This day that year: Tendulkar becomes first player to score 200 in ODIs

Tendulkar broke a barrier that had not been breached in over 40 years on this day in 2010.

This date will be etched in memories of all Indian cricket fans because it was on this day exactly seven years ago that Sachin Tendulkar became the first man on the planet to score a double-century in One-Day International (ODI) cricket.

Tendulkar overcame cramps, heat and humidity to script an amazing innings which contained 100 runs in four alone. He finished on exactly 200 not out, taking his tally of ODI centuries to 46. One-day international cricket, 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 against Bangladesh in 2009) and Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar (194 against India in 1997).

The crowd stood as one, the opponents applauded, teammates cheered and the world saw history being made. Tendulkar, tired but composed, took off his helmet, looked skyward, closed his eyes to offer a silent prayer.

His captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni came down from the striker’s end to shake hands and hug him. He remained unbeaten on 200 runs which is Sachin’s career best ODI score.

India went on to score 401 at the loss of 3 wickets and eventually won the match by 153 runs.

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