Bangladesh v Australia, 2nd ODI, Mirpur April 11, 2011

Dizzy 201*, Watto 185*

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For five years Jason Gillespie has strutted about as the sole claimant to the title of most memorable Australian innings in Bangladesh. Not anymore.

Gillespie's 201 not out in the second Test in Chittagong in 2006 remains a most remarkable effort, and even now the proud nightwatchman still signs his autograph as a cheeky 'Dizzy 201'. The fact it arrived in a Test will also ensure it as revered - or jokingly reviled if you were one of Gillespie's team-mates - for as long as Australians play cricket. But Shane Watson's pulverising, unbeaten 185 to secure a series victory over Bangladesh in Mirpur was so compelling, even with the caveat of a compliant Bangladesh attack, that it should not sit a million miles from Gillespie's double century.

"It's amazing that Jason Gillespie, for how amazing a bowler he was, he still signs his name 'Dizzy 201', so it's nice I've been able to do this," Watson said. "It's my first tour of Bangladesh so it's nice to be able to come and try to show your skills to different people, [and have] people appreciate what you do; so that's a nice bonus to having a good day. It's just one of those days where everything that you try comes out of the middle of the bat, a mis-hit goes into the gap or you get dropped.

"The reason I kept going after [reaching] 100 is because I was tired, and I didn't really want to run too much; I was either going to try to hit as many sixes as I could or get out because I was pretty tired, that was as simple as it was. It was hot and humid out there, so it was nice to be able to get a few out of the middle to save my running."

As an allrounder and now the team's vice-captain, fatigue is an ever-present issue for Watson, and he revealed his preference for batting second in limited-overs contests.

"It's always actually easier batting second; although you do get pretty hot from bowling first, it means I can actually get through my batting innings knowing I don't have to bowl next and don't have to use my energy," Watson said.

"So my preferred way of playing one-day cricket personally, is actually batting second because you don't need the energy. If it comes off like it did today, I don't have to run too much. So it was definitely nice today."

Watson was playing in Hamilton in 2007 when Matthew Hayden smote the previous Australian record for an ODI innings, an effort that was ultimately overshadowed by a furious New Zealand run-chase. This time there was no doubt about the decisive nature of the innings.

Australia's pre-series planning had focused on the volume of left-arm spin to be bowled by the home side, and Watson used the angle into him to powerful effect by swinging all his 15 sixes into the arc between square leg and straight mid on.

"Some of the balls [that] I did hit over the leg side weren't that [leg side], it was more so the length that meant I could hit [so]," he said. "But then also I was targeting the short side as well, so I was batting on off stump to try to get it over to the leg side. When the ball's not turning and bouncing like it can here, it makes that shot a lot easier to execute. If it's turning and bouncing that shot's a lot harder."

At the other end, Ricky Ponting watched with admiration, perhaps reminded of his two domineering innings in Johannesburg in 2003 and 2006. "[It] made my job easy," Ponting said. "[I] just had to get a single to give him strike.

"No one expected it to get over that fast. I have been lucky to play with some great players; Watto has played some great innings ... this was an amazing innings. Some of those sixes would have cleared any boundary in the world. It probably won't sink into us for a while now, how good that [innings] was."

As for Bangladesh, the local reaction was best summed up by a wry question lobbed Watson's way as he discussed the innings with the media: "What did you have for lunch today?"

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Meety on April 14, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    @harshalb - umm what about Zimbabwe???? The Bangas are far ahead of Zimbabwe, yes I want to see Ireland in the 2015 WC - yes I'd like to see them get Test status, but not at the detriment of the Bangas. I want to see Tamim, Nafees, Rahim, Shakib & Mahmudullah playing top flight cricket.

  • DamieninFrance on April 13, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    How is it that a match involving Australia and Bangladesh, where a cavalier innings is the match-winner, ends up being high-jacked by an Indian fan trying to justify his devotion for another cricketer? Seriously, there are other countries and cricketers in the world with talent! Surprising as it may seem, others are interested in the cricket world outside of India.

  • corbies93 on April 13, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    It may not even be the best innings watson has played. He made 160 odd against england in the australian summer when they were chasing over 300. I would rate that innings higher than the bangladesh innings.

  • vipinchaudhary2325 on April 12, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    Dont know what does he eat before coming to Bat... 15th sixes... u need some power and stamina to play dat kind of innings... Watson was looking gud for even a score of 250, is target was much more den 230+

  • gargi_vizag on April 12, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    it was a pity that Aussies were chasing a small total....if they had batted first with Watson in that kind of form, i wud believe Lara's 400 cud have been under threat....great innings

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on April 12, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    wonderful effort by Watto. If he goes on like this, Kallis may not remain the numero uno allrounder for long.

