India’s Sachin Tendulkar dedicated his record 200 not out to the cricket-crazy people of his country after he became the first batsman to score a double century in one-day internationals on Wednesday.
Tendulkar, who opens the batting in ODIs, achieved the landmark in the second one-dayer against South Africa, his magnificent knock guiding the home team to 401-3 in 50 overs.
India won the match by 153 runs to take a winning 2-0 lead in the series after they bowled out the tourists for 248.
Tendulkar has carried the expectations of a nation of 1.2 billion people since his debut as a curly-haired 16-year-old in 1989. Now 36, he holds the record for most runs in tests (13,447) and one-day internationals (17,598) and most centuries in tests (47) and ODIs (46).
Tendulkar hit 200 off 147 balls with 25 fours and three sixes in a masterly effort that combined poise with raw power
The former India captain reached the landmark with a single off Charl Langeveldt in the final over after moving past the previous record score of 194 jointly held by Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar and Zimbabwe’s Charles Coventry with a two off pacer Wayne Parnell.
Tendulkar’s previous highest one-day individual score was 186 not out against New Zealand in Hyderabad in 1999. Anwar made 194 against India in May 1997 while Coventry hit the same total not out against Bangladesh last year.