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Tendulkar becomes first batsman to score double century in ODIs
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 06:36:11 PM, Agencies
New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday became the first batsman in the history of one-day international cricket to score a double century.
The capacity crowd at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium witnessed history as Tendulkar, statistically the greatest batsman the game has ever seen, pushed a Charl Langeveldt delivery through the off-side and ran a single to achieve a feat which no other cricketer has achieved.
Playing against South Africa at Gwalior, Sachin played an offensive knock on a pitch that was heavily loaded in favour of batsmen and reached the milestone in 147 balls.
One Day , since its 1971 inception, had to wait nearly four decades to see a batsman score 200. The previous best mark was shared by Zimbabwean Charles Coventry (194 not out) and Pakistan's Saeed Anwar (194).
The crowd gave him a standing ovation as the entire stadium erupted in euphoria while his teammates were simply ecstatic as they clapped and hugged each other, basking in the glory of their senior teammates.
Tendulkar scored an unbeaten 200 off 147 balls (25×4s, 3×6s) and broke the record of Zimbabwean Charles Coventry (194 not out) set against Bangladesh in Bulawayo last year.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained unbeaten on 68 while Dinesh Karthink made 79.
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