India v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Gwalior February 24, 2010

I'd like to bat another full 50 overs - Tendulkar

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Sachin Tendulkar, who broke the record for the highest individual ODI score, overtaking Saeed Anwar and Charles Coventry on his way to the format's first double-hundred, has said his ability to bat the entire 50 overs was a testament to his fitness after having played the game for more than 20 years.

"It feels good that I lasted for 50 overs, a good test of my fitness. I'd like to bat another 50 overs at some stage and see that the fitness level doesn't drop," Tendulkar said after his effort helped India take a unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. "The ball was coming onto the bat and I was striking the ball well. So when everything falls into its place, it feels nice. It was one of the innings where I felt I was moving well. Since I was timing the ball well, I could be more aggressive and put pressure on the bowlers."

Tendulkar, while dedicating his feat to the people of India, credited coach Gary Kirsten for the team's success in both forms of the game after the debacle in the World Cup in the Caribbean. "I've enjoyed various challenges; after the 2007 World Cup things have looked different and I'm enjoying the game," he said. "The credit also goes to Gary [Kirsten], he has really held the team beautifully. It's about togetherness and playing for each other. You see during the practice sessions that Gary himself trains as hard as anyone else, or probably harder than anyone else as he's the one giving us practice all the time."

Tendulkar said he sensed an opportunity to break the record and reach a double-century when he had gone past 175 in the 42nd over. The record eventually came in the 46th over, and the 200 in the 50th. "When I was near 175-180, I thought I could get a 200 as there were quite a few overs left," he said. He added that he would prefer his achievement to be upstaged by an Indian. "I don't play for records, I play for enjoyment and play with lots of passion. That's how cricket started. I didn't start playing cricket to break all the records; it's happened along the way. The dream was to play for India and do my best.

"I don't think any record is unbreakable. Records are made to be broken. I hope that if this record is broken, it's done by an Indian."

This was India's third-highest score in ODIs, and Tendulkar said the 400-mark would not have reached if not for some big hitting by Yusuf Pathan and MS Dhoni. "I thought a target of 340-350 would be a good one, but Yusuf Pathan and MS Dhoni came in and hit the big shots and cleared the ropes consistently and helped us pass 400."

Tendulkar added that India were not relaxing despite having put up a mammoth score, for they were aware South Africa were the only team to have chased down a target in excess of 400. "This was the team that chased 434 against Australia. So we didn't get complacent and told ourselves that we had just got through the half-way stage by scoring 401. And what we did in the second half was extremely important. We were aiming at getting early wickets and putting them out of the game."

Dhoni, who witnessed Tendulkar surpass the record from the other end, said: "I think one of the best innings, you can say. It's always good to be on the other side, watching him score 200 runs. When he is tired and can't play the big shots, he was very clever to use the pace of the bowler and it's very difficult for the bowlers as they don't know where exactly to bowl."

India lost Virender Sehwag early, and Tendulkar was assisted in three sizable stands where runs came at a brisk pace, with Dinesh Karthik, Yusuf and Dhoni. "Once Viru got out, it was important to get some kind of a partnership going. They [Tendulkar and Karthik] went on with their innings, and they set a platform after which we were sure we would get 350-plus which would be a difficult target," Dhoni said. "Yusuf was sent up the order and with the talent he's got, he can be a great asset to the side."

Yusuf scored a quickfire 36 and was particularly lethal during the batting Powerplay, while Dhoni proved destructive at the death, bludgeoning 68 off 35 in a century-stand with Tendulkar in just 53 balls. "I have changed my batting a bit, but the situation demanded that kind [attacking] of innings," Dhoni said. "The ground is a small one, and we were a bit worried about the dew factor. But once they lost 3-4 early wickets, it was difficult for them to get back into the game."

For South Africa and their stand-in captain Jacques Kallis, it was a case of the basics gone wrong. "The toss was quite vital. Our basics were just weren't good enough today. We were outplayed," Kallis said. "We lost wickets at crucial stages, our basics let us down. A fantastic innings by Sachin; he took advantage of some good conditions and he played superbly. We let ourselves down in some areas."

