Sachin Tendulkar hits an ODI double hundred

Sachin Tendulkar adds a mere 200

Due respect to Saeed Anwar, but from the minute Zimbabwe’s Charles Coventry equalled his world record ODI score of 194 against Bangladesh, someone needed to go past it.

That someone was Sachin Tendulkar. There are some pretty ordinary batsmen making big scores these days, but Sachin is not one of them. 200 not out is never a bad knock, but in a one-day international, it’s unique. South Africa were given a profound hiding.

Tendulkar lost his technique somewhere around 160 as his body started to cave in, but he didn’t let it stop him. He didn’t even let it slow him. He manipulated his calf muscles and punched himself in the back, trying to physically persuade his body into working order. The grimaces said that he wasn’t succeeding.

After passing the 194, Tendulkar found himself on 199 for what seemed like an age as Mahendra Dhoni monopolised the strike and repeatedly hit sixes. Given a ball to face in the last over, the crowd noise went up to 11. Tendulkar was sufficiently unarsed by the significance of the moment to take his chance and everyone saluted the finest one-day international batsman there’s ever been.

Sachin Tendulkar: 20 years of batting like this is beyond comprehension.

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  1. Yessss! I really wanted him to be the first one to score a double century. No doubt there will be others to do so in near future, but Tendulkar deserved to be the first one to get there.

  2. Evil Dhoni, who needs sixes?

  3. Pffft, a girl’s scored more than him in an innings.

  4. Folks this really a Great Achivemnet by God Of Cricket!
    We have waited alot for this to happen! But at last sachin Did this!
    Head offs to you Sachin 🙂

    Vote for Sachin Now :
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  5. Dammit, you posted this minutes after I posted on the other post. I’m really glad that an all-time great ODI player has this record, no offense to Anwar or Coventry. I wouldn’t mind if King Viv had this record, but no one else.

    ^Head offs? Is that like a hats off?

  6. Dammit, you posted this minutes after I posted on the other post. I’m really glad that an all-time great ODI player has this record, no offense to Anwar or Coventry. I wouldn’t mind if King Viv had this record, but no one else

    ^Head offs? Is that like a hats off?

  7. Dammit, dammit, dammit. I refreshed this page a minute ago an the first post wasn’t there.

  8. A living legend.

    A legend who will live long after lots of other living legends have died.

  9. Unarsed is a very cool word

  10. How many ‘hangers on’ do they need to have at presentation ceremonies in India.

  11. @Dan: As many as can fit on the podium

  12. @ sami girls were bowling too that girl.. Sachin did it against men, one of them Dale Steyn.

    SRT is simply the best…

  13. Not at all sexist, Sandeep. Good job.

  14. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke!

    [He only did it cos he knew I was going to be out all day….]

  15. Sad that I could watch the match only till DK’s dismissal. But watched the highlights twice already, read the Cricinfo commentary once and wrote my blog.

  16. Eh… You should at least have 2000 words in a post for that your Highness!!

    This just won’t do. UncleJ’s already taken the understatement away. Now, you should swing the other way. Royalty shouldn’t be copying non-royalty like the High Priest of Sehwagology.

  17. Sachin Tendulkar will always have a special place in my heart. For several years now, he’s been the only test player who was also playing when my late father was alive. I know this isn’t logical but when sachin stops, I will feel like some kind of tie is broken. My husband bought me a signed sachin boot for our first Christmas together, which is about as good a sign as any that you’re meant to be with someone. All of this is a roundabout way of saying that this piece, kc, made me tear up more than a little.

  18. King Cricket

    February 25, 2010 at 8:58 am

    That’s not normally how we make people cry. Nice sentiments though, Miriam – and it does make sense.

    Horatius, read the ’20 years of Sachin’ post. That’s what we would have written if we hadn’t done so already.

  19. I knew that only Sachin can do these type of wonders. :). He is really a great batsman and he will be No.1.

  20. FIRST ONE I TELL EVERY ONE SHOULD PRAY FOR SACHIN TO MAKE LEGEND

    ppl… this man is a legend. india is proud that it gave birth to sachin. GO ON MASTER BLASTER,GO ON.

    Well no doubt that he is real master blaster. 200 runs are not easy to score against the team like south africa. He will be remembered for all what he done for cricket and with cricket. Truly a world class trophy.Congratulations

    THANKS TO SACHIN for making the historical word record and all world to see the indian power.

  21. Well said, Praveen. He is quite a good batsman, isn’t he?

  22. Sachin was on 196, i was quitely watching the match at my deskhere in UAE, my boss (who is British) comes over to me to give me some more boring workand stands beside me, i didnt notice him at first, when i finally did i was about to shut the site when bossie says… keep it on Sachin should get 200, he saw the game with me and we both shared high fives… had an impromtu party too….

  23. The whole nation feels proud on Sachin,
    The contributtion of Sachin has raised the the reputation of nation on number one in the world,
    Sachin is a Real Ratna.

  24. nonsense dhoni has not gave sachine chance to play but sachine did 200

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