India’s Prithvi Shaw struck the sixth highest individual one-day score on Wednesday when he blasted an extraordinary 244 for Northamptonshire in their English county One-Day Cup match at home to Somerset.
The 23-year-old, opening the batting, faced just 153 balls, including 28 fours and 11 sixes as Northamptonshire piled up 415-8 en route to an 87-run win at Wantage Road.
Shaw’s innings was the sixth-highest individual score in any limited overs match, with only Ali Brown’s 268 for Surrey against Glamorgan in 2002 a higher solo total in an English county match of this kind.
Long tipped for batting stardom after making a mammoth 546 in a single innings as a 14-year-old during a school match, the right-hander’s first 100 runs Wednesday came off 81 balls with Shaw facing a mere 48 balls for his second 100.
Shaw, who made a century on Test debut for India as an 18-year-old, comfortably surpassed Northamptonshire’s previous highest limited-overs individual record score of 172* by former England batsman Wayne Larkins, made in a 40-over match back in 1983.
Shaw was eventually dismissed three balls from the end of the innings, caught at deep mid-wicket off seamer Danny Lamb.
This is 6 minutes of pure batting heaven from Prithvi Shaw.
— Northamptonshire CCC (@NorthantsCCC) August 9, 2023
This was the second time Shaw had made a double century in a domestic one-day match, following his unbeaten 227 for Mumbai against Puducherry in 2021.
Shaw has so far represented India in 12 matches across all three international formats with the last of those appearances coming two years ago.
Highest individual scores in one-day games:
277 – Narayan Jagadeesan, Tamil Nadu v Arunachal, 2022
268 – Alistair Brown, Surrey v Glamorgan, 2002
264 – Rohit Sharma, India v Sri Lanka, 2014
257 – D’Arcy Short, Western Australia v Queensland, 2018
248 – Shikhar Dhawan, India A v South Africa A, 2013
244 – Prithvi Shaw, Northamptonshire v Somerset, 2023
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