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  • POSTED BY RahulSharma5 on | February 26, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    This is really disappointing performance put up by the South Africans in the One Day Series against India, they came up with a lot of confidence and positives from the squared Test Series, but couldn't really try to make their mark in the One Day Internationals, the whole South African Team needs to be questioned except Jacques Kallis, Wayne Parnell & Ab De Villiers, they need to win the 3rd & the last ODI against the inexperienced and young Indian side, to atleast gain some confidence.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    no doubt that hes the best batsmen in the world!! no wonder he broke the record of highest individuals .......he is the `god of cricket'!!!

  • POSTED BY cjscanada on | February 26, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Well said "Lankapride". It would be nice reading a little token of your thoughts on Tendulkar on this great occasion for him. There is no real reason for being excessive and also bringing disrepute to other greats. I am amazed at the remarks made out against the great Bradman. Sachin himself would be embarrased. It is not necessary because a great was born in Australia and not in India to belittle his enormous achievement. Comparisions will never have the right measurements. Remember the world always go by history. Statistics say Bradman is the best by a heck of a lot. Let us accept that. Sachin is definetely a class act and it is true he has a lot of people coming with knives each time he fails as our media is fickle. Praise to the roof and ring the neck on a failure. No moderates. Accept the facts. If you are a real sportsman also compliment the opposition. We want India to do well but our real love is cricket and those who give us pleasure, certainly do not deserve castigation.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Its true that"YOU CAN COMMIT ANY SIN WHEN MASTER BLASTER IS BATTING ,BECAUSE GOD IS ALSO BUSY TO WATCH HIM WHEN HE IS BETTING "......HE IS ULTIMATE i was alone among 200 south african spectators in the club.....up to 150 land mark every one was praying to get OUT apart from me.....but suddenally things went wrong and every body start praying (cross-finger) for his 200......and as soon as he got it...all people give me 15 minute beer shower..........that the charisma of SACHIN.................we all are privileged of you sachin..............

  • POSTED BY CricFan24 on | February 26, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    When Tendulkar retires (shudder at the very thought) the cricketing world will realise that there were two periods in cricket- BT and AT… BEFORE TENDULKAR & AFTER TENDULKAR!!!

  • POSTED BY msankar on | February 26, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Where is Sanjay manjrekar?

    If you ask about Sachin's 200 to Sanjay manjrekar, his answer will be like....

    "Sachin played for his 200, he didn't accelerate the score in slag overs. We need young blood in our team"

  • POSTED BY Scube on | February 26, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    @Bollo, It's a great disservice to Sir Don to compare him with any cricketer of his subsequent generations and Sachin will be the first to agree! Quite often he has said that he hates comparisons! But for heaven's sake can you stop comparing Ponting to Sachin!?! His test average is better than Sachin by how much? 0.11!! Couple of yrs back RP was at 59.5 and Sachin was at ard 54! Sachin has increased by 1.5% at his age after playing 150+ test matches and 2 yrs younger, RP has lost 4% after playing 120+ tests! Even to lose average after playing so many tests is difficult, so RP must indeed be special! And wht abt ODI averages that you comfortably ignore!?! SRT is better by 1.7%! And Ricky won 3 worldcups & 2 CTs on his own?? Waugh, Gilly, Hayden, Symonds, McGrath & Shane Warne must be looking for ur address to sue you! If anything, the bowlers contribution in Aussie victories in these cups have been far more than any batsman, definitely more than RP!

