Samir Chopra February 25, 2010

The unsurprising double-centurion

 
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Truth be told, it seemed like there was only person who could pull it off: Tendulkar © Getty Images
 

I tend to be a bit obsessed about cricket statistics. And given my vintage, it's entirely understandable that Test statistics tend to reign supreme. Indeed, to this day, one of the reasons that I don't get so hung up on the results of one-day internationals is that I started off thinking of them as unofficial games. But official they are, and their statistics are recorded faithfully. And there was one one-day statistic that I did spend some time thinking about: would a batsman ever make a double-ton in a one-day game?

I first entertained this thought not because of Viv Richards' 189 against England in 1984 but because of a glorious innings that preceded it: David Gower's 158 off 118 balls against New Zealand at Brisbane during the 1982-83 WSC triangular. For the time, Gower's innings was a true paradigm subverter; that rate of scoring was unprecedented, his domination complete. Indeed, that innings stood out even more than Richards' did, because, well, Viv was Viv, and you expected him to do that sort of thing. But Gower amping it up at a strike rate of 133, hitting four sixes, and all of the rest made me think that perhaps someday, someone could pull it off. (For the record, Viv's strike rate was 111 so Gower had one over the great Viv in that regard!)

When the modern era of one-day internationals got underway, the 200 became a real possibility. Of the ten 180-plus scores in one-day internationals, there are only two from the 1980s. And yes, both of them are by the great Viv. All hail the King! Folks like Anwar, Hayden, Jayasuriya, Kirsten, Ganguly, Dhoni, Tendulkar, and, er, Charles Coventry, racked up the rest. I did think for a while that the 200 would come in a World Cup game against one of the minnows.

And Sehwag's feats seemed to make him the logical choice to put your money on when it came to the business of going past the 200 barrier. But Sehwag doesn't make big scores in ODIs. His name features nowhere in the list of big-scorers in that variety of the game for whatever reason. I've given up trying to understand that particular genius.

It seemed to me that if 200 was to be made, it would be made by an opener, someone who would score quickly in the first 15, settle down in the mid-section, and then have enough nous and stamina to play through the inevitable acceleration to the end. And truth be told, it seemed like there was only person who could pull it off: Tendulkar.

For if there is one thing that seems to come easily to Tendulkar, it is the kind of innings I've just described. They are a dime-a-dozen for this man. He does it effortlessly, shifting gears when he wants, racking up runs, not letting his strike-rate drop. It always seemed like a matter of time before he would not lose his wicket in the final acceleration and simply go on to the logical next destination of the double-ton. 200 runs off 150 balls (a strike rate of 133.33) always seemed eminently doable for this master of the limited-overs game. No one else seemed to have the full package.

And on February 24th, he did it. Indeed, he seemed to have calculated it perfectly: 200 off 147 balls. The initial acceleration, the quick, expert farming of well-run singles and doubles, the final acceleration. It was a masterpiece of attack and accumulation (and the brilliance of shots was something to behold). And he did it against South Africa on an appropriate stage, a ground at home, in front of thousands of his ever-adoring fans.

The genius of this man is that such a singular feat should always have seemed so well within his reach, that his final breach of the barrier should come as no surprise.

Samir Chopra lives in Brooklyn and teaches Philosophy at the City University of New York. He tweets here

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  • Anonymous on March 15, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    @waterbuffalo: sorry mate.....cant agree with u......u know wht is meant by the modern cricket?? its something like every player is supposed to be analyzed by their faults......all the players are analyzed with the help of video footage in such a way tht the batsman is like a open book to the opponents......and its said with the loudest of the voice that tendulkar is the most analyzed batsman in the world ...both in a manual discussion or by computer analysis. and above all SA are the pioneer of this type of modern cricket and how can u call if SA are failed to take more than 3 wickets because of serious prob in the pitch while they were all out below 250 on a pitch made of concrete as u mentioned earlier. listen bro....sachin is best...not because he scored 200 ........but he is best because the way he made this 200. this is something like a book of learning cricket...and his 98 agains pakistan in 2003 wc....the best quality bowling attack also in a quality pitch of centurion.

  • waterbuffalo on March 11, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    @ Mallick, 200 runs on a flat pitch means nothing look at how many 90's the aussies got against Pakistan even though they deserverdly won the Test series 3-0, Pakistan could not chase 170, all I am saying is that SA is a very good team and the fact that they can get only three wickets is ridiculous. You said yourself,'no batsman in the modern era can last 30 overs on a seaming wicket" and I will give you three names, sunny gavaskar, geoff boycott and allan border. Now that is batting, not this one sided nonsense.

  • Abhyuday Mallick on March 10, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    @Waterbuffalo, So what if it was a flat pitch. One day cricket all over the world is played on flat pitches. What about the pitch at Wanderers where SA chased the record score? Was it bouncing and seaming around when the "GOD" Ricky Ponting scored 160 and Gibbs scored 175? No batsman in the modern era is good enough to last 30 overs on a seaming wicket, let alone scoring 200. Just look at Monty's comments and try to understand the spirit of the article.

  • waterbuffalo on March 7, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    50 overs --400 runs--3 wickets lost--8 runs an over. If that does not scream flat pitch I don't know what does. I suppose if Sachin scores 300 on concrete you would be doing cartwheels about that too. The lack of perspective by you and your readers is simply astounding. If SA cannot get more than 3 wickets in 50 overs then there is something seriously wrong with the pitch AND the game of cricket.

  • Monty on March 6, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    As an Australian I have to say it is always a delight watching Tendulkar perform and he is by far the greatest batsman of the modern era.

    Comparisons to Bradman, however, are always going to leave room for debate as the two batted in completely different eras and it would be unfair to both parties to put either one above the other.

    In terms of greatest ODI innings... that is not what this article is about. It is about the 200-run frontier being passed in one-day cricket by the great man Sachin, and congratulations to him for that!

    Truly a run machine!

  • Doug Newsam on March 3, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    @ Tanmay Shukla - Please do not use the words "Gayle" and "great" together. Chris Gayle is scarcely a real batsman, just a strong slogger with good eyesight. Sachin is true genius. There have been few before him, scarcely any like him. His composure and dignity set him apart. Only Sir Garfield Sobers, that I am aware of, has borne the weight of true greatness with the humility that Sachin displays. To watch him is a privilege. Long may he continue to provide us with glimpses of his mastery.

  • Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqui on March 2, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Dear Saqib Mufti, It is not the way to comments. Almost 3000 one day matches are there and then there is 200 from first batsman. Tendulkar records are comprehensive and he creates 70 records in both forms, which is not a joke. I think we should respect him. For those who think that he scored mostly against weak teams, please note he is the only one with 10 tons against Australia in which six at their home-ground since last two decade.

    He has comparison with all in all formats like we can compare him with Sir. Don as his batting average is 99.94 is one fact against one team with others just entered into cricket in ten grounds. His almost 80% innings against them. Fast bowlers are Allen, Larwood, Kerry Fox, Constantine and Griffith.

    There is no leading leg spinner. For leading 70 wicket takers in test, he faced only two Bedser and Laker in THREE MATCHES, came after world war II. Due to average he is legend but when comes overall then we should see all aspects.

