South Africa A v India A, Tri-series, Pretoria

Dhawan's record 248 takes India A to final

The Report by Devashish Fuloria

August 12, 2013

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India A 433 for 3 (Dhawan 248, Pujara 109*) beat South Africa A 394 (Van Jaarsveld 108, Hendricks 106, Pandey 4-76) by 39 runs
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Shikhar Dhawan is ecstatic after reaching his double-century, South Africa A v India A, tri-series, Pretoria, August 12, 2013
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Shikhar Dhawan began with Mo Farah-esque strides and ended with an Usain Bolt-like burst to plunder 248 off 150 balls - the second-highest List A score ever and the record for an A-team - out of India A's giddying 433 for 3, in the virtual semi-final against South Africa A in Pretoria. South Africa, in reply, made the most of a flat pitch and short boundaries to come close to the target and only ran out of steam towards the end to lose by 39 runs.

India had chosen to bat and the innings started with Dhawan driving one straight down the ground. A flurry of boundaries helped Dhawan and his new partner at the top, M Vijay, scoot to 91 in the 12th over, but as Pujara joined Dhawan after Vijay was caught behind for 40, there was a quiet period as the run rate dropped to below seven. It was merely the quiet before the violence.

Dhawan arrived at the century-mark off 86 balls with a straight-driven boundary in the 27th over, and found his nitro booster to rocket from there on. In the 28th over, he smashed his first six, off Juan Theron, and immediately followed it with another. The projected team total was constantly being readjusted to higher levels as Dhawan kept finding the boundaries in an unprecedented attack. His second hundred came at almost double the rate as his first, taking 46 balls, as he smashed his way to becoming only the third Indian to record a double-century in limited-overs cricket after Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. At the other end, Cheteshwar Pujara had quietly brought up his own fifty off 54 balls.

Dhawan would not have got his double century had Rusty Theron held on to a chance off the bowling of Roelof van der Merwe when Dhawan was on 154, but with 10 overs still left when he got past that landmark, the 11-year-old record of the highest List A score of 268 looked well within his reach. He fell 20 runs short of it to finish second best. Pujara's unbeaten 109 off 97 seemed mild in comparison. The two batsmen scored 285 runs together in 33.2 overs, 198 of which came from Dhawan's bat.

South Africa's bowling unit also entered record books as this was the first instance of five bowlers giving away more than 60 runs each in a List A match, but they were not the only ones to suffer. India's bowlers were meted out the same treatment as South Africa openers Reeze Hendricks and Rilee Rossouw rampaged their way to 121 by the 13th over and a repeat of South Africa's senior side's memorable night seven years ago didn't appear improbable.

A couple of quick wickets fell to the spinners, but Hendricks hammered a 75-ball hundred to take South Africa past 200 in the 25th over. The ball frequently disappeared to the adjacent net-ball courts as South Africa remained abreast with the required rate.

After the dismissal of Hendricks, the required rate went over 10-an-over for the first time in the 32nd over, but Vaughn van Jaarsveld, with helpful cameos from Justin Ontong and Roelof van der Merwe, kept up the hope. Van Jaarsveld fell soon after reaching to his century, top-edging an Ishwar Pandey slower delivery to mid-off, effectively ending South Africa's challenge, as India mopped up the remaining batsmen quickly. However, on a batsman's day, Dhawan's knock proved to be the difference.

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Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 15, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

@ TommytuckerSaffa. Actually SA will be without any confident because of these as well as the defeats from SL. It will be a total disaster for SA in the coming series. Wait for that.

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (August 14, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

Congratulations Dhawan!!! Although it came on a flat track, we are talking the highest Country A score in ODIs, the highest List A score form an Indian and the second highest List A score ever. I am sure there have been many flat tracks before for List A matches. I am not sure for how long the stats have been kept for List A matches. Add the test match records from his debut match earlier in the year to these records, we have an exciting opener gracing our team. Cricket is fortunate to have him after the loss of the great cricketer Sehwag.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (August 14, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

This is excellent news and exactly were SA want to be. After this knock on a total Road. The Indians will now be overconfident when they play the test series here and get rolled. Sachin's forced retirement - a horror show.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

Please take this in proper context. This was a batters paradise with a flat track and short boundaries. 4 batsmen scored centuries and India's score of 433 was almost overhauled.While in no way trying to take away from Dhawan's achievement, he's got a long way to go to be mentioned in the same breath as Viru who is an icon.

