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

'Had chance to score a triple' - Dhawan

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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 bcci.tv. "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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  • Nampally on August 12, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan, you have joined the ranks of 2 of the greatest ODI openers the world has ever seen, Tendulkar & Sehwag, by scoring 248. A triple would have left you standing all alone! This was a great innings as Mr. Rajput rightly said "I haven't seen a better innings in one day cricket --". The SA captain was high in praise & even went to the extent of saying Dhawan butchered our bowling. It was our misfortune that this game was not televised. The Indian fans missed a real treat of their lifetime. All we can say is well played Sir. Dhawan totally over shadowed Pujara's magnificient maiden ODI century. Their partnership of 280 runs + Indian total of 433 will also remain an Indian, if not a world record, in ODI cricket. India can now boast of a left handed Sehwag - the Governor General of the Crease. So look out SA during the forthcoming test series. Steyn already knows Dhawan as his team mate from Hyderabad in the IPL. I am sure he would have rejoiced Dhawan's innings of 248.

  • Naresh28 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.

  • 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!

  • on August 14, 2013, 5:56 GMT

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

  • __PK 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_Bundy1 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.

  • rajrandom 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>

  • 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_M 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.

  • TestOfTime 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

  • Nampally on August 12, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan, you have joined the ranks of 2 of the greatest ODI openers the world has ever seen, Tendulkar & Sehwag, by scoring 248. A triple would have left you standing all alone! This was a great innings as Mr. Rajput rightly said "I haven't seen a better innings in one day cricket --". The SA captain was high in praise & even went to the extent of saying Dhawan butchered our bowling. It was our misfortune that this game was not televised. The Indian fans missed a real treat of their lifetime. All we can say is well played Sir. Dhawan totally over shadowed Pujara's magnificient maiden ODI century. Their partnership of 280 runs + Indian total of 433 will also remain an Indian, if not a world record, in ODI cricket. India can now boast of a left handed Sehwag - the Governor General of the Crease. So look out SA during the forthcoming test series. Steyn already knows Dhawan as his team mate from Hyderabad in the IPL. I am sure he would have rejoiced Dhawan's innings of 248.

  • Naresh28 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.

  • 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!

  • on August 14, 2013, 5:56 GMT

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

  • __PK 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_Bundy1 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.

  • rajrandom 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>

  • 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_M 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.

  • TestOfTime 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

  • on August 13, 2013, 13:47 GMT

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

  • binu.emiliya on August 13, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    @Soaf, Dont worry friend, Being an Indian I like Saeed Anwar,Yousf & Basith Ali ( I like his style of play),But you have very good bowlers,I am just thinkinh How deadly will be Junaid with Aamir when he returns.I have noated two good batsmen in U19 level Sami Aslam and Imam ul Haq

  • SauShar on August 13, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    What a knock!!! fabulous, pure class by a classic batsman... The late arrival of Shikhar Dhawan in the international cricket giving early thunders and wonders and chance for apologies for the selection committee for not picking him up earlier. Had he picked earlier, no wonder he would have been completed 5-6 thousands runs in the international cricket by now... But the question is "are we missing the talent to pick like we did in Shikhar Dhawan case"? I think yes! I request selectors to have a look at some players like Sanju Sampson (Exceptional Talent), Unmukt Chand (fantastic player and great fielder too), Naman Ojha (ignored player but fantastic batsman). Though, the average of these players does not justify their talent like Shikhar Dhawan but I am very much sure that if given opportunities these guys are going to showcase their talent for sure...good luck guys!!! Congratulations Shikhar Dhawan. I wish you reach at the SHIKHAR of all the batting records.. Thanks! Saurabh

  • crocker on August 13, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    May be at par with Kapil Dev's 183 vs Zimbabwe in 1983 World Cup. So, Indians play well when there is no live telecast ?

  • Marktc on August 13, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    To put this in perspective..both teams batted well, despite SA falling only 30 runs short. Not a massive difference for the high scores involved. Before we point fingers at the bowlers, surely we need to look at the pitch, which was dead. Batting was easier than it should have been, and although all credit goes to the batsman who made the big scores, it must be borne in mind that the track assisted them more than most would have.

  • on August 13, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Does anyone know if these matches are being telecasted on any sports channel...

    By the way SA is on a downfall and that said proved in England, Sri Lanka. They would be in a more worse condition than Australia after retirement of Steyn.... Their only spearhead.... Just k naive if Steyn is unfit for India tour..... Result would be 3-0 in India favor. All their batsmen seem to have moulded to twenty twenty cricket....

  • on August 13, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Im sorry, but there were no good bowlers in the line up, but hey when we face india soon we will rectify this... Nampally!