  • vikram kaul on February 28, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    - If ODIs survive another 10-15 years (and are not taken over by T20 cricket), it is almost certain that other batsmen will reach that milestone - It is befitting that one of the last remaining frontiers in world cricket was crossed by Sachin - When I see Sachin's (one of my all time heroes) resurgence over the past couple of years, I always wonder what would have happened if he had played for australia - would he ever have gotten the chance to come back or would he have gone the Ganguly path?

  • Bharat on February 28, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    There can be only one Don and one Sachine. Just like other team sports, there can be no one "Greatest Player". Best there can be is Sachin/Don. I am sure Don would have no qualms about it. n't mind have to be mentioned togather. Don played in 52 test in 20 years, Sachins has played 3 times more test and counteless ODIs. No modern player is expected to last 20 years with the amount of cricket being played this days.

  • Sikandar on February 28, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    I would rate Sachin far higher than Bradman due to certain considerations that need to be given.

    Bradman played in an era when a leisurely gentlemanly audience, came out with their ladies to watch a match just for biding their time,played just ONE type of cricket - Test Match - against almost only ONE opponent (England) - the rest all were not serious cricket players then, and played just 3-4 months in a year, against the same opposition, and scored those runs at that average.

    Sachin has been playing three forms of cricket, throughout the year, against 15 oppositions of which almost half of them have excellent bowling attacks, and in all countries on diff pitches, carrying the pressure of the expectations and demands of a billion fans for 20 long years, and still scoring runs.

    Maybe a Viv Richards equals a Sachin in ODIs and a Sunny in Tests, but Sachin is Sachin, and it is time we make him as the point of comparison in lieu of Bradman.

  • Anonymous on March 15, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    @waterbuffalo: sorry mate.....cant agree with u......u know wht is meant by the modern cricket?? its something like every player is supposed to be analyzed by their faults......all the players are analyzed with the help of video footage in such a way tht the batsman is like a open book to the opponents......and its said with the loudest of the voice that tendulkar is the most analyzed batsman in the world ...both in a manual discussion or by computer analysis. and above all SA are the pioneer of this type of modern cricket and how can u call if SA are failed to take more than 3 wickets because of serious prob in the pitch while they were all out below 250 on a pitch made of concrete as u mentioned earlier. listen bro....sachin is best...not because he scored 200 ........but he is best because the way he made this 200. this is something like a book of learning cricket...and his 98 agains pakistan in 2003 wc....the best quality bowling attack also in a quality pitch of centurion.

  • waterbuffalo on March 11, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    @ Mallick, 200 runs on a flat pitch means nothing look at how many 90's the aussies got against Pakistan even though they deserverdly won the Test series 3-0, Pakistan could not chase 170, all I am saying is that SA is a very good team and the fact that they can get only three wickets is ridiculous. You said yourself,'no batsman in the modern era can last 30 overs on a seaming wicket" and I will give you three names, sunny gavaskar, geoff boycott and allan border. Now that is batting, not this one sided nonsense.

  • Abhyuday Mallick on March 10, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    @Waterbuffalo, So what if it was a flat pitch. One day cricket all over the world is played on flat pitches. What about the pitch at Wanderers where SA chased the record score? Was it bouncing and seaming around when the "GOD" Ricky Ponting scored 160 and Gibbs scored 175? No batsman in the modern era is good enough to last 30 overs on a seaming wicket, let alone scoring 200. Just look at Monty's comments and try to understand the spirit of the article.

  • waterbuffalo on March 7, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    50 overs --400 runs--3 wickets lost--8 runs an over. If that does not scream flat pitch I don't know what does. I suppose if Sachin scores 300 on concrete you would be doing cartwheels about that too. The lack of perspective by you and your readers is simply astounding. If SA cannot get more than 3 wickets in 50 overs then there is something seriously wrong with the pitch AND the game of cricket.

  • Monty on March 6, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    As an Australian I have to say it is always a delight watching Tendulkar perform and he is by far the greatest batsman of the modern era.

    Comparisons to Bradman, however, are always going to leave room for debate as the two batted in completely different eras and it would be unfair to both parties to put either one above the other.

    In terms of greatest ODI innings... that is not what this article is about. It is about the 200-run frontier being passed in one-day cricket by the great man Sachin, and congratulations to him for that!

    Truly a run machine!

  • Doug Newsam on March 3, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    @ Tanmay Shukla - Please do not use the words "Gayle" and "great" together. Chris Gayle is scarcely a real batsman, just a strong slogger with good eyesight. Sachin is true genius. There have been few before him, scarcely any like him. His composure and dignity set him apart. Only Sir Garfield Sobers, that I am aware of, has borne the weight of true greatness with the humility that Sachin displays. To watch him is a privilege. Long may he continue to provide us with glimpses of his mastery.

  • Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqui on March 2, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Dear Saqib Mufti, It is not the way to comments. Almost 3000 one day matches are there and then there is 200 from first batsman. Tendulkar records are comprehensive and he creates 70 records in both forms, which is not a joke. I think we should respect him. For those who think that he scored mostly against weak teams, please note he is the only one with 10 tons against Australia in which six at their home-ground since last two decade.

    He has comparison with all in all formats like we can compare him with Sir. Don as his batting average is 99.94 is one fact against one team with others just entered into cricket in ten grounds. His almost 80% innings against them. Fast bowlers are Allen, Larwood, Kerry Fox, Constantine and Griffith.

    There is no leading leg spinner. For leading 70 wicket takers in test, he faced only two Bedser and Laker in THREE MATCHES, came after world war II. Due to average he is legend but when comes overall then we should see all aspects.

  • vikram kaul on February 28, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    - If ODIs survive another 10-15 years (and are not taken over by T20 cricket), it is almost certain that other batsmen will reach that milestone - It is befitting that one of the last remaining frontiers in world cricket was crossed by Sachin - When I see Sachin's (one of my all time heroes) resurgence over the past couple of years, I always wonder what would have happened if he had played for australia - would he ever have gotten the chance to come back or would he have gone the Ganguly path?

  • Bharat on February 28, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    There can be only one Don and one Sachine. Just like other team sports, there can be no one "Greatest Player". Best there can be is Sachin/Don. I am sure Don would have no qualms about it. n't mind have to be mentioned togather. Don played in 52 test in 20 years, Sachins has played 3 times more test and counteless ODIs. No modern player is expected to last 20 years with the amount of cricket being played this days.

  • Sikandar on February 28, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    I would rate Sachin far higher than Bradman due to certain considerations that need to be given.

    Bradman played in an era when a leisurely gentlemanly audience, came out with their ladies to watch a match just for biding their time,played just ONE type of cricket - Test Match - against almost only ONE opponent (England) - the rest all were not serious cricket players then, and played just 3-4 months in a year, against the same opposition, and scored those runs at that average.

    Sachin has been playing three forms of cricket, throughout the year, against 15 oppositions of which almost half of them have excellent bowling attacks, and in all countries on diff pitches, carrying the pressure of the expectations and demands of a billion fans for 20 long years, and still scoring runs.

    Maybe a Viv Richards equals a Sachin in ODIs and a Sunny in Tests, but Sachin is Sachin, and it is time we make him as the point of comparison in lieu of Bradman.