  • drvivek71179 on April 12, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    everybody saying BD dont deserve to be playing tests....but they clean sweep NZ at home...beat england in wc....they are not a big team but they r progressing...tamim is good batsman....shakib according to icc is no. 1 allrounder....abdur razzak is also in top ten bowlers not far back....what WI doing better than BD to be a test playing nation.....this WC there performance is not that good as expected....but the same can happen to any team....ind and pak are out of wc 2007 in league state....bangladesh is not that strong but deserving to play at the highest level...they beat each of the test playing nation....india and srlanka twice newzeland 5 times WI 3 times Aus and SA once...

  • on April 12, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    @tim72 - no argument on your choice of bowler there! I was just trying to show that claiming the opponent is weaker does not necessarily devalue the effort / skill in the performance. Back on topic, Watson's innings is one of the great ones given the stats he put up. The job still had to be done, and he did it. The highest score is also not necessarily always the best innings. Look at Lara's 400 in test cricket, even he admits that his double century against Australia in Sydney was better.

  • on April 12, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Hey guys maybe someone will break Sachin's double century record. but all of you remember that no body can break sachin's 18000+ score in dream however in reality.

  • harshalb on April 12, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    We need to bring Ireland in place of Bangladesh. For all the support and money Bangla received, they continue to be abject and their standard keeps plunging. Their presence in the test and ODI arena poses a serious threat that the time honored sacred records of cricket will be obliterated by a series of mediocre ones built upon the pathetic skills of this minnow. It was a mistake to admit them and it is a mistake to keep them. Their only contribution is to strengthen the South Asian block of votes in the ICC. They continue to be worse than even state or county or Ranji sides, there is simply no justification for them to remain in the field. If they continue then cricket will get buried under a pile of nonsense records and past and future achievements and statistics which occupy such an important place in cricket more than any other sport will be tarnished forever. ICC needs to throw them out and also annul all the recrods involving Bangla.

  • Meety on April 14, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    @harshalb - umm what about Zimbabwe???? The Bangas are far ahead of Zimbabwe, yes I want to see Ireland in the 2015 WC - yes I'd like to see them get Test status, but not at the detriment of the Bangas. I want to see Tamim, Nafees, Rahim, Shakib & Mahmudullah playing top flight cricket.

  • DamieninFrance on April 13, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    How is it that a match involving Australia and Bangladesh, where a cavalier innings is the match-winner, ends up being high-jacked by an Indian fan trying to justify his devotion for another cricketer? Seriously, there are other countries and cricketers in the world with talent! Surprising as it may seem, others are interested in the cricket world outside of India.

  • corbies93 on April 13, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    It may not even be the best innings watson has played. He made 160 odd against england in the australian summer when they were chasing over 300. I would rate that innings higher than the bangladesh innings.

  • vipinchaudhary2325 on April 12, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    Dont know what does he eat before coming to Bat... 15th sixes... u need some power and stamina to play dat kind of innings... Watson was looking gud for even a score of 250, is target was much more den 230+

  • gargi_vizag on April 12, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    it was a pity that Aussies were chasing a small total....if they had batted first with Watson in that kind of form, i wud believe Lara's 400 cud have been under threat....great innings

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on April 12, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    wonderful effort by Watto. If he goes on like this, Kallis may not remain the numero uno allrounder for long.

  • drvivek71179 on April 12, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    everybody saying BD dont deserve to be playing tests....but they clean sweep NZ at home...beat england in wc....they are not a big team but they r progressing...tamim is good batsman....shakib according to icc is no. 1 allrounder....abdur razzak is also in top ten bowlers not far back....what WI doing better than BD to be a test playing nation.....this WC there performance is not that good as expected....but the same can happen to any team....ind and pak are out of wc 2007 in league state....bangladesh is not that strong but deserving to play at the highest level...they beat each of the test playing nation....india and srlanka twice newzeland 5 times WI 3 times Aus and SA once...

  • on April 12, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    @tim72 - no argument on your choice of bowler there! I was just trying to show that claiming the opponent is weaker does not necessarily devalue the effort / skill in the performance. Back on topic, Watson's innings is one of the great ones given the stats he put up. The job still had to be done, and he did it. The highest score is also not necessarily always the best innings. Look at Lara's 400 in test cricket, even he admits that his double century against Australia in Sydney was better.

  • on April 12, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Hey guys maybe someone will break Sachin's double century record. but all of you remember that no body can break sachin's 18000+ score in dream however in reality.

