Uttarakhand opener Karn Veer Kaushal entered the record books by scoring the first double century in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, smashing 202 off 135 balls, to star in a 199-run rout of Sikkim in a Plate group match here Saturday.Also Read - No Ranji Trophy in 2021, Vijay Hazare Could Get Preference: Report
The in-form Kaushal, who has now three 100-plus scores from seven matches, eclipsed Ajinkya Rahane’s 187 for Mumbai against Maharashtra in Pune in 2007-08. Also Read - Gautam Gambhir Leads Delhi to Vijay Hazare Semifinals After Khejroliya Hat-trick
In List A cricket, which includes ODIs, the 200-mark has been breached six times by Indian batsmen — Rohit Sharma (thrice), Virender Sehwag, Shikhar Dhawan and Sachin Tendulkar one each. But this is for the first time it has happened in the country’s domestic circuit. Also Read - Prithvi should bat just like he does for Mumbai in Ranji Trophy: Rahane
Kaushal also shattered the record for the highest opening stand in List A cricket in India when he along with his opening partner, Vineet Saxena (100 runs of 133 balls), put on 296 runs to lay the foundation for Uttarakhand’s 366 for two in 50 overs.
Shikhar Dhawan and Aakash Chopra had put on an unbeaten 277 for Delhi versus Punjab in 2007-08 in the previous highest opening stand.
“I felt very nice when I completed it, but I didn’t know then that it was a record. I never expected it,” the 27-year-old said.
“Only when I was about 30 runs short, I said to myself ‘Okay, I can try for a double-century’. I got to know that I was the first one to score a double-century after I came back to the dressing room.”
Sikkim’s decision to bowl first backfired at the GS Patel Stadium as openers Kaushal and Saxena feasted on the bowling.
Kaushal, who debuted against Bihar in this tournament, smashed 18 fours and nine sixes in a strike rate of 149.63 on the way to his third 100-plus score — the most in the tournament so far.
Kaushal’s first century (101) was against Puducherry, while in the last match he scored 118 versus Mizoram. He now has 467 runs in seven matches at an average of 77.83 and strike-rate of 122.25, second to Meghalaya’s Bisht (488 runs).
Chasing the huge target, Sikkim’s outing with the bat too turned out to be one of misery as they lost four wickets for 42 inside 12 overs before half centuries by Lee Yong Lepcha and Padam Limboo took them to 167 for six in 50 overs.
The victory also kept afloat Uttarakhand’s hopes of qualifying for the next round as they moved up to the second spot with 24 points from seven matches.
With one more game remaining for them against Arunachal Pradesh, they not only need to win that game but also hope that Bihar lose their last match against Mizoram in order for Uttarakhand to get through to the quarters.
One team from the plate group make the quarters.
At Anand: Mizoram 100; 42.3 overs (Taruwar Kohli 33; Inakato Zhimomi 3/8, Imilwati Lemtur 3/24) lost to Nagaland 102/2; 12.5 overs (Nitesh Lochab 49 not out; Zorinliana 2/21) by eight wickets.
At Nadiad: Uttarakhand 366/2; 50 overs (Karn Veer Kaushal 202, Vineet Saxena 100; Mendup Bhutia 2/82) beat Sikkim 167/6; 50 overs (Lee Yong Lepcha 65, Padam Limboo 51 not out; Deepak Dhapola 3/19) by 199 runs.
At Vadodara: Meghalaya 238/5; 50 overs (Yogesh Nagar 67 not out, Puneet Bisht 58; Jitender 3/29) beat Manipur 170; 45.4 overs (Yashpal Singh 106 not out; Lakhan Singh 3/24, Mark Ingty 2/23) by 68 runs.