  • Andrew on February 28, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    I did think Gilly was going to get there - threw his wicket away for 170 v ZIM with enough overs left for a 250. I always thought Bevan's innings v ROW would be the outstanding innings in this form of the game. But I then never thought anyone could hit 200 against opposition of this quality. Nobody today more deserves to hold this record and I do hope no-one makes 201 against Kenya in a WC.

    Different era - what Viv did was make almost a par score by himself. That's the equivalent of at least 250, if not 300, today. You can say that makes his a greater innings. Or you can say the skill level is no much greater today that occasional F/C player Dave Warner can bat like him. Take your pick.

  • Prasanna on February 28, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    Bharat, the Don had a 20 year career - his first Test was in 1928, the last in 1948, (19yrs 262 days). If you want to start talking numbers, his numbers will be the greatest until someone averages 100 for their entire career. He also lost 6 years to WW2! I am sure that Sachin will be regarded as the greatest 'modern' batsman.

    Both Viv and Lara played roughly 17 years, not too shabby. Not everyone can be talented and blessed and picked to represent the side at 15!

    The best sporting performance I know of by an 'oldie' is Jack Nicklaus winning the Masters in 1986 at the age of 46, recording a round of 65 in the last round to win by 1 stroke. That will take some sporting performance to beat it!

  • Saleem Khan on February 28, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    I am from Pakistan and Sachin has always been my favourite batsman. For a true cricket lover, regardless of nationality, watching Sachin has been a great privilege.

  • Prasanna on February 27, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    It is really wonderful that Sachin is the first man to reach 200. He as a batsman is second only to Bradman. I think that he having scored 200* does not automatically qualify the innings as the best ever. There are other innings because of the context which have to rated as better. For example Viv's 189* will be the best innings until someone does something that is truly out of this world - he scored 189 out of a total score of 272! Similarly Kapil's 175* is below that (weaker opposition) but his innings saved India from dire straits. I guess what I am trying to convey is that the number of runs does not automatically mean it is the best - the best probable example is Brian Lara's 400* against England is a less worthy innings compared to Hanif Mohammad's 337 vs the WI. Hanif's triple hundred is the only one scored in the team's 2nd innings and allowed Pakistan to draw the match after being in some peril, he batted for 16 hours. Lara compiled with brilliance his 400 in a dead rubber.

  • Bharat on February 27, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    All those conjuring up old innings of Viv and others....In any sport as a player gets older, production goes down. Last few years, Sachin's numbers are unbelievable!!!! That should be the difference when greatness comparison is made between him. Viv/Don/Lara... They did not last 20 years did they? Only Ponting is still in the picture but we all know about his sportsmanship and behaviour on the field..Ponting has also benefitted by not having any pressure/burden batting alongside stellar Aussie lineup !!

  • Sekhar on February 27, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    I an INDIAN would like to say Saqib indeed did a foolish thing commenting irrespectfully on SACHIN, anyways some of our pakistani fiends also disagree with him (saqib), this really shows that people are not hated by each other, thank you my pak friends, we respect every country, every person, and every GOD, i request each and everyone to please forgive Saqib for his childish emotions (Pl do not HURT him), and for SACHIN the GOD for our crciket lovers, we thank you for ur woderfull record, GOD bless u with all the desired wishes.Thank you each one of u here for commenting.

  • AtishG on February 27, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    My enduring hope is that love for this great game and those who play it will unite the people of India and Pakistan despite their political divisions. Saeed Anwar's was an awesome innings and a difference of 6 runs from 200 is no difference at all. Nothing more to say about Sachin's effort - it's all been said already. Some will always doubt the quality of Anwar and Sachin's innings as they were played on "flat" subcontinental pitches. To that I ask - are all overseas pitches bowler-friendly? Remember Johannesberg and the 434 chase? Was that a bowler's paradise? And for all the batter friendly pitches around the world and the so called "low" standard of current bowling attacks,including the minnows, why have so few people crossed 180 far less 190? The answer lies not outside the batsman, but within.Very few players have it takes inside of them to achieve something like this.So let's celebrate Anwar, Sachin,Richards and the rest of the select few. We may never see their likes again.

  • Santosh Gupta on February 27, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    Its useless debating about the most complete batsman after Bradman,it is Sachin.Hats off to an icon of cricket,well God in India....

  • BRK on February 27, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    can we compare the records of sachin, Viv richards, brian lara, don bradman, inzamam, sunny gavaskar, dravid, ponting on every test ground there is on the planet. can we get their lowest, highest, strikerate and avg for each ground. Not just for tests but for odi's and twenty 20s.

    This should show who is what on each pitch. there are all sorts of stupidities being talked about great players, but this sort of statistics should bring some misconceptions upto light.

    I look forward to this analysis.

    I would also like to apologise to Saqib for my intemperate outburst. It was the sheer shock that he was even likened to a dog that got my goat.

    Friends, comparisions are always odious but precise statistics shed light like nothing else.

    To my compilation that I have requested, could you also just list the bowlers who bowled during those contests to give us a full flavour of the challenges that each of these batsmen faced.

    Thanks in advance !

  • BRK on February 27, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    can we compare the records of sachin, Viv richards, brian lara, don bradman, inzamam, sunny gavaskar, dravid, ponting on every test ground there is on the planet. can we get their lowest, highest, strikerate and avg for each ground. Not just for tests but for odi's and twenty 20s.

    This should show who is what on each pitch. there are all sorts of stupidities being talked about great players, but this sort of statistics should bring some misconceptions upto light.

    I look forward to this analysis.

    I would also like to apologise to Saqib for my intemperate outburst. It was the sheer shock that he was even likened to a dog that got my goat.

    Friends, comparisions are always odious but precise statistics shed light like nothing else.

    To my compilation that I have requested, could you also just list the bowlers who bowled during those contests to give us a full flavour of the challenges that each of these batsmen faced.

    Thanks in advance !

  • BRK on February 27, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    can we compare the records of sachin, Viv richards, brian lara, don bradman, inzamam, sunny gavaskar, dravid, ponting on every test ground there is on the planet. can we get their lowest, highest, strikerate and avg for each ground. Not just for tests but for odi's and twenty 20s.

    This should show who is what on each pitch. there are all sorts of stupidities being talked about great players, but this sort of statistics should bring some misconceptions upto light.

    I look forward to this analysis.

    I would also like to apologise to Saqib for my intemperate outburst. It was the sheer shock that he was even likened to a dog that got my goat.

    Friends, comparisions are always odious but precise statistics shed light like nothing else.

    To my compilation that I have requested, could you also just list the bowlers who bowled during those contests to give us a full flavour of the challenges that each of these batsmen faced.

    Thanks in advance !

  • ashish on February 27, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    well i m from nepal. had got a chance to watch that incredible match. i had always been a great fan of tendulkar from the time i started to understand cricket. this master blaster was made for cricket. and any sort of disrespectful comments towards him doesnt shorten his height. so just dont respond these sort of stupid comments and just enjoy cricket to the fullest.

  • ABdul Wahid on February 27, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    This to answer to Saqib Mufti he wrote his comment that is..... Hmmm... I think Tendulkar is not a winning match man. Agar aap uske records dekho to aap ko pata chalega k jin matches me usne 100+up kiye hain usme uski team match haar gayi hai. Aur jin matches me woh 90's ka shikar ho gaya hai usme uski team match jeet jati hai. Tendulkar ne 200 kiye rite... But... Magar yeh na bhoolain k pitch was totally batting. aur home crowd ka advantage b tha. Uski mostly 100 home land me banain hain...