  • harshalb on April 12, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    We need to bring Ireland in place of Bangladesh. For all the support and money Bangla received, they continue to be abject and their standard keeps plunging. Their presence in the test and ODI arena poses a serious threat that the time honored sacred records of cricket will be obliterated by a series of mediocre ones built upon the pathetic skills of this minnow. It was a mistake to admit them and it is a mistake to keep them. Their only contribution is to strengthen the South Asian block of votes in the ICC. They continue to be worse than even state or county or Ranji sides, there is simply no justification for them to remain in the field. If they continue then cricket will get buried under a pile of nonsense records and past and future achievements and statistics which occupy such an important place in cricket more than any other sport will be tarnished forever. ICC needs to throw them out and also annul all the recrods involving Bangla.

  • Biggus on April 12, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Watson's innings is surely one of the great one day knocks, but let's just hold off on calling Watson a great, that's just silly at this point. He's had a good couple of years and may well continue to do so, we Aussies will certainly hope so, but the history of cricket is littered with players who lit the world up for a little while and I would suggest that we all just sit back and see what happens. I'm not suggesting a result either way, just that we enjoy his present good form without going overboard.

  • fatboy23 on April 12, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    What an innings ... absolutely delighted to watch... felt like watching highlights but it was the actual games... there were few singles here and there but everthing else was super shots... It was pleasant to watch ... absolutely entertaining

  • amarjeet3007 on April 12, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    Fantastic Innings.Cirtainly great inning.Rajasthan Royals will be very happy to see this.

  • zamith on April 12, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    @MinusZero well true Watto smashed Bangladesh who is a weaker opponent than S.Africa. In that case we need to take two more factors into consideration. 1) Sachin was playing at home while Watto was playing away (infact an aussie in the subcontinent). 2) Indian pitches are flat feather beds, whereas the Bangla pitch is a lot more difficult to score runs, a type of sluggish wickets prepared to suit the bangla spinners. So in effect you are putting a South African seam attack on an Indian flat pitch vs. Bangladeshi spin attack on a Bangladeshi spin friendly wicket. So dont take credit away from either men. Both played brilliantly and the fact is had watto had more runs to play with he would have beaten Sachins record by a yard.

  • Dashgar on April 12, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    If this series was played against Ireland then Watson would make 3 double centuries.

  • on April 12, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    Great Knock by Watto, Keep Rocking, Go Aussie Go!!!

  • Punxsutawny_Phil on April 12, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    So the basic rule for cricinfo comments is that every innings ever played will be forever compared to Sachin the deity? Is it impossible to simply appreciate the innings for what it is- and for what Watson himself acknowledged- "It's just one of those days where everything that you try comes out of the middle of the bat". Odds are, any skilled batsman who plays the way Watto plays- Gilchrist, Sehwag, Jayasuriya and yes, Sachin- will have a day or two like that. I enjoyed all of them, even those ones where our boys were on the receiving end.

    On a seperate note, the Irish should be crying into their Guinness that full member status isn't subject to an EPL style relegation system.

  • on April 12, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    Wow!! can you imagine the onslaught Bangladeshis would have faced. I am Indian and will not do any justice as a Cricket fan if not praise Shane's effort. Pitty that I could not see the match. This is once is lifetime as rightly pointed out by some one. Bravo Shane, you are one of the greats as I always admire. Keep your head down and carry on with the good work. Greats do not always need to be admired by everyone. Only few true sports loving fans like me are more than sufficient to motivate you to take bigger leaps in your career.

  • on April 12, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    sadly it was an immature comment to say he was tired, not wat i would like to here from watson as he is the vice captain, that is the sort of thing heard in junior cricket

  • DaveId on April 12, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    Why does everything have to be about Tendulkar? Great innings, fun to watch, end of story. Nothing to do with Tendulkar.

  • cricketsage on April 12, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    Saeed Anwar's 194 against India has to be one of the best one day innings ever. Ganguly scoring 180+ was a treat to watch. Unfortunately, missed Sachin's double when he beat Saeed's record, so cannot comment on that. Kudos to Watson, he will regret not beating Sachin's record but Bangladesh just did not have enough runs on the board for him to do so !

  • on April 12, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    The bowling attack wasn't bad! their slow left armers are amongst the best in the world! It was just good batting I guess. And the ground wasn't a small one

  • on April 12, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    Regardless of who it was played against, for a batsman to score as much as watson did in as Few balls is amazing, he blasted the ball everywhere and I bet the crowd loved it, Watson is a fantastic cricketer and is always so consistent, Its a matter of time before he is Australia's next captain, Its good to see clark playing well recently aswell

  • on April 12, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    so because tendulkar got 200 against south africa does that mean that watson's innings isn't impressive. Just because someone did better than him doesn't mean you can't praise him.Minus zero your post about sachin's being more credible is stupid because no one said watsons was better and if we were batting first he could have beaten it and you would be whining how tendulkar is still better. of course he is but it isn't that hard to give credit to an australian even if you do hate us.

