Double century in a 50-over game seemed somewhat like a dream. But no more, Sachin Tendulkar created a record by becoming the first batsman in the history of cricket to score a double century in One Day Internationals.
Sachin has been playing for India since 1989 and ever since has been a favorite among Indian cricket fans. Many watch cricket only for him and stop watching when he gets out.
Sachin already holds several records to his name, including the highest scorer in both One days as well as test matches. He also is the leading century maker in both forms of the game.
Today, in the one day match against South Africa at Gwalior, when Sachin completed his 46th century, many would have wished Saching can go on to complete his double century. And this is what he exactly did. In the final two overs, when Sachin was at 199, and Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was belting the bowlers for sixes, almost no one was amused. They all wanted Sachin to come on strike and complete his double century. However, Mahendra Singh Dhoni played the 5 balls and took a single of the last ball of the 49th over. When 50th over starter and Dhoni hit the first ball to the boundary, everyone was worried. Would Sachin remain not-out at 199, will Dhoni ever give him the strike? Then it happened. Second ball of last over, Dhoni took a single and Sachin came on to bat. 4th ball of last over Sachin took one run to score the first ever double century in ODI’s, sending stadium and entire India into a celebration spree. Sachin took just 147 balls to complete this, as India made 401 in 50 overs. Later, India won the game by 153 runs.
Sachin’s previous best was 186* which he made against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1999. He also scored 175 recently against Australia. Today’s 200 eclipses Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar and Zimbabwe’s Charles Coventry 194.