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Monday, August 12, 2013

Shikhar Dhawan scores 248.........

He made his T20I debut against West Indies in June 2011 tour at Queen's Park Oval, under captaincy of Suresh Raina and opened along with wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel in which he scored 5 of 11 deliveries faced before being caught behind to keeper Andre Fletcher off captain Darren Sammy.  Can you imagine who this prodigious talent is ????  He has played only one test having scored brilliant 187 and in 19 One day internationals has scored 776 with 3 centuries and 3 fifties. 

Easy one…. Before that have you heard of AD Brown who is only one standing above him in First class limited overs cricket…. Nicknamed Lordy in an allusion to Ted Dexter, Brown never reached the real heights….

Today, Cricinfo reports that 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. Dhawan arrived at the century-mark off 86 balls with a straight-driven boundary in the 27th over, but 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, signalling the start off an unprecedented attack.

The scorecard of the match played at LC de Villiers Oval, Pretoria makes a great reading- Murali Vijay 40 off 37; Cheteshwar Pujara 109 off 97 balls and in between Shikhar Dhawan 248 [yes Two hundred Forty Eight] in just 150 balls with 30 boundaries and 7 over it.  India A made 433 in 50 overs….

Shikhar Dhawan, indeed great…. And where were you hidden all these days !!!

Now getting back to the start, AD Brown played 16 One day internationals for England ~ made one century and retired in 2011 ending his 22 year country cricket career.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

12th Aug 2013.

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