  • on April 12, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    @MinusZero Watson took the chance and has demolished them in a way no other batsman was able too. Sachin has played Bangladesh before and he has played many great innings... but I have never seen him do what Watson did.

  • redneck on April 11, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    great knock by watto! what a strike rate! even if it did come against bangledesh, its not like he the first person to benifit from playing them. @tim72 you need to follow your own advice! murali took 89 wickets against bangledesh and another 87 against zimbabwe giving murali 624 wickets against real opposition. if you take the the 17 wickets warne took against the same opposition away from his 708 you get 691. how do you figure murali being way ahead?????

  • Betting on April 11, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    I think Watson's comment about being how tired he was is the proof that he shouldn't be opening in tests. If he gets tired like this in the one-day game how must he feel in the five day format? In the longer game surely it is necessary to keep yourself as fresh as possible to give the game your best. Hopefully the selectors noticed this comment and give thought to putting him back down the order in tests.

  • MinusZero on April 11, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    But its against Bangladesh..... I have seen people say that its a shame he couldn't have beaten Sachin's 200*, but Sachin did it against South Africa. Even the most die hard supporter would have to agree that South Africa is a vastly better opposition than Bangladesh thus the innings of 200 is much more credible.

  • on April 11, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    i totally agree with Mike Dewis, that knock of watson's was one off the greatest,regardless of how the bowling was....... he deserves all credit...

  • Skott on April 11, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    How many world class batsmen have gone out to face Bangladesh and not scored 100? Or even 50? If you use the 'It's just Bangladesh' argument then you should be surprised when the openers don't go out there and reach the end of the fifty overs (or the declaration point in a test) unbeaten. Give Watson some credit.

  • tim72 on April 11, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    @Stuart Cameron...you need to check the stats right her on cricinfo about warne and murali. take the minnows out of the equation and murali still comes out way ahead..not only in wickets but also in averages. and im a proud aussie cricket fan. best bowler ive seen is neither murali or warne..it was mcgrath.

  • avmd on April 11, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    Absolutely pathetic bowling. Let BD and Zimb, compete with Ireland, Netherland and other "minnows" to earn two final spots in 2015 WC. They are not going to improve. Dizzi's 200 and now Watto's 15 sixes, a joke. My old club in Lahore had far better bowling attack than BD. My school team could have beaten them on a good day.

  • on April 11, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    Forget what Watto had for lunch ... I want to know about his hot dinner date & why he wanted to finish the game off early!!

  • bigwonder on April 11, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Why is everyone so worried about Sachin's record of 200? I am sure it will be broken one of these days. What will matter is that who will break it and against which team. Be it Bangladesh (one of lowest ranked in ICC one-day team) or SA (one with the best bowling attack in the world) will show the real batting power and class.

  • Muhammad_Zahid on April 11, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    What about the 194 by Saeed Anwar.you are not saying only because that was also against the poor bowling attack. It was some 15 years back when big scores were not common... I think that was also one of the great innings....

  • SRT_GENIUS on April 11, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Top 20 of most sixes in an innings list is littered with allrounders and WK-batsmen. Suggests that pure batsmen tend to cut down on the aerial route even when the conditions allow. Maybe T20 will change all that.

  • GasPipe on April 11, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Oh jason Gillespie, you so funnee! Well at least they've all got a healthy sense of humour which is good to see. congratulations Watson on the innings, I have a feeling that one day you'll break 200.

  • Kaze on April 11, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    At the rate he was going, 300 or 400 was possible. Would have been ridiculous to see, Test best 400 ODI best 400 :))

  • gothetaniwha on April 11, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Super innings Watto - probably the best 1 day innings since Richards 189no vs ENG 1984 . Its a pity BD could not scored another 20 runs and erased Sachin record , don,t think it will last long - Heres hoping Punter keeps playing for 3-4 years still far and away best AUS batsmen , and looks extremely trim and fit unlike Sachin .

  • on April 11, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    To all you who can't bare comparison with Sachin, stop! Today was ONE OF the great ODI innings, as was Sachin's 200, Gibbs 175, V.Richards' 189 etc. All of them great. Today, that was incredible.

  • Gocool87 on April 11, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    Congrats watto...!!! Common bangladesh common...Teams like Ireland are dying for a future in WC's n test but u r letting ur country down.. I kno this is tougher but fight hard...

    @Wahaj Hashmi. More you work hard more u get luckier. Don't forget sachin got out in 90's for around 10 time in ODI's alone.. Lucky then??

  • mjroyal on April 11, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    thanks bangladesh for aggregating only 232 runs, otherwise sachin's record of 200 runs was in danger.lol. anyway great iiniing by watto.