    KYA HUWA JO TENDULKAR NE SAEED ANWAR KA RECORD TOR H DIYA. APNI GALI ME TO KUTTTA B SHER HOTA HAI...

    Now i want to ask Saqib....bhai aap ki gali ke kutty kyun nahi marleye 200?yah phir bahut se batting pitch par bahut se player kheley hain tu woh kyun nahi marleye 200? actually you know what tum ko sachin ka achivement hazzam nahi hota aur usmein hi jaltey rahetey ho ...come on yarr grow up become a man...sachine is great player all the world says sirf aap jaise ko chord kar Regard ABdul Wahid

  • S.S.Kuberan on February 27, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    Most of the sachin's innings these days are answers to most of the criticism that had been thrown on him. His bat is the pen through which he is answering. Especially the words "sachin is playing for wrong reasons" by chappel brothers has got the reply by this innings of 200 not out. Chappel wants to irritate sachin and forced him to retire so that Ricky ponting can over take his record. Chappel wants an australian to be on top. That is the reason why he had commented about sachin. I personally feel this 200 not out is the answer for the selfish australian.

  • MartinAmber on February 27, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Just wondering how many people think Brian Lara's 400* is the greatest Test innings of all time? Very, very few I suspect. Even in the West Indies, I'd imagine people rank his 153* against Australia at Bridgetown in 98/99 a lot higher. I'm not sure 400* in Antigua in a dying match even qualifies for the top 20 or 30. Because context is virtually everything, and Tendulkar has broken a statistical barrier, nothing more. Sincere congratulations to him, but if we're talking "greatest innings of all-time" he has many rivals with at least as valid a claim.

  • M.P.Mani on February 27, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    i never seen like sachin batting and he is the the GOD of cricket.

  • rohit razdan on February 27, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Bhai, Indians and Pakistanis can never speak the same language on any online forum. Every discussion is destroyed by some ignorant, uneducated, indoctrinated fools. Nice to see that cricinfo is different. The fact that so many Pakistani's have come out in support of Tendulkar, is a vindication that "Cricket-love" transcends boundaries. To them I would say, that we respect Pakistani cricketers as well. Wasim Bhai is and will remain my favorite bowler. To the Indians, my advice will be to not let the 'saqib muftis' of the world to cloud your judgment. It is a difficult time for Pakistani cricket. We should support them in this and not respond to hate with hate.

  • Ramesh on February 27, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    I am surprised that people so easily (and I must say conveniently) forget H. Gibbs' 175 in the 434 chase match. If I remember right, he got out, slogging, at over number 33. The way he was batting, he could have scored 250 that day!

  • Faiz on February 27, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    Not to distract from Sachin's 'greatest ODI knock ever', I would like to apologize on behalf of Saqib Mufti to all our Indian bhai's about his total ignorance about cricket. Such idiotic Mullahs should not be allowed freedom of speech. He brings shame on us. My entire social circle, family etc are extremely proud of Sachin, and pray to Allah that he continues to delight us with his genius for many more years. I also wish in my heart that either India or Pakistan win the next T20 and ODI World Cups. I really wouldn't mind if Sachin's ultimate wish of winning the ODI Cup comes true, inspite of Pakistan losing out! That much he deserves... Once again, anyone who knows this idiot Saqib Mufti please thrash him public and post pics of this shameful man asap

  • Cricket Mania on February 27, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    If Cricket is the fifth religion in India then Sachin is the God and guru Achrekar is God Father. Hail Sachin, Hail Achrekar Sir

  • KP on February 27, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    People, people! Need to get a few things in perspective!! While this is a great achievement, we should be a lil wary about statistics. Many damn-good batsmen dont have damn-good statistics & vice-versa.For goodness' sake stop ravin about statistics!! All class of Sachin is far more praise-worthy than all the mountains of runs he scores. But we must remember this score was made on a shirtfront with small boundaries, waiting for him to make 150 in SA against Steyn & Morkel, which i think he WILL.

  • plsn on February 27, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    Re: Mufti Miyan - It is heartening to see so many condemnations from sensible and true pakistanis. Keep it up guys. We are all the same,bar a few muftis.

  • Rajeev on February 27, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    I was thinking of Sachin retiring from International Cricket a few years ago. But with the last three years, I wonder whether he will retire or not. He is the ultimate run machine and the god of cricket. Hats off to SACHIN. To Raymond d' Souza: How many Tamil Nadu Players were given an oppurtunity in International cricket after Srikanth took over? Badrinath was selected to the team but he was not given an oppurtunity till this series. No player from Tamil Nadu was given enough oppurtunities in International Cricket to prove themselves.

  • sundar on February 27, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    i have never seen player like sachin in cricket history, marvalous performance by a great man, WELL DONE sachin we all are behind u, we hope u achieve more records in future, JAI HIND - SUNDAR

  • Dileepa on February 27, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan & I can't understand what Saqib has said. But I do agree with some of the others. There were many instances in the recent history where many players came closer to 200. But as far as i believe, there was only one person who could do it & it was Tendulkar. What as awesome knock that was. I believe that in the next couple of years there will be few double hundreds. There was a time when teams couldn't reach 300, but once a team did that, many started doing it. Same applies to 400, where Sri Lanka recently almost reached chasing 414 in India. Therefore, I assume that there will be few others who will go past Tendulkar,but he will always be hailed as the Cricketer who broke a major barrier in ODIs. It indeed was a simply awesome knock!!!

  • Nikhil Prakash on February 27, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    @ sakib mufti...what a sad sad comment to have made. This is so hurtful. A thoughtless response by you. I hope you understand English.....and to refer to sachin as a galli ka kutta (be it figuratively)....its a very demeaning comment to a great man.. Its unfortunate that people like you, who have no perspective and mental balance, exist on this planet.

    What a pity!~

  • navin on February 27, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Seems like this is going to be his new fad :) hitting double centuries. Well normal people settle for hundreds. I think we are in for a couple of 150+ scores from him. Hope this inspires Sehwag. Imagine 400 for no loss with both openers on 200. Geez, everyone else can retire.

  • Ajay Gandhi on February 27, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    In Mahabharat, as we know it, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna.. I am the strength in the strong, I am the intelligence in the wise, beauty in the beautiful.. and he is a gift to the cricketing world in you.. God Bless You Sachin.. keep up the good work..

  • Anil A. Desai on February 27, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    How can someone so polite, so humble, so mild mannered ... be so distructive with a Cricket Bat in his hand ??? Unbelievable ... go SRT ... go destroy them all !!!!

  • Mark on February 27, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    His first scoring record in 20 years.

  • psychicsaint on February 27, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    i don't know why you guys like to compare players... Viv is King... Sehwag is Nawab... Sachin is God... they are what they are and there is no point comparing apples and oranges... just enjoy the game guys...

