When Sachin Tendulkar scored ODI’s first double hundred

Saeed Anwar’s 194 against India in 1997 was the highest score in the One-Day International (ODI) format for a long time. Charles Coventry from Zimbabwe came close in 2009 but couldn’t surpass it. Earlier too, there were batsmen who looked like they would surpass the mark like Sourav Ganguly at Taunton in 1999 and then Sanath Jayasuriya at Sharjah in 2000, but Anwar’s record stood still.

But on February 24, 2010, Sachin Tendulkar, arguably the greatest batsman in the ODI format, surpassed the 194 mark and went on to be the first batsman in this format to register a double hundred — and against a quality South African bowling attack.

It was a placid batting wicket at Gwalior that India opted to bat first. Tendulkar was consistently middling the ball. His moment came in the 50th over which he described in his autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’: “…I steered the ball behind point for a single, becoming the first in the history of cricket to score an ODI double century. I was particularly glad I had been able it achieve this landmark in front of a home crowd. The team total had reached 400 and the sensation could not have been any better.”

In the above photograph we see Tendulkar celebrating his double hundred. He remained not out at 200 from 147 balls, in an innings that contained 25 fours and three sixes. India went on to win the match by 153 runs.

Co-incidentally, exactly five years later, Chris Gayle scored 215 against Zimbabwe, scoring the first ever double hundred in a World Cup.