  • on April 11, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    It's a tricky game when you start comparing individual knocks and asking who's is better? Best to appreciate the innings of Watson's for what it is, a tremendous effort, and just because Sachin got 200 does not necessarily mean it is the greatest one day innings. I am not advocating that Watson's is better, they are both unique in their own way. Whilst on the subject of "weaker" oppositions...using the same argument as has been touted in these comments can it be said that Warne is a better bowler than Murali because of the amount of wickets Murali got against the "weaker" opposition of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe? Food for thought!

  • ansram on April 11, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Poor BD. They were bowled out for less than 100 twice in the WC and now their bowling torn apart. Can't imagine how much Aussie would have managed if they had batted first like this. Aus 520-4; Watttto-345 no with 25 sixes!!

  • on April 11, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    its SEHWAG who scored 175 in the Opening World cup Game ! WATSON was gud but he can only Score dis High amt of runs against the Weaker teams !

    plz dnt COMPARE dis with SACHIN TENDULKAR's 200 ! every Centuries 4m Tendulkar is better than dat !

  • on April 11, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    If scoring185 or 200 against minnows was that easy, then we would have seen many such scores by now as all teams get a chance to play against Kenya or Bangladesh etc. his innings was too good. The way he was playing, he would have scored a century against any team today (May not be 185). Just appretiate the innings and get over with it. To all those who think Sachin is just too lucky and with no talent, Do you guys really love cricket??? Barring all his records just watch the guy time the ball and place it the gaps. You will all regret when he is gone like I miss Lara. We are all lucky to have him in India and have more respect for him being that humble.

  • Elmoz on April 11, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Sure its a 'Once -in-a-lifetime' knock by Watson but even if Bangla had scored 40-50 runs more, I dont think Watson would have been fortunate enough to raised his bat to signify 200 because Saeed Anwar and Charles Coventry had almost reached but destiny had something else in mind. So, its not all about hitting and luck. There are some things which can never be beaten just like Don's average. Its the same with Sachin...DESTINY

  • mighty_cricket_lover on April 11, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    u jus cant say Watson's knock is not of good quality jus bcoz it came against Bangladesh. Even sachin didnot score 200 against Bangladesh, so do u accept that Bangladesh's is better than SA's. Every match is different in its own conditions. A record is a record. crazy fans of sachin running after his name blindly. remember guys cricket is not only about sachin, he is just a part of cricket. He is jus ordinary who nvr performed when d needed him to do so. Watch d WC finals 2003 and 2011.

  • priyam on April 11, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    people comparing watson n sachin n saying watson deserves a 200...well lets just say ppl rarely remember the person who came 2nd...btw GREAT KNOCK WATTO!!

  • on April 11, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    The point is simple, Shane Whatson scored against Bangaldesh.. Sachin did it against South Africa against bowlers like Dale Steyn, Jacks Kallis, WD Parnell, RE van der Merwe, CK Langeveldt, and JP Duminy.

    How about Watson scores 100 International Centuries, 18000 ODI runs and 12000 Test runs. Then I would definitely try to compare him to Tendulkar! Or hell, let him make 185 against SA, then we'll talk about it.

  • mak_xi on April 11, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    I rate Sachin's 200 and Gibb's 175 as one of the best one-day innings ever (not necessarily in that order). Watto's bulldozing of Bangladesh is surely entertaining, but not the greatest innings... Just reminds me of Ganguly collecting centuries against minnows like Ban/Ken/Zim etc.

  • LordOfCric on April 11, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Awesome inning!!!! Whadda Playa!!!! Those who saying Sachin score 200 against Quality bowling should keep in mind that watson didnt bring these bowlers from his home. They play international cricket as well and Sachin was there until 50th overs imagine Watson batting till 50th over... He would have 50 sixes, 50 fours and 650 not out.... Strike rate does matter, the way he was scoring Sachin can only dream of scoring that fast even in IPL he scored 50's run a ball..... Great Knock frm ma favorite player Wattooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 11, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    clean and effort less hitting..proper cricket shots...his sixes could've cleared any ground in the world...it was a privilege to watch this knock...he'll add more value to RR in IPL.kudos to watson...:)

  • mE_wE on April 11, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    watson's knock was Awesome... just awesome. as good as any of the best ODI knocks. Some of you might have your reservations about the opponents but also do not forget that no other player has scored this big against Bangladesh to date. Even Sachin tendulkar, the greatest student of the game had to work hard for 18+ years to get the 200. Please try to see that these knocks do not happen day in day out on a regular basis, so stop comparing and enjoy these special knocks...

  • on April 11, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    I guess Watson himself would've been touch too embarrassed if BD had scored around 250 and he would've gone on to hit 200 and raise his bat for a simple obvious reason!!!!!

  • India_1983 on April 11, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Only one person can break sachin's record and that would be sehwag....