  • gerard on February 27, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    I do not know why people get worked up by guys like Saqib when cricketing legends past and present including great Pakistani batsmen like Miandad and Anwar himself have congratulated Tendulkar and wished him well.It has to be the greatest ODI innings of all time because in over thirty six years and countless ODI innings nobody has achived a double hundred. Let us not forget some truly great cricketers like Clive Lloyd, Gordon Grenidge, Viv Richards, Lara, Inzi, Miandad,The Chappel brothers, Hayden , Gilchrist, Jayasurya, Gavasker, Kapil Dev and Botham have all played the ODI game and have all fallen short.True Viv Richards 189 against against England in 1984 was one of the great ODI innings of all time as was Kapil's 175 against Zimbabwe both played under pressure as the WI were 6 down for very little and India 17 for five against Zimbabwe.Tendulkar however is the only man to cross the 160 barrier four times and with a bit of luck could have had four ODI double centuries to his name

  • Kashif on February 26, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    @ Saquib I m from Pakistan.... i am feeling sorry to read your statement, one thing our good time of cricket is gone... and shifted towards India... bcoz we don't have quality players like ,Sachin, Dhoni viru, Yuvi... we have lost our big guns like Akhtar, Inzi, 2w, Anwar,.... our team player fighting for captaincy & Indian teams under junior player's captaincy fighting for glory....rahi baat sachin ki he is a all time great batsman ,, us say bara batsman paida he nahi hoo sakta... he is a complete book of batting....2nd thing to think about why India producing such a batters like viru, sachin, youvi dhoni...what is the reason, indian batting is always good why so? is there any method or structure nehind it ,,,, one thing more, jis time par pakistani cricket ko sath chahye tha Indian cricket ka uss waqt indian nay saath choraa.. iss waqt indian super power hai cricket ki bcoz pak nay sath diya, now what ?

  • Shekar on February 26, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    Saqib...losers always find a reason for losing and sadly reason for why the other one could win.

  • Ravi on February 26, 2010, 23:21 GMT

    @Saquib: Fact check - Sachin has scored 46 ODI hundred and India has won 33 of them (72%). In matches he gets past 90 but does not a century is 18, India wins 11 (61%). Clearly this indicates India's chances of win are better, in case Sachin completes his hundred. In matches where he gets out cheaply (0-20) the results are more startling, India wins only 75 (out of 175) matches (43%), proving that from India's win perspective he should not get out cheaply and not get out in the 90s. Even in matches where he scores 50 - 99, India wins only 56 (out of 91) matches (61%). Just to top it all in matches he scores big hundred 150+, India wins 4 (out of 5) matches (80%). Need we say more!!

  • Ashish on February 26, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    Well said Kazi, he can do it again, and what i salute most about Sachin which is unique is his never ending love and enthusiasm of the game. He still plays as a humble student of the game, ever inventing new ways to tackle different conditions. Sure Viv Richards may have been capable of making more than 200, but the longevity and the other things that I mentioned make him my role model. Learning his way of dealing with things be it bowling, career situations or life can help anyone anywhere and not just in cricket.

    N good to know that most of the Pakistanis have taken it well, though i bet they will be a lil disappointed(I wud have been if I was one of them), barring some(one here) who can be neglected.

  • Ganesh on February 26, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    He is not compare to other person. He is one of the legends in the world. I pray to god sachin live long and play forever……

  • Anand on February 26, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Satisfying billions of people over 20 years I am sure we all agree it is no ordinary work by a human. SACHIN you are the GOD of cricket! there is no other comparison. Cheap talkers beware the best is yet to come!!!

  • Rasik Dawda on February 26, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    i have never seen Man like sachin playing batting,fieldig,bowling as well and nature.till now i have not missed him wtching when he is palying cricket.Specially batting.How ever as he said we all support him that if any body breaks his record,he oe she would be from India,Indian player.our all god wishes to sachin for future until he retires.

  • murli krishna on February 26, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    This is for Saqib Mufti. Paheli baat, tumhare cricketers to apni gali mein bhi chuhe hai. Unhe match fixing se fursat miley to woh records banayege. Stop talking utter rubbish and get your facts correct first. Sachin does not need to justify anything to ignorant and partisan cricket destroyers like you.

  • arslan on February 26, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    its very unfortunate that ppl like saqib mufti r out there who make such disrespectful comments...clearly such ppl are very unenlightened and narrow-minded...as a person hailing from the same country as him im ashamed...for it has given a sour taste to the whole discussion...there really was no need for this argument to come up...there is sadness about anwar's record being overcome but really there is no shame (like anwar himself said) that its been done by sachin...

  • Imran on February 26, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Saqib Mufti, Let me share some statistics with you....Number of centuries Tendulkar has hit in Tests+ODIs against (Australia+Southafrica+England+WestIndies+Newzealand) in there countries (Outside India) is more than What Miandad+Inzy(Aalo)+Saeed Anwar+Yousuf+Younis+Salman Bhat+Zaheer Abbas has scored against these countries (Outside Pakistan)... You seem to be a typical Molawi who except 'JAHALAT' and 'NAFRAT' can talk nothing....U are a chicken shit man

  • shahid malik on February 26, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    saqib, ap k comments parh k bohat afsos hua. to all the indian fans. not all pakistani's are like that. i am a pakistani and i am a big fan of sachin and believe it or not, a friend of mine distributed sweets in our office in karachi when he learnt about this feat. we are as happy as y'all are about this believe it or not. some of my friends like indian team more than pak team. even i am a big fan of dhoni, sehwag, raina and yuvraj.

    sachin indeed is one of the greatest batmen alive!!! it is the of people like saqib who are a disgrace to us pakistani's and these kind of people are responsible for the downfall of once a formidable cricket team.

  • kazi on February 26, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    after reading countless article and comments on tendulkar's 200... I have to say anyone can score 200 on his day (anwar,charles almost did it) however only Tendulkar has the character and application to do it again (I hope he does it again). I would say the real genius in Tendulkar is how he has moulded his game with age turning. from a enforcer to a accumulator... Congrats again Tendulkar and to fans of "Tendulkar the Accumulator"

  • Avinash Lall on February 26, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Beyond any shadow of doubt, Tendulkar is truly great ! But spare a thought for Gavaskar. Gavaskar took the nation by storm in 1971. Till then, no one in Indian cricket had ever had the guts, the technique or the commitment to stand up to such hostile fast balling as he did. Records inevitably tumbled before him. Bradman was passed, 34 centuries scaled, 10,000 runs posted. All unheard of and unthinkable till then. Gavaskar, in a one-man club in the 70s and 80s, carried the hopes and aspirations of a nation. Imagine, a young lad’s fantasy being ignited by all this, and saying to himself “I want to be like him”. Imagine the lad being inspired by the opportunity to finally meet his role model face to face when still in his tender years. Who knows, perhaps Tendulkar might still have been a leading batsman in world cricket, but it cannot be denied that Gavaskar, in some subliminal and unconscious ways, helped launch Tendulkar toward the rarified peaks we see him scaling.

