South Africa A v India A, Tri-series, Pretoria August 12, 2013

'Had chance to score a triple' - Dhawan

ESPNcricinfo staff

As he ravaged South Africa A for 248 off 150 balls, Shikhar Dhawan knew he had achieved what only Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag had before - a double-century in limited-overs cricket by an Indian. But even as he finally fell with 32 deliveries still left in the India A innings, Dhawan could not help but realise he could have become the first man in the world to make a triple in the format.

"I was aware of the record and it felt really special to score these runs," Dhawan told "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."

The way Dhawan went on and on, the India A coach Lalchand Rajput thought the triple was within sight. "Shikhar batted exceptionally well," Rajput told ESPNcricinfo. "I haven't seen a better innings in one-day cricket than this one. The way he batted today, I thought he would get 300. They were clean hits, all proper cricketing shots. He pulled, he cut, he drove. He played all shots today and it was a real treat to watch."

While Dhawan was pleased to be mentioned alongside Tendulkar and Sehwag, he was quick to dismiss comparisons between the knocks. "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 them bat. But I love my batting as well. So, it's difficult for me to pick one favourite knock of the three. 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 television but that's fine because I loved batting."

It was a must-win game for India A if they had to meet Australia A in the final of the tri-series. Their batsmen had come up short on both occasions in tall chases against Australia A but had taken South Africa A for 309 in 38 overs in a rain-hit victory three days ago. Dhawan had made 85 in that game and said he wanted to make a larger score today.

"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," Dhawan said. "A big century was necessary for giving a good total to the team. Once I crossed 100, I was in a different flow. I thought I made a smart choice of shots and things went my way.

"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."

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  • Naresh on August 14, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    There will be some that will label this as a "flat track bully". Well its not done in India - Dhawan has done it in England, WI, Zimbabwe and now SA. He is reeling off scores. Fact is that very few have done it in the world. Indian batsman will always be labelled as such but just look at the 100's that are been reeled off all over the world - not just in India. If it was Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly Shewag, Dhawan etc.....past and present.

  • Dummy4 on August 14, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    Yet another flat track bully! Not a great achievement against a mediocre attack. That said, I have to give him some credit for keeping the same intensity for 44 overs which is great!

  • Dummy4 on August 14, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Shikhar is following the Sachin Path.!!! after all its not a International match.

  • Paul on August 14, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    I scored a faster triple century once. It was in the backyard, against my younger brother. OK, it wasn't in an ODI, but neither was Dhawan's.

  • Al on August 14, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    That was a superb knock by Dhawan. My advice to Dhawan - Don't get greedy. Eat what's on your plate. A triple century on a flat wicket may not mean anything if it's followed by single digit scores on a green wicket.

  • raj on August 13, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    Why is Dhawan playing in India A teams? Maybe I am out of touch with the game today, but isnt India A typically for developing players or younger players trying to recover their form>

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Good inning Dhawan played and of course Sachin and Shewag innings were good but people can't forget Saeed Anwar 194, just check the playing conditions, were surely tougher than all 3 double hundreds in 50 over games. Sachin was master, Shewag was awesome, Dhawan is superb talent along with Kholi but 194 by Saeed Anwar was surely the best ODI inning.

  • Arjun on August 13, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan is a product of the domestic scene and reserves team, where he has played for nearly a decade- and that experience shows. He's made it the hard way, and made that place in the side his own. The selectors should be complimented for having had faith in the domestic system and picking him at just the right time, and this should be the way ahead, instead of repeatedly picking young players prematurely.

  • pushkar on August 13, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Guys, lets all calm down, shall we? first of all, kudos to Dhawan. List A or not, this is still a very good effort. Now, this does not mean much in the larger picture. This series was essentially to help the new Indian players / fringe players to acclimatize with SA conditions, but I dont think flat tracks help in any way. Hope the unofficial tests against SA A are played on more bowler friendly pitches. And to the other point of comparing Dhawan to Anwar, I think we are doing a disservice to the great Anwar. He was a brilliant batsman, who player wonderful cricket at a more challenging time and played high class cricket for a longer duration. We can judge Dhawan if he performs for a good few years. For now, let us enjoy what this man has to offer, without comparisons. Good luck mate

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    what a brilliant performance by youngrising talent. Its a great pleasure to watch him batting.