Dhawan doesn’t regret missing record
The Delhi dazzler slammed a 150-ball 248 for India A against South Africa A, which was just 20 runs short of Alistair Brown’s world-record score of 268 for Surrey against Glamorgan at The Oval in 2002. However, Dhawan is not complaining.
"I was aware of the record and it felt really special to score these runs," Dhawan told bcci.tv on Monday after India A's 39-run win over South Africa A, which took them to the tri-series final against Australia A.
"When I got out in the 44th over it occurred to me that had I batted till the end I had a chance to score a triple hundred. I am happy with what I scored though. It did cross my mind that I joined Sachin 'paaji' and Viru 'paaji' in scoring a double century in a one-day game," he added.
Dhawan toppled quite a few batting records en route to a 150-ball knock of 248. He overtook Virender Sehwag's 219 in an ODI against West Indies in 2011 to register the highest List A score by an Indian.
However, the left-handed opener said Sachin Tendulkar (200* vs South Africa at Gwalior in 2010) and Sehwag's double-centuries were more valuable since they came in ODIs.
"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 a favourite knock out of the three," Dhawan mentioned.
The fact that this innings came against a strong South African team in their own backyard also pleased him a lot.
"This will remain one of my favourite matches because I scored 200 for the first time in a 50-over game. Unfortunately it wasn't broadcast live on television but that's fine because I loved batting," concluded Dhawan.
To read more news and columns, log on to www.starsports.com