In this endeavor, Shaw accomplished a remarkable feat, becoming just the third cricketer globally to hit a double century in the tournament’s history. Notably, he broke the previous record of the highest individual score set by Ollie Robinson, who had scored 206 runs in 2022.
In the last edition, both Robinson from Kent and Ali Orr from Sussex had registered scores of 206 runs each, marking the inception of double centuries in the tournament.
Shaw, who hit 25 boundaries and 8 sixes in his double ton knock, took only 22 balls to go from 100 to 150. His 9th List A hundred came up in 81 balls with the help of 14 fours and 2 sixes.
Shaw finally departed at the score of 244 which came in 153 balls and was studded with 28 boundaries and 11 sixes. It was also the sixth highest individual score in the history of List A.
In the opening match against Gloucestershire, Shaw faced a distinctive dismissal as he was declared out on a hit wicket while at 34 runs and then scored 26 runs against Sussex in the second game.
The dynamic cricketer from Mumbai, who was last picked for India for a T20I series in January 2023, last played for India in July 2021. However, his ability to maintain a consistent performance has been challenged in the recent domestic season and the Indian Premier League 2023.
Shaw has also joined a rare group of hitters who have scored several List A double hundreds, including India captain Rohit Sharma, Australia’s left-handed batsman Travis Head, and Ali Brown.
Shaw’s previous double century in List A cricket occurred in February 2021, when he hit an unbeaten 227 for Mumbai against Puducherry, the tournament’s then-highest total.
His 244 is the second-highest List A score in England, after only Brown’s 268 for Surrey against Glamorgan in 2002.
Shaw currently holds the record for the greatest ever List A score by an overseas player in List A cricket, as well as the distinction of being the first hitter to smash List A double hundreds in two nations and for two teams.
Shaw has broken India colleague Cheteshwar Pujara’s record for the best One-Day Cup score by an Indian. He also eclipsed Sourav Ganguly’s 183 for India in the 1999 Men’s ODI World Cup against Sri Lanka for the highest List A score by an Indian batsman in England.
(With Agency inputs)