special and told bcci.tv: “I was aware of the record and it felt really special to score these runs.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.”

Dhawan, who missed the all-time record, set by Ali Brown, 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,” Dhawan rightly said, given the bowling attack comprised internationals of the likes of Juan Theron, Roelof van der Merwe and Justin Ontong.”

Dhawan is honoured that he is bracketed alongside Sachin Tendulkar and Sehwag. He was quick to dismiss the possibility of comparison with Tendulkar and Sehwag. “It did cross my mind that I joined Sachin paaji and Viru paaji in scoring a double-century in a one-day game,” Dhawan said. “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.

“I’ve always loved watching Sachin paaji and Viru paaji bat,” said Dhawan, on being asked about which of the three-double tons [Tendulkar’s, Sehwag’s or his] he enjoyed “But I love my batting as well. So, it’s difficult for me to pick one favourite knock of the three.”

Dhawan talks responsibly about his batting which reflects his attitude — which has seen his amazing rise at the international circuit. “I had scored 85 in the previous match and I wanted to score a big hundred for the team because our batsmen were all getting out in the 80s and 90s,” he said. “A big century was necessary for giving a good total to the team. Once I crossed the 100, I was in a different flow. I thought I made smart choice of shots and things went my way.”

The match was not telecasted on television thus it robbed the countrymen from seeing Dhawan’s quality knock. He regards this knock special.

He said: “This will remain one of my favourite matches because I scored 200 for the first time in a 50-over game. Unfortunately it didn’t come live on the television but that’s fine because I loved batting.”