Numbers Game: Dhawan enters the record books

It was the kind of innings that one would have paid a lot of money to watch. However, with the India A tour not being telecast, cricket fans around the the world missed a chance to watch Shikhar Dhawan's record-breaking run in international cricket continue.

He started off his Test career with a blistering knock of 187 against Australia in Mohali — the fastest century by a Test debutant and his performances since only show that this guy is going to keep getting better.

Dhawan’s breathtaking 248 runs off 150 balls on Monday helped India A beat South Africa A by 39 runs and secure a berth in the final of tri-series involving Australia A.

Dhawan has been simply stunning since making his India debut. Reuters

Dhawan has been simply stunning since making his India debut. Reuters

Indeed, we can't wait for the Test tour of South Africa to begin. This innings will give him a lot of confidence ahead of the tour which is scheduled to begin somewhere in November (the BCCI hasn't confirmed the dates as yet).

Here are a few statistics that emerged as a result of his record-breaking innings:

- Dhawan’s first 100 came off only 86 balls, the second hundred came off only 46 balls as he raced to his first List A double hundred in only 132 balls.

- Dhawan made 248 in 150 balls including 7 sixes and 30 fours. His 30 fours equalled the List A record for the most fours by Aly Brown during his 268.

- Dhawan is only the third Indian to have scored a double hundred in one-dayers — Sachin Tendulkar and Sehwag are the other two.

- Highest individual scores in limited-over games

  1. 268 - Ali Brown
  2. 248 - Shikhar Dhawan
  3. 222* - G Pollock
  4. 222 - J How
  5. 219 -V Sehwag

You can see the entire list HERE

- India A's 433/3 is the sixth highest total in limited-overs cricket and the second highest by a team from the sub-continent after SL's 443/9. The highest team score by any Indian team before this match was: 418/5 vs West Indies at Indore in 2011.

- Highest successful chase in a List A match is 438/9 by S Africa vs Australia at Johannesburg in 2006. But the SA A team didn't even get close.

- Shikhar Dhawan's 248 is now the highest for any country A side. Prev best: 173* by Upul Tharanga for SLA vs SAfA at East London in Sep 2008

- This was also Dhawan's 14th List A century. His fifth List A century in 2013 -- illustrating just good he has been this year.

Published Date: Aug 13, 2013 03:32 pm | Updated Date: Aug 13, 2013 03:37 pm

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