  • India_1983 on April 11, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    sachin 200 vs SA ......waston 185 vs Ban ....don't compare sachin to waston.

  • on April 11, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    i wnder y ppl are finding ot faults instead of appreciating that.i think it was an once in a life time performance.he totally deserved to get 200+ score

  • Spike13 on April 11, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    this innings was good from watson You cant compare this inings to that of sachin tendulkar. You should check the condition that they where playing in. Sachin was playing at home at pitches that are good for batsmen so he had alot of advantage. Watson started as a bowler he batted at the lower order he has just begun with opening the innings with the bat so this innings was a very good innings and dont hate watson he is good player that is just getting better.

  • JonesEvan on April 11, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    hey guys against whom s not important..... hitting 15 sixes is a great performance we should praise him... Hmmmm hope only Australian player can done this type of records..

  • on April 11, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    that was some innings...once in a lifetime knock i hope..cuz i'm not australian

  • on April 11, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Can't believe Sachin's luck. He'll always been all about luck anyways.

  • DNT-DON on April 11, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    no doubt this was watsons best innings and yes if bangladesh would have made 40-50 more runs sachins record could have been in danger....but is that really an achievment....breaking a record against the lowest ranked team in a series which has no means inaway??....great knock by watson but can't compare it with sachin's 200 vs south africa or his 175 vs australia.....even sehwag got 175 against bangladesh and that too in a world cup....i don't know why watson fans or sachin haters are boasting about one innings from shane watson today .... dnt worry if watson broke that record....tendulkar would have broken it again anyway....

  • Quazar on April 11, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Only a man with more power... Kieron Pollard... can break some of Watson's records in this innings! Of course, it helps if the bowling side has no strike bowlers.

  • JayPadia on April 11, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Wondering what shot did he hit to end up with a position like this?? - referring to the picture in the article

  • Balaji_S on April 11, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    as many drop catches can lead to 185* not even close to sachin's classy flamboyant no word to describe 200* against a test playing nation of high quality bowling attack like steyn in the bowling side in SA, watson has to thank his lady luck he has batted against Bangladesh.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 11, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Some really idiotic praises here for Watson who is an average player. Sure he has made 185 but guess against whom it came ? Even Sehwag made 175 against Bangladesh and I rate that innings higher than this Aussie cause it was made during the world cup. Watson is a chicken against quality bowling attacks. He failed miserably in the world cup and I predict him to fail more miserably in the IPL. How can you guys even compare a diamond with an imitation jewel (Sachin vs Watson). Sachin's 200 is a class innings against a decent bowling attack (SA). Sachin is the little master and Watson is a slogger from down under. So stop with the comparisons and feel sorry for Bangladesh who now have clearly shown the ICC why Ireland should be there in the next world cup. Peace.

  • Jayadravid on April 11, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    sachin has a sign of relief ...............................

    if bangla scored more than 250.....................

    we would seen watson raising his bat after completion of double century

  • Pradyot on April 11, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    @Has6265 Yes the strike rate is great, but do u remember who sachin scored against? No it wasnt bangladesh. so stop comparing

  • bd1966 on April 11, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    @ jehad...who will be the wicket keeper?

  • Dr.Qwert on April 11, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    a keeper would be nice jehad. & warner isn't a real cricketer! punter has looked really good in the last 3 games so why would you drop him now jagatr? 38* at a strike rate of 88 is a very handy knock regardless of what watto was doing at the other end.

  • on April 11, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Thanks tat he hasnt broken sachin's record. Watson doesnt deserve tat record. Sachin has hard earned it by smashing one of the deadly bowlin attach of South africa.

  • on April 11, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    this was a brutal inning from a brutal man.....

  • ajitkhadd on April 11, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    @Has6265 - Dude Sachin scored his 200 against one of the best attack in the world--South Africa. So its the best knock. No comparison!

  • WCdan59 on April 11, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    As amazing as Shane Watson's performance was, he did not score his century from 50 balls with his team in serious trouble against a genuine test quality attack as Kevin O'Brien did. Ireland and World Cricket RIP.

  • niksbhave on April 11, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    @Has6265: Agreed Watto played a magnificent knock and could have easily crossed 200 had Bangladesh put some more runs on the board, but don't understand your comment about how this innings was way ahead just because of the strike rate. You conveniently forgot the opposition and the bowling attack they possessed. Also if you read the article, Watto mentioned that he was tired after reaching 100 and was trying to hit out or get out. I believe it was he who was lucky to have reached this score.

  • on April 11, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Wish i had watched this innings. I really hate Watsion - but this one wouldve been awesome to watch. @Has6265 - Sure Sachin is lucky that Australia werent chasing another 20-30 runs. But Sachins scored 200 in 147 balls and that too against South Africa... So to say that this innings was way ahead than sachins is a bit unfair.