  • Ritesh Padwal on February 26, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    @Saqib Mufti,its for you. Good response given by Sikandar...About the records..the answer is already given and for your info Mr. Mufti..Mr Anwar when got 194..remember, he was limping and asked for runner on 94 and next hundered runs were ran by the partner. So there might have the possibility that the batsman would never had got the record if ran on his own. But this are if's and buts, I respect that inning and dont feel that was below par. Again in those 90's scoring at that rate was superb. Similarly show the respoect towards this inning as well. Sachin's career has a graph where you have seen him bat under all conditions and wat you want a batsman to score a 200 on a bowling freindly wicket, where to get 200 for a team is a difficult job...ha ha it seems you dont know the abc of cricket and the comment was just to post something to dishonour the great batsman.... ha ha ha dear need to understand it first to comment All the Best

  • arslan on February 26, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    well its easy to say now that sachin is the only player who looked like being capable of scoring a 200 after he actually has...but i would say that ponting has the same abilities of being able to score quickly when required and pace and innings...he could have done it as well...provided he came in to bat early enough...for that matter a few others can as well...so many players have made it to the 180's and its only a matter of time before someone else makes a 200...but yes it is fitting that he is the first man to do it...but i believe hes definitely not the last...

  • BRK on February 26, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    This is for Saqib Mufti.

    Agar hum aapki baat maan bhi lete hain, to aap mere sawaal ka jawab deejiye.

    Haan Sachin ne anwar ka record toda. Chalees saalon mein pakistan to kya duniya bhi ek bhi aisa dhurrandhar paida na kar saki, jo is makkam tak pahunche. Is pitch par baaki ekees khiladi bhi khel rahe the, to unke bat kya dafli they kya ?

    Bhai saheb aapko ek baat yaad rakhni chahiye. Har kutta apni gali mein sher hota hai. par miyan, Tendlya woh sher hai jo har gali mein sher raha hai.

    aapke kutte to apni galin bhi sher na ho sake. Ispe gaur farmain. Aapke desh mein mehmaanon pey goliyan chalti hain and is ehsaan faramoshi ke chalte, koi team Pakistan pey daura kare, yeh to hone se raha. To aap ke sher to ghar khelne se rahe. Jab baahar jaakar aate hain to hashr kya hota hai, yeh nazaara to hum pichley hi mahine dekh chuke.

    Jis tarah se Pakistan pit ke ghar aayee hai, aap uspe gaur farmain. Tendlya par thookne wale, pehley yeh to pata kar tu thookne key kabil bhi hai.

  • Manas Mishra on February 26, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Dear Mr. Saqib Mufti,

    I think you should refine your stats and re-think on what you just said about a great man like Tendulkar.. For your very kind information, 28 of Sachin's ODI hundreds (out of 46) & 26 of his 47 Test hundreds have come outside India (that makes it almost 61 percent & 55 percent respectively). Now take a note of that & think for about a thousand times before pointing your finger against a man of such a repute.. We all respect Saeed Anwar's innings at Chennai.. Now making such down market comments that pitch was flat and ground was small is too filthy and cheap.. Aapke shabdon mein- Plz thodi sportsman spirit dikhayen aur agar dusra achcha kar raha hai to plz uski taarif karein, na ki uski bematlab kamiyaan nikaalein..

  • Sri Bahadur on February 26, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    In Response to "Posted by: Saqib Mufti at February 25, 2010 6:47 PM"

    If what you said is true then many countries have batting pitches and many great players donned the game and yet it had to be Tendulkar. Get your facts correct Mr Sadiq Mufti. The win rate for India if SRT scored a hundred is 79%. I can also see why u r dissappointed (PAK). Well I have one thing for you. I agree "APNI GALI ME TO KUTTTA B SHER HOTA HAI..."

    Lekhin Teri(sadiq's) gali may to kutta tho kutta hi hota hai.

  • Raj on February 26, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Agree Sorcerer. With all respect to Sachin, Viv was the greatest batsman in one-day internationals. A career avergae of 47+, careerstrike rate of above 90 in an age when the conditions were not onesided in favour of batsmen. All this without wearing protective gears like helmet, thigh-pad etc. Viv was the best!

  • V@ngu@rd on February 26, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Well said Sikandar...and with all respect to Pakistani cricketers,for ur information Mr. Sakib ...your Mr Saeed Anwar..did not have the stamina to last for 50 overs ..he made his last 90 odd runs with the help of a runner...and if we look at Sachin he not only ram till the end but also took the field during India's bowling...this is what we can take as his committment and respect for the game.

  • raymond d`souza on February 26, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Plenty of praise for Sachin - what about the future - Sachin is very right in thinking about the future of Indian cricket - Srikkant should not rely in bringing Tamil Nadu players - he should know that there are several players who need a break to prove themselves - and not i or 2 matches - they should be tried for atleast 4 or 5 matches.

  • Nitin on February 26, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    @ Saqib.. not under mining the effort of Anwar... But if i remember right he had a runner when he was at 47 andd frm 47 to 194.. he did not run.. so not all runs were scored by him..

    learn to appreciate..

  • Chris on February 26, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Well said Sikander. Some guys of a particular country will feel jealous. Those who cry its a batting pitch should explain why SA could muster 248. SA of course are great cricketers and I don't want to take anything away from them. Sachin scored against the likes of Steyn and Morkel - lets ask these guys if their boom-flop Afridi can achieve that against the same attack on a similar pitch.

  • gw on February 26, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    it was only a matter of time before this happened, and it was always going to be an explosive opener who did it (eg tendulkar, gilchrist, sehwag, dislhan, mccullum).. In the same way that it took a long time for 400 in 50 overs to be breached, a feat that has subsequently been repeated a number of times since, I expect that now the milestone has been beaten it will be beaten by the likes of the players above (except gilchrist) in short order

  • rahul on February 26, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    Brilliant innings, though we guys are going overboard a bit with all this praise...

    Sachin might be squirming now in his seat..hehe..

    And Prashant's comment about tending was hilarious..

    Maybe he included the "Tend" in "Tendulkar" as well..

    Anyway, Hail the Genius!!

  • Sorcerer on February 26, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Let's keep perspective. Completely oblivious of the match conditions and the quality of pitch, outfield etc., Samir has gone on a rampage conjuring up Tendulkar's 200 as such a hugely great knock. Truth be told, Viv's 189 was made on a friendly bowling track with heavy outfield and not at home. Those were the days of no field restrictions too, Mr. Chopra. As you are such a stats-freak, now just wonder how much would have Viv racked up in this day and age of batsmen-friendly match conditions....a 275....not inconceivable..

  • prakash on February 26, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    entertaining piece of writing. hey prashant, what are you talking about? he has used 'tend' only twice in the whole article and I din't even notice it till you mentioned it. better if you just enjoy the occasion and the appreciation noted here or better still, don't read articles here.

  • Sikandar on February 26, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    @Saqib Mufti - You are hilarious maan - chk stats before talking crap - India has won 78% of the matches when Sachin has scored 100+. Sachin has scored 11076 out of 17598 runs and 28 out of 46 centuries and 57 out of 93 half centuries out of India.

    Agar baat pitches ka hain, then Saeed Anwar ka bhi record koi record nahin hain becoz he did not even reach 200, raha sawaal gali ka kutta sher ban ne waali baat, Pakistani players ab to na ghar ka hain na ghaat ka, so then why exhibit jealousy ? Hum sub ko pata hain ki angoooorr......