Posted by Harmony111 on (August 13, 2013, 21:44 GMT)

As expected, a few jealous or pessimistic, defeatist fans are trying to pull down this magnificent knock by Dhawan. Each time an Indian does something special then it is always due to the conditions, luck, poor umpiring etc etc. It is never due to the skill of the player according to these chaps. Grace is something these ppl can never show in their words. When Dhawan got that debut 100 some of these ppl said that wait till he goes to Eng. He went to Eng and scored 2 more 100s and then these ppl said wait till he goes to SA. He comes to SA and scores how many? 248. Now these ppl again shift the goalpost and say wait till he faces Steyn & co. Great logic. Keep asking a man to take tough and tougher tasks and cos he will eventually fail at some point then go back to your original assertion of "See !!!".

Note that Maxwell & others are scoring runs vs an utterly weak Ind bowling attack while Dhawan is scoring MORE RUNS AT BETTER SR vs MUCH BETTER ATTACKS.

Posted by rick333 on (August 13, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

Well Pujara seems to be a perfect replacement for Dravid. Everytime Dravid scores a brilliant century, it is eclipsed by even magnificent feat at the other end. Dejavu all over again with Pujara

Posted by Nampally on (August 13, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

@Naresh28: I agree with your choice of 5 bowlers for the Final - Pandey, Unadkat, Nadeem, Rasool & Binny. In fact Dhawan & Raina are the most economical bowlers in their part time capacity. So they can be used effectively. These 5 happen to be the best of the poor Indian bowling. Rayudu will replace Rahane & possibly Rohit will replace Vijay, from this match. Rest of the batting will remain unchanged. It will be a tough match to win unless Indian bowlers bowl at 6 runs/over or better. The Aussies have Maxwell & Marsh are in great batting form + a string of pace bowlers + a leg spinner Ahmad, all very economical. It would have been nice to have Mishra in the XI on this tailor made batting wkt. A wrist leg spinner can be useful with flight variations & greater spin+ googlies. Pretoria ground appears to be a bowlers Nightmare!

Posted by Capricorn60 on (August 13, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

However nostalgic some Indian fans seem to be in wanting to see Sehwag, Gambhir or Yuvraj back in the team [Test or ODI's], I think their time has sadly gone! They all have had form & fitness problems in recent years whilst Yuvi has had to battle his illness too. The young guns who have come in, have brought in their hunger & youthful exuberance to the team - doing well not only with bat & ball but have even transformed the fielding almost instantly from one extreme of being pathetic/laughable to the other of probably now having the best fielding unit when compared to their rivals. So it would be quite a backward step in reverting to our aforementioned veterans but we should look forward in sticking with youth under the guidance of MSD in building a squad for the 2015 WC & beyond!

Posted by   on (August 13, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

This is a delibrate plot by CSA to prepare flat tracks for this A series and grassy tracks for real series because they know that many of these india a players are going to play in the real series and they do not want them to get any experience.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

India should look to replace Raina and slot Sehwag into the middle order

Posted by anshu.s on (August 13, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

My fellow Indian fans relax about the flat pitch bit, this is not a delibrate ploy by CSA to lull India in to a false sense of reality... it is winters in SA and this was only venue with modern facilities availble for play, instead of barracking the organiers we should commend the groundsman for getting the ground ready in harsh winter...

Well for matches not being telecast this illustrates the difference between Football and cricket, in football one can even watch u-21,u-19,u-17 matches of national teams live, forget that even junior teams of big clubs like Barca,Madrid,Bayern,United have there matches telecast live ...