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    Sachin's greatness lies in his passion for what he does, being a non-controversial person, dedication, humbleness.... all that is needed for a role model... this is the reason for which I love him like many others... if all of us show the same dedication and sincerity in whatever fields we are in, we can make this world a better place to live and give the best for our future generations... He is the role model for millions of people across the world and he deserves it.. I am proud to say I am a big fan of SACHIN

  • POSTED BY go4good on | February 26, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Yes, It is a fantastic moment in history of world cricket. Really I'm unluckily, didn't get chance to view the exciting and excellent milestone. Past few years, Sachin was criticized by media, leaders and individuals etc., But he is undoubtedly, hard working and trustworthy. He has dedicated his entire life to Indian cricket and hope he will continue till his end. He is a great asset to our Indian cricket industry. He is the best role model for our upcoming cricketers. If he is in team means, most of his teammates are felling comfortable and tension free. Really we have to proud that we are also living in his era. We wish him for his future games to create new world records

    Recently in his statement he said, his records are breakable, but it should be by an Indian. The words of Sachin is so astonishing and shows his patriotism.

    Best of luck SACHIN

  • POSTED BY Gk16 on | February 26, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    Some guy wrote an article "Mirror Mirror...." in 2007 here at cricinfo... I dont know where he is now...maybe very busy eating his humble pie... Dont ever annoy the Master...

  • POSTED BY RahulSharma5 on | February 26, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    This is really disappointing performance put up by the South Africans in the One Day Series against India, they came up with a lot of confidence and positives from the squared Test Series, but couldn't really try to make their mark in the One Day Internationals, the whole South African Team needs to be questioned except Jacques Kallis, Wayne Parnell & Ab De Villiers, they need to win the 3rd & the last ODI against the inexperienced and young Indian side, to atleast gain some confidence.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    no doubt that hes the best batsmen in the world!! no wonder he broke the record of highest individuals .......he is the `god of cricket'!!!

  • POSTED BY cjscanada on | February 26, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Well said "Lankapride". It would be nice reading a little token of your thoughts on Tendulkar on this great occasion for him. There is no real reason for being excessive and also bringing disrepute to other greats. I am amazed at the remarks made out against the great Bradman. Sachin himself would be embarrased. It is not necessary because a great was born in Australia and not in India to belittle his enormous achievement. Comparisions will never have the right measurements. Remember the world always go by history. Statistics say Bradman is the best by a heck of a lot. Let us accept that. Sachin is definetely a class act and it is true he has a lot of people coming with knives each time he fails as our media is fickle. Praise to the roof and ring the neck on a failure. No moderates. Accept the facts. If you are a real sportsman also compliment the opposition. We want India to do well but our real love is cricket and those who give us pleasure, certainly do not deserve castigation.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Its true that"YOU CAN COMMIT ANY SIN WHEN MASTER BLASTER IS BATTING ,BECAUSE GOD IS ALSO BUSY TO WATCH HIM WHEN HE IS BETTING "......HE IS ULTIMATE i was alone among 200 south african spectators in the club.....up to 150 land mark every one was praying to get OUT apart from me.....but suddenally things went wrong and every body start praying (cross-finger) for his 200......and as soon as he got it...all people give me 15 minute beer shower..........that the charisma of SACHIN.................we all are privileged of you sachin..............

  • POSTED BY CricFan24 on | February 26, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    When Tendulkar retires (shudder at the very thought) the cricketing world will realise that there were two periods in cricket- BT and AT… BEFORE TENDULKAR & AFTER TENDULKAR!!!

  • POSTED BY msankar on | February 26, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Where is Sanjay manjrekar?

    If you ask about Sachin's 200 to Sanjay manjrekar, his answer will be like....

    "Sachin played for his 200, he didn't accelerate the score in slag overs. We need young blood in our team"

  • POSTED BY Scube on | February 26, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    @Bollo, It's a great disservice to Sir Don to compare him with any cricketer of his subsequent generations and Sachin will be the first to agree! Quite often he has said that he hates comparisons! But for heaven's sake can you stop comparing Ponting to Sachin!?! His test average is better than Sachin by how much? 0.11!! Couple of yrs back RP was at 59.5 and Sachin was at ard 54! Sachin has increased by 1.5% at his age after playing 150+ test matches and 2 yrs younger, RP has lost 4% after playing 120+ tests! Even to lose average after playing so many tests is difficult, so RP must indeed be special! And wht abt ODI averages that you comfortably ignore!?! SRT is better by 1.7%! And Ricky won 3 worldcups & 2 CTs on his own?? Waugh, Gilly, Hayden, Symonds, McGrath & Shane Warne must be looking for ur address to sue you! If anything, the bowlers contribution in Aussie victories in these cups have been far more than any batsman, definitely more than RP!