  • Anshuman Singh on February 26, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    THE DOUBLE AT GWALIOR-In the shadow of the historical Gwalior Fort/The LittleMasterBlaster chose to hold court. With nudges cuts & flicks along the carpet/Sachin initially got himself set.The first 8runs were all in 4s/With that brace of shots the master set course.Then came the flick & the punchthru cover/A delectable feast for any cric lover.Then more & more the ball left the ground/Willow meeting leather with such a sweet sound.Over by over the landmarks came/The50 the100 the shots were the same.Beautiful the one lovely the next/The shots flowed as if in the MCC text. As he neared the double cramping in pain/A billion hearts prayed & this time not in vain.With a single to point the deed was done/No theatrics at all as Sachin thanked the One.Arms raised heavenward eyes on the sky/ With that double, Sachin,you attained a new high.When I am 70 grandad to grandson/I will say with pride,'I've seen cricket's Sun'!In the shadow of the historical Gwalior Fort/I was there when HE held court!

  • Jayesh on February 26, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Although it was a great record, other players have come very close to it. I think a few others will be reaching this milestone from now onwards. Sehwag only has to play a test match game to reach the figure

  • Senguttuvan.L on February 26, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    Uncomparable, no words to praise his dedication to the country & game proved and we pray God to facilitate good health to play forever.

  • sam on February 26, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    well no words for me to describe for this little genius he is just a master of the odi cricket the best world had seen and i hope he has yet to deliver more knocks like that and i would just like to salute this men and i say what is that i learn lot of things from this genius he inspires others even in personal lifes. iam a great fan of sachin and i wish him that he goes on and on for ever like a immortal in the history of cricket. now i would wish him for a 400 in test which is the only reccord that he has not acheived and surely in couple of years he should get it. SACHIN TUSHI GREAT HO. JAHA SE ACCHA TENDULKAR HAMARA.

  • nishant on February 26, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    It seems as if sachin is getting younger & younger day by day...now we just triple hundred in test cricket from him..we all love you sachin..i salute GOD OF CRICKET..

  • Tanmay Shukla on February 26, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Great article, Samir. I agree with your assessment almost entirely: Sachin is the complete ODI batsman who can play as the situation demands and, as in Gwalior, alter the tone of the game at will too. So I was sure that it would not be the quick hitters, but one of the genuine greats who would achieve it. Gayle? Gilchrist? McCullum? No, certainly not.

    Where I disagree is the reason why of all the great ODI batsmen of the 90s and 2000s, Sachin was the man to do it. In principle, more batsmen have the ability to control an innings like Sachin does: Jayasuriya and Hayden immediately come to mind. What makes Sachin more special than them, however, is not just his prodigious talent. He has borne the burden of a billion hopes for the better part of his career, and that alone makes his achievements worth twice their weight in gold. For him, it was routine to conceive of and achieve the impossible. The 200 was the best example of this. Sachin imagined, Sachin believed and then, simply did it.

  • Neetish Jethra on February 26, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    It all seems so logical now on hindsight for Tendulkar to break the barrier :) Except that most people (including me) thought it would be one of the hard hitters - someone like Sehwag or Dilshan or McCullum (when he scored that 150-odd in a T20)..good article neverthless.

  • Cricket Lover on February 26, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    Since his desert storm heyday in 1998, Sachin has been the logical choice to break the 200 barrier. He came close a few times and finally made it. Sehwag is an enigma in ODIs but he may surprise everyone by getting to 200 one day. If you want to bet on a dark horse, I think Dhoni is the man. He has an unbeaten 180 plus to his name and that too while chasing! And that was during the early stages of his career. Now he is a much smarter batsman mixing percentage cricket with powerful acceleration at the right time. If he comes in at # 3 he is very much capable of making 200. He has the stamina and the ability to clear the ropes repeatedly in the final overs of an innings. Another Indian player capable of getting to 200 is Yuvraj. On his day he is unstoppable and can get the scoreboard racing along real quick.

  • MartinAmber on February 25, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    Sure Viv was Viv, but in saying that regardless of the match context you do his 189* a dis-service. West Indies were 70-odd for 6, then 102 for 7 and 150-odd for 9, and he added almost as many again with Holding for the 10th wicket! It may be blasphemous to say so this week, but I'm afraid we are yet to see an ODI innings that comes even close to Richards at Old Trafford in 1984. I'm a Test man through and through, but that innings is still probably the best I've seen in all cricket.

  • Cmis on February 25, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    I have just this to say, they were writing that he should retire in 2005. Five years ago!! Hats off

  • Sreekanth Reddy N on February 25, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Very nice article by Samir again. Sachin 'The True Master Class' does it!! Let this little genius enjoy his game before he signs off. What else can we offer to Sachin who offered us so many.

  • Dr.Iyer on February 25, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    I had no doubt for long time that first double in ODI will be from The Willow of The Warrior from Mumbai. The effortless switch of gears stood out today. It was same during his 163 knock at Christchurch too when his own cramps could alone stop him. But as fate rules he needed to do it at home, in a winning cause against better attack. His 175 was under more pressure but then attack then was less potent than this. And remember not a single life yesterday. Hats off Master!

  • Saqib Mufti on February 25, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    Hmmm... I think Tendulkar is not a winning match man. Agar aap uske records dekho to aap ko pata chalega k jin matches me usne 100+up kiye hain usme uski team match haar gayi hai. Aur jin matches me woh 90's ka shikar ho gaya hai usme uski team match jeet jati hai. Tendulkar ne 200 kiye rite... But... Magar yeh na bhoolain k pitch was totally batting. aur home crowd ka advantage b tha. Uski mostly 100 home land me banain hain...

    KYA HUWA JO TENDULKAR NE SAEED ANWAR KA RECORD TOR H DIYA. APNI GALI ME TO KUTTTA B SHER HOTA HAI...

    Regards...

  • Vidhu Balakrishnan on February 25, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    The way he batted last year against Australia scoring 175 I wasn't surprised that he became the first man on earth to score 200 in one day internationals and to think that this was the very same man who took 79 one day internationals to notch up his first century.To top it all he dedicated his double ton to his fans who have been supporting him for the last 20 plus years.Sucess has not gone to his head like some of the youngsters whom we see today with loads of attitude.It's unfair to compare present day players to the players of the 70s and 80s because in those days getting 250 plus was a decent score to defend.The mindset of the players those days were quite different.I remember chasing 10 runs of the last over was not an easy task.Now teams have been reaching 300 quite frequently and what with the batting and bowling power plays in vouge today I would like to belive that Viv Richards would have been a more destructive player these days but all said and done I am happy for Sachin

  • Vivek Rahul Gunti on February 25, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    Exemplary! Your thoughts coincide with that of mine. Even am one of those guys who is astounded with stats and facts! Even I had my bet (hopes ?)on Sachin Tendulkar. Because it is just him who has come close to reach the magic figure at least 3 times (186*,163*,175) and there is possibly no other batsman who has repeated the feat of reaching the 160 mark more than once in an ODI. Nevertheless, if there is anyone who could come in reach of this figure, it would and only be Virender Sehwag for no one has the in-thing or the ability to go over the distant dream of 200.

  • Sajjad Rahman Saleem on February 25, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    LONG LIVE SACHIN!!! What a player!!! Sachin is the only player who could pull it off.But I be;lieve Ricky could also do it.