Posted by Arjun_M on (August 13, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

If Dhawan and Pujara can score 248 and 109 on this highway, surely they can score at least 50 each on dirt tracks and green trails? They're not raw or average players, but the best from India and amongst the best in the world right now. Things won't be diametrically opposite in the Test series. Priority for India, however, should be taking 10 wickets an innings irrespective of the pitch.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (August 13, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

Which calculator gives 1127 when you add 433 and 394? In any case, 1127 or 827, it still is huge. If my memory serves me right, there was only one other occassion when such huge scores were made that was again in SA (Aus vs SA). May be, SA dishes out such pitches for ODIs but not for test matches or may be, they did this to just to make our selectors believe that the 248 or 109 scorers will be selected thinking they again will score 248 and 109 during the real series. Unfortunately, for SA, the players in question happened to be Dhawan and Pujara, who have the potential to score 248 and 109 again. Bottom line is that this series has served neither the purpose of CSA nor BCCI. The certains are scoring certainly.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

First, Congratulations to the India A team, Dhawan, & Pujara. (And the excellent fight back from the South Africa team in general, and their openers in particular).

However, a note of warning to the Indian fans. South Africa is NOT going to give this type of a pitch at any of the venues where India's regular team will be playing, during the forthcoming tour.

If India had provided this kind of a pitch, what kind of descriptions it would have attracted from most of the rest of the world? "Shirt Front"! "Highway"! "Autobahns"! "Tarmac"! "Pitch tailor-made to help their cricketing Gods to set even higher records" ... and what not!

Posted by LovedFansofIndianCricket on (August 13, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

Well played Dhawan. I think SA also started to use same strategy that not to provide sporting wicket to visiting team in practice match so that they may well prepared for Test. So SA gave flat pitch to young Indian batsman and our young guns for SA test series not well prepared.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

Is it necessary to send international players to play A team series?

Posted by Arjun_M on (August 13, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

Indian fans should be thankful that the India A team is not loaded with first-choice bowlers. They would be more or less demolished on such tracks, which would dent their confidence on relatively helpful tracks in the Test series. They can now start on a relatively clean slate. As for the batsmen, instead of merely trying to perfect their technique for seaming wickets, they've played for a win in every game, so it's not so bad.

Posted by recycle-bin-is-empty on (August 13, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

@Anand Jhakotia "1127 RUNS SCORED IN 100 OVERS. What does this mean? superlative batting/ horrible bowling/ highwayroad pitches" It basically means that two top and equal teams compete in a match, just like Aus and SA competed in that run fest years ago where SA chased 434.

For my fellow Indians who are complaining here that SA administrators are giving us flat pitches, we should remember that thats how cricket is played everywhere these days. We also did this same very thing to the English team when they arrived on our shores. But despite that they won in unhelpful conditions. If we have the same class, which I believe we do, and are worthy of our number 2 ranking than we should also do the same, not saying winning the test series but atleast be competetive.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

Fabulous batting display by Dhawan. One can easily say Dhawan is made for higher level. I haven't yet saw any such inning Dhawan displayed in domestic level. Not even nearby. But the moment he got chance at higher level against Aussies he turned out a completely different man. Well done Dhawan. Along with Rohit Sharma, I m sure India has got stable opening pair for the long period, at least for ODIs. Even Rohit is displaying totally different display after getting higher position as opener. His scores are 85,9,65,51,18,33,9,58,2,46,48,58,65,66,61. Superb batting by him also. All the best to Rohit and Dhawan. All the best Team India.

Posted by --.-- on (August 13, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

@ Francis Arun Bjorn Mel

I don't think so. Viru can never get rid of his laxity while running between the wickets and on the field as well, which goes against him.

Gauti might make it to either Test or ODI team in near future as he is young too as compared to Viru. But Viru, I'm afraid, will never come back. :(

Posted by John_Mil on (August 13, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

continuation....Overall India need a good team with youth and experience mixed and needs to give more chances for the players who are resrvred,rested or never be in playing 11 though they are part of the 15 members squad.BCCI please don't forget the players like Shewag,Gambir,Yuvaraj,Manoj & Sawrab Tiwari,Praveen Kumar,Irfan Pathan Yusuf Pathan,Badrinath..etc.Try to rotate the playing 11 by giving chances almost to most of them.

"Scoring rate may be differ depends upong the pitches and opponents" also,A team should be atleast like A team not like regural internationals.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

Small grounds[under construction], highway pitches, tired teams playing back 2 back matches. The result, 1127 runs in 100 overs, 4 hundreds & hoards of accolades. this mayhem is bound to happen. ppl going gaga over these performances r either feigning ignorance or just grabbing opportunity to sing 'husanas' abt their favourite players. hmmm so be it!