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    Sachin's greatness lies in his passion for what he does, being a non-controversial person, dedication, humbleness.... all that is needed for a role model... this is the reason for which I love him like many others... if all of us show the same dedication and sincerity in whatever fields we are in, we can make this world a better place to live and give the best for our future generations... He is the role model for millions of people across the world and he deserves it.. I am proud to say I am a big fan of SACHIN

  • POSTED BY go4good on | February 26, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Yes, It is a fantastic moment in history of world cricket. Really I'm unluckily, didn't get chance to view the exciting and excellent milestone. Past few years, Sachin was criticized by media, leaders and individuals etc., But he is undoubtedly, hard working and trustworthy. He has dedicated his entire life to Indian cricket and hope he will continue till his end. He is a great asset to our Indian cricket industry. He is the best role model for our upcoming cricketers. If he is in team means, most of his teammates are felling comfortable and tension free. Really we have to proud that we are also living in his era. We wish him for his future games to create new world records

    Recently in his statement he said, his records are breakable, but it should be by an Indian. The words of Sachin is so astonishing and shows his patriotism.

    Best of luck SACHIN

  • POSTED BY Gk16 on | February 26, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    Some guy wrote an article "Mirror Mirror...." in 2007 here at cricinfo... I dont know where he is now...maybe very busy eating his humble pie... Dont ever annoy the Master...

  • POSTED BY spreddy1 on | February 26, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    I am glad that i was born in this generation..otherwise, i would not have watched GOD on this earth!!

  • POSTED BY chandrashaekar_us on | February 26, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    Well, statistically this is the greatest one day innings played so far. It may be surpassed in future - but double hundred in one dayer hasn't been done before. When Sachin came closer a couple of times in 2009 (163* against NZ and 175 against AU), I thought it was just a matter of time before he gets to the double ton. I am not into the argument who is the best batsman in the world - as it will differ from individual's point of view. However, there is no denying fact that whenever Sachin Tendulkar scores well, he makes a lot of people happy as they see his success as theirs. Some one rightly pointed out, it is difficult to understand why some section of the people bash him - he is humble, polite, has no ego, goes about his work and puts his best foot forward. For all the comments comparing Anwar's innings with this one, it is 6 runs more than Anwar's in lesser balls. And the first 200 - unbeaten and looking good for more. Anything more to be said?

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    Cricket means tendulkar . He is the best.I congratulate him . it seems to me that he is getting back his youth.This performance is the best even1998 .rest all the player have to learn from him.he is outstanding .

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    Good decision decade award went to Ponting. Sachin don't need awards - he is a batsman of our era, we grow seeing him playing and aged along with him. We appreciate and admire his efforts in the international. Ask Shane Warne - he wrote thankfully is was not bowling to Sachin. Congrats Sachin, many more records to come your way, get ready mate!

  • POSTED BY nirvana_1959 on | February 25, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Amazing feat!!! What's more amzing is the way he goes about doing it... Without making a big fuzz... This should silence Dhoni for good (remember - he made some sneering remarks about senior players. These are the players winning test / ODI matches for India)! Actually Dhoni has turned around appreciating the contriution of seniors....

    Go India!!! Give more people like Bollo heartburns!!!