  • Krishna on February 25, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Records are meant to be broken, and Saeed Anwar wouldn't mind it! Records apart, Sachin could consistently sustain to be in the pinnacle of glory without getting involved in any controvorsies like sledging, match-fixing, exhibiting arrogance on and off the field ........ The only huge target that is left in Sachin is his passion to win the World Cup and be part of it! If there is a will, there is a way! If there is Sachin, there is winner! All the very best, Sachin !

  • Sumit Gupta Dehradun on February 25, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    Well,whatever is said about the little master is little.I also consider myself fortunate to watch his historic innings of 200.That gem of an innings was dominated by Tendulkar throughout 50 overs.It was a flawless innings in which we saw the glimpses of vintage Sachin.His lofted straight shots of the bowling off Kallis,Van der Merve were simply awesome. I recon Sachin is enjoying his game much more now with so many talented batsman in the side.Earlier,it was a one man army and Tendulkar carried all the burden on his shoulders.But now with the team gelling well and all the frontline batsman contributing,Tendulkar is at his best.Over the last eighteen months,he has done exceptionally well in both Test and One Day matches.He is making more 150 plus scores in One Day Internationals now. He has now set a new benchmark for the batsman.Records are meant to be broken.This record will also get surpassed someday.It could be in the sub-continent again,only time will tell.

  • Prashant on February 25, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Hey Samir, You "tend" too much. The excessive use of this word makes me think of a railway steam engine that is spinning its wheels to gain traction on the steel tracks. Once it gets going, it speeds up. Good Indian writers, like you, "tend" too much. You either do something or you don't. Is it worth writing about something that you just lean towards?

  • SachinKiJai on February 25, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    Even TIME Magazine took note of Sachin's achievement. Cool

  • Indian on February 25, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Simply superbbbbbbbb!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ashi on February 25, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    its a pleasure to witness such an inning.. its a pleasure to watch this man play.. there are not words to describe this man.. though i would say he is not only the best batsman the game has produced but also the great human being and a very smart cricketer in a way he cariies his innings.. he is a true legend..a master at his skill.. nothing compares to him.. nothing.. May God bless the Great man Sachin..

  • devpratim on February 25, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    hats off to sachin. what a masterpiece......... recently sachin has developed an art of attacking without taking any risk and thats why even i felt that he is the only man who could do it.....esp after his innings at hyderabad. he is batting far better that 90's....... the strike rate is same but there is no risk......gr8 going

  • Ritesh Padwal on February 25, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    It has been years that Sachin has been the pillar of Indian Cricket Team. He the last 10 years or so he has played few magnificient knocks right from the storming innings in Sharjah Vs Aussies, the 186 vs NZ at Hyderabad, the 163 vs NZ in NZ, the valiant 175 vs Aus and here the master stroke double ton vs SA. The most noticing fact is that he has got them against the best teams in ODI. I always thought he can do it. But my bet was on Jayasuriya and Sehwag, because the pace at which these two guys can score is marvellous. But Sanath has lost the lustre in last couple of years and Viru does not have the word called patience in his dictionary. Thats not a concern, since that's the way he palys and thats the way we love him.It was the most happiest moment to see that the record came from a batsman who has given so many new records to ODI.I wish Sachin that his purple patch continues for a long time and every time he walks out, we get to see the best out of him. Salut to the MASTER

  • amal on February 25, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    well put samir there's something about sachin's passion he inspires that makes cricket worth watching and writing.His genius and his strength of character and his compassion and respect for the game is commendable.SACHIN...thy eternal summer shall not fade...

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  • amal on February 25, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    well put samir there's something about sachin's passion he inspires that makes cricket worth watching and writing.His genius and his strength of character and his compassion and respect for the game is commendable.SACHIN...thy eternal summer shall not fade...

  • Ritesh Padwal on February 25, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    It has been years that Sachin has been the pillar of Indian Cricket Team. He the last 10 years or so he has played few magnificient knocks right from the storming innings in Sharjah Vs Aussies, the 186 vs NZ at Hyderabad, the 163 vs NZ in NZ, the valiant 175 vs Aus and here the master stroke double ton vs SA. The most noticing fact is that he has got them against the best teams in ODI. I always thought he can do it. But my bet was on Jayasuriya and Sehwag, because the pace at which these two guys can score is marvellous. But Sanath has lost the lustre in last couple of years and Viru does not have the word called patience in his dictionary. Thats not a concern, since that's the way he palys and thats the way we love him.It was the most happiest moment to see that the record came from a batsman who has given so many new records to ODI.I wish Sachin that his purple patch continues for a long time and every time he walks out, we get to see the best out of him. Salut to the MASTER

  • devpratim on February 25, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    hats off to sachin. what a masterpiece......... recently sachin has developed an art of attacking without taking any risk and thats why even i felt that he is the only man who could do it.....esp after his innings at hyderabad. he is batting far better that 90's....... the strike rate is same but there is no risk......gr8 going

  • Ashi on February 25, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    its a pleasure to witness such an inning.. its a pleasure to watch this man play.. there are not words to describe this man.. though i would say he is not only the best batsman the game has produced but also the great human being and a very smart cricketer in a way he cariies his innings.. he is a true legend..a master at his skill.. nothing compares to him.. nothing.. May God bless the Great man Sachin..

  • Indian on February 25, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Simply superbbbbbbbb!!!!!!!!!!

  • SachinKiJai on February 25, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    Even TIME Magazine took note of Sachin's achievement. Cool

  • Prashant on February 25, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Hey Samir, You "tend" too much. The excessive use of this word makes me think of a railway steam engine that is spinning its wheels to gain traction on the steel tracks. Once it gets going, it speeds up. Good Indian writers, like you, "tend" too much. You either do something or you don't. Is it worth writing about something that you just lean towards?

  • Sumit Gupta Dehradun on February 25, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    Well,whatever is said about the little master is little.I also consider myself fortunate to watch his historic innings of 200.That gem of an innings was dominated by Tendulkar throughout 50 overs.It was a flawless innings in which we saw the glimpses of vintage Sachin.His lofted straight shots of the bowling off Kallis,Van der Merve were simply awesome. I recon Sachin is enjoying his game much more now with so many talented batsman in the side.Earlier,it was a one man army and Tendulkar carried all the burden on his shoulders.But now with the team gelling well and all the frontline batsman contributing,Tendulkar is at his best.Over the last eighteen months,he has done exceptionally well in both Test and One Day matches.He is making more 150 plus scores in One Day Internationals now. He has now set a new benchmark for the batsman.Records are meant to be broken.This record will also get surpassed someday.It could be in the sub-continent again,only time will tell.

  • Krishna on February 25, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Records are meant to be broken, and Saeed Anwar wouldn't mind it! Records apart, Sachin could consistently sustain to be in the pinnacle of glory without getting involved in any controvorsies like sledging, match-fixing, exhibiting arrogance on and off the field ........ The only huge target that is left in Sachin is his passion to win the World Cup and be part of it! If there is a will, there is a way! If there is Sachin, there is winner! All the very best, Sachin !

  • Sajjad Rahman Saleem on February 25, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    LONG LIVE SACHIN!!! What a player!!! Sachin is the only player who could pull it off.But I be;lieve Ricky could also do it.