Posted by   on (August 13, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

1127 RUNS SCORED IN 100 OVERS. What does this mean? superlative batting/ horrible bowling/ highwayroad pitches. com'on this is not cricket v would like 2 see. or is the CSA deliberately trying 2 feed the opposition with perfect batting conditions & later surprise them with tough conditions when senior team tours later this year. Anyways both india & sa 'a' bowlers got hammered. not to forget SA 'a' came very close 2 the target. nothing much 2 read into this performance.

Posted by jango_moh on (August 13, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

as well as dhwan batted, looks like its a highway flat pitch!!!! hoping that the unofficial test pitches have more spice in them!!!!

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (August 13, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

It is a deliberate ploy by SA cricket administrators to give flat tracks for A tour. It will be confirmed at Rustenburg where 1st unofficial test is scheduled. Proteas may use similar tracks for in IND's ODI series or may not. But they are certainly focusing on Test Series. Our players will be smart enough to get out of such tactics. There are chances for our players to go to the Test with same manner & approach that they will adopt in ODI & T20. This ODI series is not meaningless for us as none of the SA A players will get nod in national squad. We must keep good tracks (not flat or spin friendly) for Oz's IND ODI tour in Oct 2013 as a preparation for SA tour.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 13, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

Congrats Dhavan. But the strategy in this series is simple. Win the toss and bat first. It seems like SL and SA are ahead of India in flat pitches. I cannot remember 800 + runs in an India pitch!

Posted by Iceman29 on (August 13, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

Batting in flat tracks makes our batsmen even worse, they wont get any practice in the fast and bouncy tracks and that means these are useless for our batsmen. I think the Saffers are preparing flat tracks deliberately for these matches so that Ind batsmen will suffer when they face Steyn and co. in the fast and bouncy tracks....Scoring double and triple hundreds in practice matches is nothing if they do not perform when it matters....Am taking nothing away from Dhawan...he played beautifully but the real test awaits for everyone....hope they carry the same form and do better when the time comes...

Posted by   on (August 13, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

What is going on in the A teams triangular series in South Africa? South Africa preparing pitches for stats porn?

Anyway, dear Pujara, Dhawan, Vijay, Raina and the rest, please do not get carried away. When you all are going to visit there for the test series later this year, it will be nothing like this.

Facing Steyn and Philander on green seamers will be a rude wake up call, if you do not delete this tri series from your memory ASAP.

This could well be the cunning plan of the Safers

Posted by AMCAMV on (August 13, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

@AjaySridharan , i completely agree that raina has been in this A team other than that all other players are new comers, for that matter J Ontong, van der merve and a few of them are part of the first squads in their national team. By the way these are the only chances for the likes of Shikar Dhawan, M vijay, pujara, karthik and rahane to get a first class list A match as they constantly are in the India squad and are shuffed up for a place in the Indian team. Well done team India A. When India tours the proteas later the young guns will be ready to fire, behind all the glory there is our great captain Msd who will mastermind all these experiences and expertise of the given talents.

Posted by hotcric01 on (August 13, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

Dhawan is awesome.He has skills,temperament and luck to build massive match winning with a good strike rate too.He is easily better than Shewag because most of Shewag's runs are in flat pitches.He finds very difficult to play against seam or swing movement and especially against bounce.Dhawan also may struggle,but clearly ahead than Shewag.But Gambhir still should be in national squad. Anyway final would be fantastic. I think Australia A are ahead because they have a better bowling attack and fielding is good.

Posted by 12kris on (August 13, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

I expected the report to give special mention to three bowlers who are new to the side, who made India's victory possible. Stuart Binny, Pervez Razool and Ishwar Pandey. On a featherbed, they bowled their heart out to peg a rampant SA back in a match that was much closer than it suggests. Dhawan played an amazing knock, but none of the batsmen had any problems. THis match also proved that Pujara is a Test player whose temperament should not be sacrificed for a few one day wins. After all, there are enough players to replace him in the shortened version.