  • POSTED BY DwightR on | February 25, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    to Bollo- i understand some of the excessive comments about sachin being a god is overboard but it does not change the fact that he is the only man to bat 200 not out in an ODI and against South Africa not an associate or 2nd tier team, he is the leading run scorer in both the test format and the odi format, noone is taking away or downplaying the achievements of brian lara 400 in a test or don bradman 99 avg. or pointings 4 world cups, but speaking strictly towards the greatest batsman ever the stats dont lie and the numbers say he's on top of the list.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    To Dear Bollo,Dear Sir,had and If you really Know and love cricket,U will never say these kind of Stupid Thing About Sachin Tendulkar,As we respect wasim Akram,But I guess Its not Your Fault ,Reckon Thats the way you are being brought up,Never Mind,Kutte[Dogs] Bhonkte[bark] hai or haathi chalta rehta hai.

    Secondly,If u have even a tiny bit of cricketing barain[or brain ],Anwar,scores 194,Right,But let me remind u,Right from 18th over untill end of the inning,He played with RUNNER,As he always has fitness problems,so does that made his inning great?ha ha ,Hope u under stand my point and please Shut up,and please dont fell offended of any of my comments,they are not measnt to hurt anyone ,thanks

  • POSTED BY Poks on | February 25, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Its disheartening to see the comments made by critics here. People have to understand that only the players from the international arena can have their say about another batsman and not only by watching them performing on the ground. One of the best batsman Ponting himself admitted that if he had played for 20 years he would be batting in wheelchair. A batsman commending another batsman. Hail Sachin the Master Blaster................

  • POSTED BY Bollo on | February 25, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    Oh, and great idea about giving Sachin the cricketer of 2000-2009 award based on scores he`s made in 2010. One of the reasons Ricky Ponting won that award (convincingly) was because he scored 55 international centuries in the decade, compared to Sachin`s 42, and won 2 world cups and 2 champions trophies...and test series in every country...

  • POSTED BY mahakarthik on | February 25, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Well, I'm speaking my heart here. In the 23 years of my life so far, he has given me more happiness than my parents, my uncle, the closest of my friends, the girl i was in love with, my work, music and anyone/anything for that matter.I have no words to express my gratitude to him. He has made me undergo the entire spectrum of emotions - elation, desperation, depression, pride, infuriation, awe, contentment, amusement, trepidation, anxiety, ecstasy, obsession - which I doubt if any other single entity could ever achieve. For someone whom I have never talked to or even seen from a close range to have touched my life so deeply is immensely remarkable. And when I say all this I am not speaking for myself. Such is the case with a million people. That is something no mortal can succeed in doing. Sachin is God!

  • POSTED BY Bollo on | February 25, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Can anyone else here understand why West Indian/Lara fans might be finding all this a bit nauseating?

  • POSTED BY austinphilip08 on | February 25, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    I think our neighbors across the border need a lesson in appreciation and english :) Go Sachin!

  • POSTED BY Bollo on | February 25, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    Just been pulled up by a good mate (thanks Ravi) about saying I`d have Sachin in my World XI.That was of course my all time World XI. Little doubt about the Little Master making the team of this decade, or indeed the two before. So, I`ve got Bradman at 3, Sachin at 4, Sobers at, 6 Gilchrist at 7 and whatever...

  • POSTED BY Iyer on | February 25, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    Talents like Sachin, Vishwanathan Anand (chess) are inborn, those are not acquired after birth. It is god's gift and there is no point in trying to analyse how he was born with such talent. Please don't compare Sachin with anyone even Bradman. Just close your eyes, touch your heart, and ask yourself this question: 'who has provided good entertainment in cricket for last 20 years consistently?' 'After whose fall of wicket do you switch off your television set for most of the times in your life?' - Honest answer from any cricket follower including a pakistani would be 'Sachin'. Bradman is someone whom I have not had the privilege to watch him play and hence I am not comparing him. Statistics is always not reliable. The answer to who is the greatest player of this generation lies in your heart, not in statistics or elsewhere.

