"I was aware of the record and it felt really special to score these runs," Dhawan told said after the match 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 if I had batted till the end I had a chance to score a triple hundred. I am happy with what I scored though," he said.
     
"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 his way to a 150-ball knock of 248 runs. He overtook Virender Sehwag's 219 in an ODI against West Indies in 2011 to register the highest List A score by an Indian.
     
He became the third Indian, after Sachin Tendulkar and Sehwag to score a double century in a 50-over match. Dhawan's 248 also became the second highest List A score of all time, after England's Alistair Brown's 268.
     
Dhawan, who smashed his way to a 187-run knock on Test debut earlier this year, said Monday's knock was very special.
     
"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," Dhawan said.
     
The left-handed opener, however, kept things in perspective and said the knocks by Tendulkar and Shewag had a bigger context.

(Agencies)

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