Posted by SLslider_original on (August 13, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

I can't understand why SA are preparing those flat tracks even in the second level matches. It is too early for Shikar Dawan to compare with the greats like Shewag and Jayasuriya. He has a long way to go for that. But he has the potential. Thrashing depleted sides in flat tracks doesn't mean anything. Interesting to see how he performs against us.

Posted by Rohit... on (August 13, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

Guys who are complaining about Experimentation, Just recall how Kohli was abused for not playing Rasool.... Now for Pujara sake- he knows which Batsmen are going to play the final.... But in the bowling department he is still in dilemma... Apart from Pandey and Unadkat, no one else deserve to get a hand on the ball.... And Rasool, Except for the media coverage for hailing from J&K, he has nothing to add to his CV... And I am wondering how he got selected for Zim tour ahead of Ojha.

Posted by Nur_nsu on (August 13, 2013, 3:27 GMT)

Half the Indian A team is from regular national team. Whereas none are from the national team for South African A team. What sort of competition is that?

Posted by John_Mil on (August 13, 2013, 3:05 GMT)

Fabulous batting by Dhawan.He is getting better and better every day.Fantastic Partnership by Pujara as well.Pujara has the capacity to consolidate the innings as Dravid The Piilar.But we should not forget the earlier game of Shewag as well.May be he might not be ready physically and mentally now.But if he comes with a preparation He is still a threat to opponents.Don't forget he is Top scorer in One day .Every player has Ups and down in their career.May be the fans who are praising Dhawan or any player now based on the current performance may put him down later on when he fails.As long as there is a consistency on any player he can survive in the team for a long time. Overall India need a good team with youth and experience mixed and needs to give more chances for the players who are resrvred,rested or never be in playing 11 though they are part of the 15 members squad.BCCI please don't forget the players like Shewag,Gambir,Yuvaraj,Manoj & Sawrab Tiwari,Praveen Kumar,Irfan Pathan....

Posted by   on (August 13, 2013, 1:01 GMT)

well done my boy...do it again in final too..

Posted by Chris_P on (August 13, 2013, 0:48 GMT)

@Nampally. These are List A matches, not ODI's, Your comparisons are not quite with it as those ODI records still remain. All these scores & details show up players List A records.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2013, 0:05 GMT)

There is a mistake in the above report. It is mentioned:

The two batsmen scored 285 runs together in 33.2 overs, 220 of which came from Dhawan's bat.

However, Shikhar Dhawan was on 50 runs when Murali Vijay got out. So, he cannot score 220 runs in the partnership. Also, Cheteshwar Pujara was on 82 when Shikhar Dhawan got out. The math is wrong somewhere.

Nonetheless, an amazing report to describe the gameplay, as the commentary doesn't do justice to the new record.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (August 12, 2013, 23:27 GMT)

Agree with @MAR00N5 - I am happy for Ishwar Pandey, but Unadkat is rubbish, Sid Kaul has flopped, and Shami needs to get smarter. This was an ideal opportunity to try out some young fast bowler who can bowl consistently at over 140kph like Rahul Shukla, Parvinder Awana or Imtiyaz Ahmed.

Our batting is stronger than before. Glad Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are doing well. Who wants the flop show called Sehwag and Gambhir? Tendulkar is the only weak batsman remaining in the team.

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 12, 2013, 22:44 GMT)

Great innings by Dhawan. Many wont believe it due to him making it on a small ground , but whether its a small or big ground this guy is hot. India is very lucky to find a left handed Shewag. Its gonna be interesting to see who partners Dhawan. in tests - Vijay or Rohit. In the final India have a big bowling problem - even to put up 4 decent bowlers. My choice would be Nadeem, Rasool, Pandey and Unadkat. The 5th is a problem but Binny should get the nod and the part timers filling the rest.

Posted by   on (August 12, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

Very well played Dhawan. You are in cricketing history and your form gets better and better!

Posted by   on (August 12, 2013, 21:53 GMT)

I don't care if he hit that many against 12 year olds, that is a phenomenal innings on any ground, against any bowling. Shikhar, superstar.

Posted by   on (August 12, 2013, 21:32 GMT)

So many many congratulations dhawan great innings you played keep going....