  • on April 11, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    amazing innings buttttttttttttttt kindly let him score against south africa to compare him vs the little master sachin tendulkar or even sehwag.. sachin 3 top innings 200 n.o... 186 n.o ... and 175.. were against south africa new zealand and australia respective,,,, PERIOD..

  • on April 11, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Don't compare this with Sachin;s 200* look at the opponents.

  • on April 11, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Look and the opponents before talking about Sachin's record.

  • jrm1186 on April 11, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    just one word: OVER RATED, OVER RATED, OVER RATED!!! 15 sixes?? who cares!!! Cricket's not all about hitting sixes, Watto can never match the class of Sachin.... He can never reach even closer to the records and the technique of the little master!!! So, fools stop comparing Watson with Sachin!!! Watson is a great batsman but not greater than Sachin any day!!!

  • on April 11, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Good innings, but....c'mon ...its Bangladesh !!! Try achieving this against a 'real' test playing nation. Sachin got his 200 against South Africa ...!! Reminds me of those Ganguly's centuries.

  • on April 11, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    @Has6265 ..Sachin's Knock was against superior bowling attack of South africa..Not against these hapless bangladesi's...

  • jrm1186 on April 11, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    a lot of fools like Has6265 here are comparing this innings with Sachin's 200 but they seem to forget that Sachin's 200* was against one of the best bowling attacks and much much better team than Bangladesh - SOUTH AFRICA!!! Just a month ago, Sehwag too scored 175 against Bangladesh. Thisi is the team having the weakest bowling attack in cricket, there is no big deal scoring 185 against them, huh!!!!

  • on April 11, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    jagatr ...... i agree with u 100%

  • on April 11, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    ahead than sachin because of his strike rate or watson better than sachin n sehwag... kindlsad to see comments like sachin was lucky to have his record or watsons way y comment when watson plays agains south africa against dale steyn n morkel... i thoink u getting the message,,

  • virendra_by on April 11, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Though watto played brilliantly.... I can't understand how the hell some morons are syaing that this innings was better than Sachin's 200. Is bangladesh's & SA's bowling attack the same? Grow up guys..... Sachin's 200 is definitly one of the top 10 ODI innings with his 175 vs Aus a notch higher.

  • TheBuddy on April 11, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    @Has6265 : watson def played an outstanding knock .. but u cant take anything away from sachin .. he scored 200 against SA ...

  • ActiveX on April 11, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Sachin scored his 200 against South Africa with Styen and Morkel bowling on both ends.

  • dhruvans on April 11, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    What a sensational innings, sachins 200 was in huge danger. imagine if he batted like this in the first innings of the match. he could have powered his way to 300, and that record would stand the test of time. Well done Watto

  • dhruvans on April 11, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    What a sensational innings, sachins 200 was in huge danger. imagine if he batted like this in the first innings of the match. he could have powered his way to 300, and that record would stand the test of time. Well done Watto

  • on April 11, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Watta you missed 200+ which surely you have deserved. Still its good. Hope you will thank Hollywood "Warnie" for grooming you in IPL :)

  • jagatr on April 11, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Stripping Punter of captaincy was a good start - now they need to gather courage to drop him from the team - the sooner, the better for Oz cricket...

  • shaileshacharya123 on April 11, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    hats off WAtto,well nice inning u roack

  • jehad on April 11, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    my aussie playing eleven ....................1 watson 2 warner 3 ponting 4 clarke 5 marsh 6 mike hussy 7 mitchell jhonson 8 brett lee 9 hauritz 10 ryan harris 11 bollinger

  • jehad on April 11, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    watto is great.................player..............best than sehwag and sachin..........but he has improve his conversion rate..............best of luck watto........................you are the present and future of aussies................go aussies

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    It was the bitter most pounding of the hapless Bangladeshi bowlers by Watson. While chasing a score of mere 229 , to get to an individual score of 185 and clear 15 huge sixes is one of the most impossible feats ever accomplished or to be surpassed in cricketing lores. It will hardly be overtaken by any. Watson simply pushed the so-called rise of cricketing minnows Bangladesh to ignominy with his brutal thrashing . Sorry for them .

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    he's just pure elegance! excellent player!

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Remarkable Watson......All credit 2 ponting for using him as an opener for australia!!

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    A very thrilling knock by Watson. I just like it. Hope he continue this form in Australia's upcoming tours..

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    gr8 gillespie... very lucky sachin too...

  • Has6265 on April 11, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Sachin was lucky to hav his record still...watto could have beaten that anyday....yet still this innings way ahead than sachins beacuse look at his strike rate!!!!!