  • POSTED BY deepakprashar on | February 25, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    Sachin make all Indians to Love Cricket as a Passion in life.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    this is not very easy finish record really good batsman Sachin Tendulkar i like to wacth this man batting very nice ground short and relax batting long time playing everything ok dont miss india 2nd Tendulkar thank you very much Sachin Tendulkar for takeovered before said anwar record now start your new racord 200 runs so long Existence fully my best wishes

  • POSTED BY saqibmufti on | February 25, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Hmm.. Tendulkar is not winning man in a match. Pitch was totally betting and home crowd advantage so it help full for him to double ton. Saeed Anwar 194 was smashing inning, remember sudden indian bowling squad and home crowed of indians and Saeed Anwar created a record. But in last day match South Afriqa have not good bowling squad so it was easy for Tendulkar.

    Kya huwa Tendulkar ne Saeed Anwar ka record torh diya. Apni gali me to KUTTTA b sher hota hai.

    Regards

  • POSTED BY Bollo on | February 25, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    Oh, I forgot about this one...imagine if Sachin had been in 4 World Cup Finals (and won the last 3 in a row, 2 as captain). Wait on, Sachin was there ONCE - was that the time Punter scored 140no and Australia beat India by about 130runs and bowled them out in the 39th over?

  • POSTED BY rbalagu on | February 25, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    We all love you Sachin! Not only for playing cricket with so much passion and setting records, but also for being so humble and polite off the field. The way you carry yourself, carry a lot of message for a generation of Indians. You instill confidence, passion and love among us. Thank you Sir! May God be with you, Always!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    really sad me! 200 runs this is very easy cricket now. but saeed anwar record is takeovered, so this is new record 200 run now. who a takeout? now...

  • POSTED BY Bollo on | February 25, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Oh, I woke up this morning and met God. He was an Indian and carried a bat. His name was...,well I swooned before it reached my lips??? Thank you Swisssam for bringing some sense to this site.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Poeple says, Dhoni gave enough time to relax Tendulker for getting his 200!! It is totally wrong theory!! It was clear and obvoius Dhoni does not have any kind of thinking towards Tendulkar's 200!! If you observe, he took strike in the whole 49th over and then continued 50th, Tendulkar got strike only because poor Amla fielded well on the second ball of 50th.. Just imagin if he could not fielded that ball!!.. do you think Dhoni can garanty to give him strike and get his 200 while remaining just 3 balls!!.. Defenitely it will add up pressure on Tendulkar when 3 balls remaining even if he get back the strike... If at all Dhoni wanted to give him strike, he should not have taken the single on 49th over's last ball. Quite obvious like Karthik, he never wanted Tendulkar to get that 200!!.. This is the truth and fact.. Ask Dhoni otherwise

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Thank you God for blessing our mother land India with your true copy, who always works for the happiness of mankind...What more a man needs to do and prove himself the true son of land....Eagerly waits for Indian Government to bestow Sachin with the Bharat Ratna...There should not be any doubt about this...We love you Sachin, You are inspiration of the youth world wide..

  • POSTED BY Bollo on | February 25, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    And all this for a man who still averages less than Ricky Ponting in test cricket? A man who`s never won, let alone captained a World Cup winning team? Sachin himself would be embarrassed at the tripe written here. Good on him for being far more humble, normal, and appreciative of his place in this great game than the majority of people here.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar the gr8st batsmen cricket will ever see no one will or no one can match u in the cricket arena.

  • POSTED BY prr19776 on | February 25, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Why in every article i read states that Sachin surpassed Anwar's record in fact it was of CK Coventry , as CK Coventry was no out and Anwar was dismissedin the innigs of 194

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    If cricket religion..then sachin is god..nothing impossible for him to achieve..with in two years he is going score 402* in test match to break brian lara's record..so people watch every innings he is going to play in next two years..wooooooooooooo

  • POSTED BY SachinFan_fromChennai on | February 25, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    I wonder if the no. of comments for any other cricinfo conversation crossed 250+ ??!! Hats off to Sachin

  • POSTED BY Swisssam on | February 25, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Congrats to Sachin for scoring the First Double Hundred in ODI's. Truly a great achievement but still i feel he has many milestones he needs to cross for him to be termed the " Best Player, who ever Played The Game of The Empire- Cricket"

    Sir Don Bradman with his Average of 99.94 is still light years ahead of Sachin and still Sachin has not got a Triple Hundred in Tests v/s Sir Don Bradman's 2 Triple Hundreds.