Posted by AvidCricFan on (August 12, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

This is a commendable knock by Dhawan. It pretty much reduces Shewag's comeback chances to nil and to some extent Gambhir's too. Dhawan would be more successful in ODI than Shewag can be at this point not on the brute force hitting, but more on placing balls using better footwork. Shewag is pretty much stand and hit player with hand/eye coordination. Dhawan is better on moving around the crease and has better overall footwork. His real test will come in the pace-bowler friendly conditions against better quality bowlers when India tours SA.

Posted by   on (August 12, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

It is a good ploy by the bcci to give the main players like shikar dhawan , rohit Sharma a practice tour ahead of the southafrican tour. I think these guys have got enough practice on this flat track , so it would be better to preserve these guys especially dhawan as he had a lot of tour from the mid of ipl season and give chances to rahane to prove the bench strength at the top . It would have been good If the selectors have gone with sandeep Sharma and mohit Sharma ahead of siddharth kaul and shami ahamd...

Posted by Cricfever_PM on (August 12, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

even though it's List A you need special skill to score 240+ runs as many of so called ODI legends have never done this.

Posted by cric_fric on (August 12, 2013, 20:01 GMT)

Are they broadcasting these matches anywhere? Don't want to miss out on the Finals!!

Posted by AjaySridharan on (August 12, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

What's the point in packing an "A" team with 7 regular international players? Why go gaga over a school boys vs seniors cricket? Considering that a true A team from SA gave the India team a decent chase, SA should feel pretty good about their efforts.

Posted by likeintcricket on (August 12, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

This knock might be brilliant but it is against a weak attack on a flat small ground. South Africa almost got to the end too. South Africa's Test batting is very strong and against India's bowling they will flourish. It's between India's batting and South Africa's world class bowling. if these guys can perform on green bouncy wickets against Stein and Co than we can judge them. Rihtnow 248 is a brilliant score and he deserve to enjoy this at this time.

Posted by bolthaa on (August 12, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

Feels good to see players coming off age and proving themselves in alien conditions. But pls remember that neither the pitches are alien enough nor the bowling is hostile enough to give enough credit to batsmen. Proving in a test match in England in swinging conditions proves the credibility of a player which our dravids and laxmans have done it in the past. Lets wait and watch....

Posted by Capricorn60 on (August 12, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

Although the Indian batting obviously looks strong but worryingly our reserve bowling strength continues to look pretty feeble. Obviously though a flat docile track, our bowlers still struggled today in defending a 400+ total & so we still need our batters to make big scores to compensate for our weak bowling - as seen in all our matches in this series. Anyway the pitches for the SA Test series later this year will be far different & hostile as will be the quality of the opposition - so as Indian fans, let us just enjoy today, hope for a stronger winning performance in the final against the Aussies on Wednesday but let us not get too carried away!

Posted by   on (August 12, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

All this is ok! End of the day, Team India A won the match. But, I didn't understand the point of taking Raina out of the bowling, when he was the most economic of bowlers, and had just taken a wicket too!! Bizarre captaincy!

Posted by   on (August 12, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

I do not understand why Dhawan who is the main batsman scoring max. runs for his team was dropped for the last match.

Pujara, is he under instructions to give chance to all the 15 players? Was he advised to experiment with as many bowlers as possible?

Posted by SavvyCanadian on (August 12, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

For the final Match against Australia A, I suggest the following team for India A - [1] Dhawan, [2] Rohit (In this tournament, so far Rohit has better average of 64 and a better SR of 92 as against Vijay's average of 50 and a SR of 88), [3] Pujara, [4] Raina, [5] Rayudu (In this tournament, his average so far, is 53 & SR is 135 and he is one of the only 4 Indian batsmen who are among the top ten of all batsmen, among all teams, in batting rankings), [6] Karthik, [7] Binny (he needs to be given enough bowling to justify his selection and Binny has to step up in batting to prove himself....so far he is a total failure in batting and bowled very less overs, Pujara relying more on part-time bowlers like Raina & Dhawan, [8] Pandey (In this tournament, so far, the best Indian bowler with a considerably better average & SR compared to every other Indian bowler), [9] Unadkat (definitely better than Shami or Kaul), [10] Rasool, [11] Nadeem. No player experimentation in Final match please.