  • bigwonder on April 11, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Is it strange or what? Last game, Clarke (new captain) made a century, this match Watto (new vice-captain) makes blazing 185. Although its against a very weak team, its raises few questions. Why suddenly they are playing so well? Is it the new responsibility or were they just fed up with Pointing's Captaincy?

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    I know there are going to be comments about the weak bowling attack and comparisons with Sachin, so just want to get the facts clear...Sachin is still a class apart, so you Aussie folks don't even think of comparing...and secondly, guys who discredit Watson, atleast he played better than most other folks against Bangladesh. 185* against any opposition is no mean feat and that too in such little time. So, credit where it's due.

  • aasife_gong on April 11, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    I actually didn't understand the significance of this innings. His last 10 ODI innings: 16,51 (Eng), 79(zim),62 (NZ), TDNB (SL),21 (Ken),94(can), 9 (pak), 25 (Ind), 37 (BD), 185 (BD). last 10 test innings: 36,41*,51,57,13,95,5,54,45,38 (all against Eng).

    he couldn't score any match winning innings in most of his career against good bowling attacks. he couldn't score against England (in ashes) and against Pak and India (in WC) when it was most needed. scoring against a backyard cricket bowling attack only proves that he is inconsistent. very disappointing WC results :-(

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    i am very thankful to Bangladesh that they had not made more runs...otherwise Sachin's record was on stake...this inning was Watto's lifetime inning. marvelous batting....

  • Y2SJ on April 11, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    For people who compare this with Sachin's 200, Sachin's 200 came against South Africa..and he played probably the best bowling attack of the period.

  • Shaneb20041985 on April 11, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    And the ICC wants Bangladesh to play in the WC instead of Ireland? They must really like letting players break records!

  • kingcobra85 on April 11, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    will someone put Bangladesh out of this misery! clearly they are way of the pace! they were all out for 58 against westinidies not long ago and then this!

    Give chances to team that are worthy of it

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Nice Record Watson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shane75 on April 11, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    That was an outstanding effort against a fairly decent attack, well done to Watson and bad luck Bangladesh - but they did bat well, their total was competitive. Until Watson came along!

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    the people are saying he played better than sachin in his 200. but i feel like there should be no conversation on that as Firstly Sachin scored his runs against South Africa and watto has scored against Bangladesh. but still it was the best batting display by a australian in odi an a throughly entertaing knock. loved it the whole time. great work Watto

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  • on April 11, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    the people are saying he played better than sachin in his 200. but i feel like there should be no conversation on that as Firstly Sachin scored his runs against South Africa and watto has scored against Bangladesh. but still it was the best batting display by a australian in odi an a throughly entertaing knock. loved it the whole time. great work Watto

  • Shane75 on April 11, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    That was an outstanding effort against a fairly decent attack, well done to Watson and bad luck Bangladesh - but they did bat well, their total was competitive. Until Watson came along!

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Nice Record Watson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kingcobra85 on April 11, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    will someone put Bangladesh out of this misery! clearly they are way of the pace! they were all out for 58 against westinidies not long ago and then this!

    Give chances to team that are worthy of it

  • Shaneb20041985 on April 11, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    And the ICC wants Bangladesh to play in the WC instead of Ireland? They must really like letting players break records!

  • Y2SJ on April 11, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    For people who compare this with Sachin's 200, Sachin's 200 came against South Africa..and he played probably the best bowling attack of the period.

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    i am very thankful to Bangladesh that they had not made more runs...otherwise Sachin's record was on stake...this inning was Watto's lifetime inning. marvelous batting....

  • aasife_gong on April 11, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    I actually didn't understand the significance of this innings. His last 10 ODI innings: 16,51 (Eng), 79(zim),62 (NZ), TDNB (SL),21 (Ken),94(can), 9 (pak), 25 (Ind), 37 (BD), 185 (BD). last 10 test innings: 36,41*,51,57,13,95,5,54,45,38 (all against Eng).

    he couldn't score any match winning innings in most of his career against good bowling attacks. he couldn't score against England (in ashes) and against Pak and India (in WC) when it was most needed. scoring against a backyard cricket bowling attack only proves that he is inconsistent. very disappointing WC results :-(

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    I know there are going to be comments about the weak bowling attack and comparisons with Sachin, so just want to get the facts clear...Sachin is still a class apart, so you Aussie folks don't even think of comparing...and secondly, guys who discredit Watson, atleast he played better than most other folks against Bangladesh. 185* against any opposition is no mean feat and that too in such little time. So, credit where it's due.

  • bigwonder on April 11, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Is it strange or what? Last game, Clarke (new captain) made a century, this match Watto (new vice-captain) makes blazing 185. Although its against a very weak team, its raises few questions. Why suddenly they are playing so well? Is it the new responsibility or were they just fed up with Pointing's Captaincy?