  • Saffa_1 on August 13, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    @Vidit Solanki - You cant watch it live, the match finished a while ago. I'm sure you can catch the highlights though.

  • on August 13, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Shikhar dhawan fantastic innings

  • indi_flat_track_bully on August 13, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Dear Nampally, please also consider that SA only fell 30 or so runs behind the target. What does that tell us about the pitch and the 2 bowling attacks.

    I dont think SA has anything to worry about in the forthcoming series with India, they will not prepare flat tracks like this. A very cunning plan from the proteas.

  • iNsiDers on August 13, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Good Knock but you have to consider the bowling attack he faced.

  • on August 13, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    This is NOT INTERNATIONAL match. Guys don't misunderstand .... this is second highest score in any One Day cricket. not ODI ....

  • mjrvasu on August 13, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Is there any TV broadcast at all for this series?

  • on August 13, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Interesting how Nampally keeps writing 'ODI'. It was a List A match, friend. And the best partnership in limited overs cricket, which still remains a world record, stands at 331, between Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.

  • on August 13, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    @elginioroshan, i dint mean to belittle any player. if u read my earlier comment, i enumerated the factors which result in such scores which dont happen everyday, which otherwise r nothing but fluke[read whichever way u like].i need not b politically correct.

  • Pathiyal on August 13, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    wait wait!!! lets see his batting against the likes of Steyn, Morkel etc... these matches are a bit easier for someone who enjoys a dream season.

  • concerned_cricketer on August 13, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan, Well done ! Fantastic innings. This is indeed a really really purple patch. The kind of form that children dream of. Hold on to it as long as you can. Even more importantly enjoy it and savour it and relish it. Write down in your diary what it feels like. It will be really special for you when you read it years later. Thanks for the entertainment. (I first thought espncricinfo site had developed some sort of error in terms of scoring!)

  • dork29 on August 13, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    One keeps wondering at how, the human being constantly tries to push the envelope in accomplishing feats which were once unheard of. Whether it is Ussain Bolt breaking the 9.6 sec barrier, Bob Beamon's record being breached, conquering Mount Everst or stepping on the moon. Chris Gayle goes and scores 200 in a 20 over match and now Dhawan knocks on teh doors of a triple in a 50 over match!!! These are exciting times!!!

  • on August 13, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    How can I see this match live on tv please tell me

  • karan1609 on August 13, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Guys.. This isn't a world record as you might be understanding. Don't forget that this was a List A match. Here's the record list for List A: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/117935.html

  • CricketFANonly on August 13, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Such a misleading article by the way! Nothing against the knock (well played) but why the hype for comparing it with even names of Tendulkar and Sehwag. They scored it in internationals and there are many if not 100s to score double in first class. Are you working on his portfolio at the moment? lolz

    And @soaf get a life......

  • elgenioroshan on August 13, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    @Anand Jakhotia - What kind of a cricket fan are you? Anwar's 194, Sachin's 200 and Sehwag's 219 was a fluke? LOL ! Did you even see those games? Both those matches were one-sided where India won comfortably so you cant say those were complete flat tracks. Sachin's 200 didn't comprise of a single false shot. It was all class of the great legend smacking Dale Steyn, the best bowler today all over. It is so saddening to see some people not give credit where it is due.

  • on August 13, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    what a history yaar................nice go ahead...........

  • Seether1 on August 13, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    @Nampally: Please this was not an ODI, as ODI means One Day International. This was a List A game, hence cannot be compared to the knocks of Sachin and Sehwag. Well done anyway to Dhawan!

  • on August 13, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    wow in reply SA had almost scored 400 runs... what was the ground like? was it with 50ft boundaries??

  • AltafPatel on August 13, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Dhavan playered one of most remember able knock, congrates...still the question is will pitches like these, not only of yesterday of whole series, will make youngsters strong enough to play in upcoming ODI and Tests series against SA where they will not be only bouncy but Steyn, Philander, Morkle, Tsotsobe will be there ? The purpose of the tournament to make young generation get used to bouncy track that they have missed so far.

  • Rafelgibt on August 13, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    Well done.....I hope he just not finished his scoring abilities in 2013 and would continue in upcoming years as well.

  • on August 13, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Well done Shikar but dont get carried away. Even the saffers butched the indians & almost chased the target. history testifies that these once in a while superaltive batting performances should'nt b deemed significant. remember 194 from saeed anwar, similar score from a zimbabwean[sorry dont remember his name], sachin's 200*, sehwag's 219. these were just flukes coupled with superlative batting/tired bowlers/highway pitches.ther's no live streaming, so v cant judge the quality of shots.

  • on August 13, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/43650.html I guess Mr Soaf You Need to recheck the stats of M yousuf and Younis Khan http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/43652.html

    I guess you got the stats wrong :P Take a chill pill :P

  • on August 13, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Dhawan continues his career successful.....