Posted by vinaykmr on (August 12, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

well done. glad to see both dhawan n pujara score centuries ahead of the crucial sa tour coming up late in the year. the real series for the team. keep up the performances. but i think the track must hv been the flatest even worse than indian flat beds.

Posted by LongLiveTestCricket on (August 12, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

Great knock no matter what the pitch was and even if it was A level game. Really impressed to see his hunger for runs in all parts of the world. He has a unique method of his own and a very effective one. This is very important exposure for all the A team players before the full tour starts. The 2 4-days games for the A team would be very important too.

Posted by   on (August 12, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

We definitely missed him for all these days I say... What a knock!!! He had waited so long to get a permanent place in Indian team. Hopefully, he will be permanent for sometime.. Congratulations Dhawan!!!

Posted by 37c. on (August 12, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

What a brilliant, brilliant knock - excellent, in fact, he's stormed onto the international scene. But what is Dhawan doing in the 2nd team and not the 1st? There is an odd selection panel out there

Posted by   on (August 12, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

It was good to see one of my fav cricket star scoring a double ton at a brisk rate. But really didn't understand the reason for not including rayudu in the playing xi. Rayudu is a far better player than some other members in the squad and is in good batting form this tournament. and one more positive from this game is IC Pandey, a promising bowler in the domestic circuit. He took 4 wickets on a flat pitch, where there is nothing for bowlers. All the best to team india A for the final against aus A.

Posted by the_blue_android on (August 12, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

@Gocho - I'd hate to call Dhawan a Jayasuriya. Dhawan has way better technique.

Posted by vr.mandalapu on (August 12, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

I agree with Srini in that the boys did not really get the kind of testing pitches which we all hoped they would. Even in Zimbabwe the team mostly saved themselves by winning the toss and avoided batting first in bowler friendly conditions.Let us hope that atleast for the unofficial test matches after this they will gain the experience for which they were sent there.

Posted by TSJ07 on (August 12, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

Awesome batting display from Dhawan. 248 on any pitch is not easy but Dhawan is at "Shikhar" (peak) of his form.Very clean striker of cricket ball with crisp timing, very enjoyable to watch if you are an Indian. However no board should a pitch where a double , three hundreds and few fifties are scored in 100 overs with total around 825 for the loss of only 13 wickets.If this continue to happen we are not going to see any bowling great as all will be batsmen with few players able to roll their arms overs for few overs of bowling.

Posted by jjradha on (August 12, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

Why Rohit Sharma was not included in this match? He should be allowed to open with Dhavan in all forms of cricket, and not any other batsman.

Posted by Rohit... on (August 12, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

@ sachinisawesome : Absolutely Right !!! Scoring 248 is not a joke... Even if it is the worlds flattest track, one need skills and temperament to do it... Some people call him Jayasuriya while some call him Viru....But he is way better than these two... 1. He has the technique required to play shots all over the ground.... 2. He knows the time when to go for the kill.... 3. Once set, he does not throw his wicket away.... Now don't pull down his standards by comparing him with Jayasuriya and Sehwag just because of his high strike-rate...He is way better than them.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (August 12, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

This was an ideal opportunity to try out some young fast bowler who can bowl consistently at over 140kmph like Rahul Shukla, Parvinder Awana or Imtiyaz Ahmed, instead of the same dibbly dobblers Unadkat, Shami etc. If at all they wanted a decent medium pacer, it could have been DhawalKulkarni or Sandeep Sharma.

Posted by ShankarAnand on (August 12, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

This proves that Pujara is definitely a perfect replacement for Dravid. His fantastic effort was overshadowed by Dhawan's double ton. Reminded me of Dravid/Sachin and Dravid/Ganguly.

Posted by   on (August 12, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

I Bet Ishwar Pandey is Future of Indian Bowling. He is Highest Wicket Taking Bowler in Ranji.. Hope for Best for Him So Talented Guy. And Shikhar Paaji You Rock

Posted by Batmanindallas on (August 12, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

Dhawan has shown it is good to take risk instead of clinging to the past. The selectors bold move has paid off-Viru has seldom performed abroad. If Dhawan continues his streak that will be a big plus for the indian team

Posted by Oz_boz on (August 12, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

Rubbish wickets being used for this tournament it seems with high scores in every game.. surely these not the traditional seaming/bouncing SA tracks that we've seen over the years.. Giving false sense of confidence to these players even over hyped players like Maxwell have been scoring at will who would come down crashing at the "real" international level..

