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The first double-hundred in ODI history

On February 23, 2010, as was his norm, Sachin Tendulkar made history. He scored the first ODI double hundred. It took nearly 40 years of waiting and it was well worth it. That day the spectators at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium became the envy of not just Indian but worldwide cricket fans, as they witnessed the master blaster play a trailblazing innings handed the series to India with a 153-run annihilation. Having suffered the ignominy of being run-out cheaply in the previous match, Sachin was out to prove a point. His team-mates stood by and admired as the master unfurled all the shots in his repertoire.

Even at 36, Sachin was showing no signs of ageing. Most batsmen are curbed by fatigue, cramps and paucity of time from going that extra mile to hit the 200-mark. Tendulkar did cramp up after crossing 150, but he didn’t opt for a runner. His experience of 20 years at the international level came into the fore in this historic innings, as he stayed at the crease from the first ball to the last, without once losing focus. It was a flawless innings – no chances offered, no dropped catches, not even a hint of desperation from the great man. In the 46th over, with a flick past short fine-leg, Tendulkar took the two runs to break the record for the highest ODI score, going past the 194 made by Zimbabwe’s Charles Coventry and Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar. The feat was made all the more endearing by his muted celebration. He didn’t raise his bat, merely shook hands with Mark Boucher and simply carried on batting.

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