    Sachin still does not hold the Record of the Highest Score in Test Cricket, which is Still held by the Gr8 Brian Charles Lara- 400 N.O.

    It seems unlikely that Sachin will ever break the record of Lara and it is virtually impossible for him to break Sir Don Bradman's average of 99.94 in Test Cricket

    Sachin is a Brilliant Batsman but still i feel he cannot be termed as the Best Batsman, who ever Played the Game. I know this comment might not be liked by many but this is my true feelings. It is indeed a honor to see Sachin bat and hope he achieves further heights in the future.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    The thing i like most about Sachin is calm and cool behaviour on and off the field and working hard not for records but a dedication to play and win for the country

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    if cricket is a religion no doubt that sachin is a god sachin rockzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 17:25 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 !

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    i have not seen don bradman bat and dont even to see him him bat bat because i have seen sachin tendulkar batting !

  • POSTED BY Bollo on | February 25, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    We all love our cricket, but seriously, some of you guys need to get out a bit more. Any of you remember this sort of carry on when B Lara, for many the greatest batsman of his generation, scored 400 in a test match? Oh God has come amongst us..I have waited so many years for this...it took me to the heavens...a great double hundred in a meaningless one-dayer. Get over it. Grow up the lot of you.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    east or west , sachin is best.

  • POSTED BY BaskerUvathy on | February 25, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    from my childhood after seeing the anwars record, i always prayed to god that an indian should cross the 200 mark first and its should be sachin, he nearly came close in new zealand, and almost made it agains australia, but this time nothing stops him from the very first ball his confidence level is pretty high, for sachin its just one more feather in the cap, we love u sachin, ur the cricketing legende ever

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    A Great Feat By Sachin Tendulkar - An Opportunity of Indo-Pak Peace Through Cricket

    Many congratulations to Sachin Tendulkar for creating a unique world record, of scoring a double century in an innings in an ODI. It is a well-deserved honour earned by a batsman adored by the followers of the game, transcending the geographical boundaries of their nations. Without doubt, the feats of Sachin are a testimony to the fact, that he is the greatest player, ever produced, by the glorious game of cricket.

    In fact, cricket is truly a game of peace. It is the only game where player of one team, ties the shoe laces of the opponent member of the team.

    Under the circumstances, millions of cricket lovers of Pakistan and India have been denied, for more than sufficient gap of time, the pleasure of witnessing high class cricket duels between one of the finest cricketers, the game has ever produced.

    We the cricket lovers, demand from both the governments and their respective cricke

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Records are meant to be broken, and Saeed Anwar wouldn't mind that! The only huge target left in Sachin, is his passion to win the World Cup and be apart of that!

    Records apart, Sachin is the only cricketer who could sustain it to the pinnacle of glory for 2 successful cricketing decades without getting involved in any kind of controvorsies like sledging, match-fixing, aggression on and off the field....

    If there is a will, there is a way. If there is Sachin, there is a winner! All the very best Sachin, and continue the best job!!

  • POSTED BY Bollo on | February 25, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    Are you guys serious? Great batsman, sure. I`d probably have have him at No 4 in my World XI. That being said, he averages less than Ricky Ponting in tests, and comparisons with Bradman are farsical. Grow up!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    I Love India, today whole India Nation Loves Little Master Sachin JI

    JI HO

    We Know that 6+4= Tendulkar now Little Master Provide that he his the one who GOD gives the tallent and time to achive such a Great Achivement...

    Who knows Viru can also reach this millstone...