  • on August 13, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    People are taking a list a century too seriously, its not even the highest score and even khalid latif has a list A century

  • naveed5700 on August 13, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    Wheneva i see him bat, I see a reflection of Saeed Anwar in his batting...

  • calm_water on August 13, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Shikhar.....defining name with his deeds on field.....terrific lad....have a long way to go......

  • soaf on August 13, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    Batsmen of current indian side such as kohli, dhawan and rohit are better than the fake pakistani batting legends of past.Our pakistani mind has been infested by our ex cricketers from decades that "we are superior in natural flair "but this claim of our experts and former cricketers is just a white lie.where are standing in the world right now? we dont have a single test batsmen who has average of over fifty in his career .our domestic structure has pool of "talented" batsmen who can neither defend nor they can attack.we still couldnt able replace a mindless slogger who still claim that there is no one better than him in domestic circuit and unfortunately he is dead right. it is sad to see our cricket structure in such dismay and disarray and our future looks bleak.Only a miracle can save our cricket.otherwise our cricket is destined towards a black hole and deserve to be doomed. from a hopeless pakistani fan

  • soaf on August 13, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    one of the best innings ever in the history of one days.unfortunately,not an international fixture but nevertheless hats off to MR. Dhawan for registering such a brilliant and brutal piece of knock. clearly shows that india has the pool of such talented youngsters who just require few months not years to show the world what they are made of. unlike pakistan,where cricket experts are always heralding that "we are the most talanted nation the world" but the reality is just opposite that we still couldnt able to produce a single batsman as half as good as anwar (leave sachin dravid alone).on the other hand Our opener respected Mr Farhat has been part of our set up for over a decade but still struggle to score in double figures.

  • on August 13, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    Why is Dhawan playing in India A? Surely he's a first choice player. This defeats the purpose of the A teams playing each other.

  • hhillbumper on August 12, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    Lets see how well he does all over the world before the Indian fans start calling him the next greatest batsman of all time

  • Sheikasif on August 12, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    Well done Dhawan. Gud luck for future. India is producing good batsman but very few bowlers. India should get some good bowling coach in the team. Pandey was wonderful. India, pliz send team to Bangladesh. India A TEAM WILL BE GOOD...

  • Sheikasif on August 12, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    Well done Dhawan. Gud luck for future. India is producing good batsman but very few bowlers. India should get some good bowling coach in the team. Pandey was wonderful. India, pliz send team to Bangladesh. India A TEAM WILL BE GOOD...

  • hhillbumper on August 12, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    Lets see how well he does all over the world before the Indian fans start calling him the next greatest batsman of all time

  • on August 13, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    Why is Dhawan playing in India A? Surely he's a first choice player. This defeats the purpose of the A teams playing each other.

  • soaf on August 13, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    one of the best innings ever in the history of one days.unfortunately,not an international fixture but nevertheless hats off to MR. Dhawan for registering such a brilliant and brutal piece of knock. clearly shows that india has the pool of such talented youngsters who just require few months not years to show the world what they are made of. unlike pakistan,where cricket experts are always heralding that "we are the most talanted nation the world" but the reality is just opposite that we still couldnt able to produce a single batsman as half as good as anwar (leave sachin dravid alone).on the other hand Our opener respected Mr Farhat has been part of our set up for over a decade but still struggle to score in double figures.

  • soaf on August 13, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    Batsmen of current indian side such as kohli, dhawan and rohit are better than the fake pakistani batting legends of past.Our pakistani mind has been infested by our ex cricketers from decades that "we are superior in natural flair "but this claim of our experts and former cricketers is just a white lie.where are standing in the world right now? we dont have a single test batsmen who has average of over fifty in his career .our domestic structure has pool of "talented" batsmen who can neither defend nor they can attack.we still couldnt able replace a mindless slogger who still claim that there is no one better than him in domestic circuit and unfortunately he is dead right. it is sad to see our cricket structure in such dismay and disarray and our future looks bleak.Only a miracle can save our cricket.otherwise our cricket is destined towards a black hole and deserve to be doomed. from a hopeless pakistani fan

  • calm_water on August 13, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Shikhar.....defining name with his deeds on field.....terrific lad....have a long way to go......

  • naveed5700 on August 13, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    Wheneva i see him bat, I see a reflection of Saeed Anwar in his batting...

  • on August 13, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    People are taking a list a century too seriously, its not even the highest score and even khalid latif has a list A century

  • on August 13, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Dhawan continues his career successful.....

  • on August 13, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/43650.html I guess Mr Soaf You Need to recheck the stats of M yousuf and Younis Khan http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/43652.html

    I guess you got the stats wrong :P Take a chill pill :P