Posted by   on (August 12, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

This pitch is no good to train our youngsters to face the South African national team, on the kind of pitches they normally use for international matches. So, players, beware! Selectors too, beware! We fans are extremely happy; but don't be fooled. As I said in an earlier post, we have to take the failures in this tourney seriously, but successes cautiously, in charting out future development and replacement plans.

Posted by Zeyad68 on (August 12, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

I would dearly love to see Viru n Dhawan opening for India!!!

Posted by sachinisawesome on (August 12, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

@ GoCho Nobody is calling him jayasurya. He has his own style. He has been really consistent and no matter how great the pitch is for batting its not a piece of cake to score 248 runs. How many people have done it in the history of cricket. He has been scoring hundred after hundred in all parts of the world.

Posted by GoCho on (August 12, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

S Africa 111/0 in 11 overs. So some perspective before we start calling Dhawan the next Jayasurya! Also Maxwell whose batting is little more than a merry-swinger has been scoring so heavily that I would take any batting performances with a spoonful of salt.

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (August 12, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

Firstly, its a great knock from Dhawan and Pujara. Well done to them. Flat pitch or not, its a monumental achievement. On the other hand, I'm struggling to find any positives from this sort of matches. We all know when India plays against SA in Dec, the pitch will be green. I was hoping the pitch had a little more in it for the bowlers as it would have been a perfect learning experience for these young guns. But guess this is the tactic now widely employed by the home teams. The pitches in the ashes are very dry but I'm sure it will be a damp, green seamer when India tours there next summer.

Posted by   on (August 12, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

For a moment I believed the scorecard was not working, this is really awesome, just the sort of thing one needs in the build to India's tour to SA during our summer.

Posted by   on (August 12, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

Why aren't India's A tours televised?, it's beyond my understanding, wish I had seen Dhawan's magical innings. Pujara might have proved many of his critics here wrong, he played perfectly by giving the strike to Dhawan. Lets hope the Indian bowlers bowl better than they have been in the series.

Posted by goran2011 on (August 12, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

What I don't understand about this series is why Cricket South Africa has done next to nothing to promote this tour from the respective A sides. All three sides are packed with quality players, as the scores have suggested, and feel it could have been a great opportunity to play these games around the country at smaller venues. I have no doubt they would have been able to get very good crowds in to watch these players.

Posted by   on (August 12, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

Viru version 2.0 for indian cricket

Posted by   on (August 12, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

Good Job DHAWAN , this was yet another perfect knock. Could this be a repeat of SA Vs AUS..quite a few years ago. I am exited.

Posted by Chetan007 on (August 12, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

I t was good to see how Dhawan played. Hope He continue to do that. Also there's a need of someone to play big against Australia A to win this trophy.

Posted by suji13 on (August 12, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

OMG u beauty dhawan selected for SA tour later in the year

Posted by   on (August 12, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

I hope the batsmen carries the same form when they play SA...it will be different contest when they play Steyn, Morkel and Philander..

Posted by killerfantacy on (August 12, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

gr8 work guys now the test team looks nice dhavan,vijay,pujara,sachin,virath,mahi,jadeja,ashvin,bhuvi,unadak,ishant now we can easyly defit sa because they do not have smith so there is no questin that they can beat us

Posted by Cyril_Knight on (August 12, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

These are important matches for the development of both international sides, it would be nice if the reports reflected this. Can we have more info, is there a short boundary? Has the bowling been as dreadful as the stats suggest?

Posted by ramli on (August 12, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

In Shikar Dhawan, India has found an ebullient player loaded with supreme skills and good-luck in equal measure ... if he is fit and in form, 2015 WC is well within India's grasp

Posted by   on (August 12, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

What a performer :D :D Truely a remarkable innings

Posted by Force01 on (August 12, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

Incredible stuff Dhawan! Pity it isn't being shown live on TV :(

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