    Sachin Ji we are expecting you to get back the world cup to India

    With Regards

    Sachin Fans

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    You a are true legend.. and You truly deserve this record.. Many congratulations and love from Pakistan. And i don't think it would be possible for anybody in future to break your records of Highest centuries and runs because of the way the game of cricket is changing exponentionally, also the fitness level of cricketers these days aint that good to last more than 10-12 years in field.

  • POSTED BY DwightR on | February 25, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Me and my fellow group of the cricket obessed were always debating who was the best batsman ever? Lara, Bradman, Pointing, Richards, Tendulkar, Jayasuriya...but Sachin just pulled away with this..200 in an ODI, all time test and odi run leader, Greatest of all time! we are all previlaged to be able to say we were around to see the little master bat.

  • POSTED BY kiddos on | February 25, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    @ Srinivasan Narayanan Beautifully said. That he's the First to Score a Double in an One Day Innings ...that Record ..will ALWAYS stand! ...forever. We Indians believe in One Religion more than any other ...Sachinism ...can't honesly say I'm the founder! :D

  • POSTED BY rugveda78 on | February 25, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    I am glad to be a cricket fan, glad to be Indian, and glad to witness the masterly innings. It was only fitting that the best batsman in the History of the game (in Tests and ODIs) was the one who scored the first double century in ODI. A few years back when Sehwag had said a 200 in ODI is possible, I had wished Sachin would score it, since he had been close to it when he had scored 186n.o. But there were other contenders too like Sehwag, Gilli, Hayden, Gayle, etc. and with current trend of big hitting thanks to T20, I feared if anyone would do it before Sachin, worse, if Sachin ever does it. But, looking at his innings now, I feel, if anyone could do it, it was him. He did it in such a calm and cool way. No ariel shots till he reached his century, still maintaining good strike rate. Still scoring his century within 25 overs. No mistime shots, no half measures and no chance of catches given to fielders, no inside edges, still maintaining sanity.

  • POSTED BY Vedahametham on | February 25, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    I had confidence in Sachin from the beginning.During his tennis elbow and downtime in the middle of his career I have believed in him that he will strike back like "the pink panther strikes back". I remembered many a Indian sports related movies where the hero comes triumphant from all ordeals. People in earlier comments addressed him as "Sir" not because of British nighthood but because it is in the culture of an indian to respect an elder or some one worthy of respect. I think if there is any other person who can break this record of 200 in ODI it may be Veeru or David Warner or Ponting.I remember a placard in Sydney Ground when Sachin was going great guns saying "Gods are watching him from the heavens and the mortal bowlers can do no harm to him". I hope Sachin will make triple century in tests and cross or equal Lara's 400 record. I rate Lara, Ponting and Sachin equally as cricket players. But on personal front because of his impeccable personal nature I rate him above the other 2

  • POSTED BY Ramaswami on | February 25, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Sachin is the first MAN to hit a double ton. Ironically in a man's game, it was a woman who was the the first person to hit a double ton in ODIs - Belinda Clark of Australia - who did it in 1997. She did it in Sachin's home town - Mumbai.

  • POSTED BY Numbstranger on | February 25, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Sachin is the greatest batsman of all time in all formats.... and no doubt he will be the best and remembered as one of the best.

  • POSTED BY ayyala on | February 25, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    No words to say my feelings but he is only cricketer who deserve all records on his name. I felt very very bad not to be part of crowed to enjoy the lively moments. This is answer with bat to every player who criticized him and advised to announce retirement. Sachin is ever great even in next millennium also.

    Ramana

  • POSTED BY ASHOK12310 on | February 25, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    sachin rockzzzzzzzzzzz.....................................................................

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    simply he is genious,he does need proud of that double century insted that double century record proud its made by sachin. murali for bowling and sachin for batting.proud to be sachin fan srilankan from u.k.

  • POSTED BY ASHOK12310 on | February 25, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    i am proud of you sachin . how to i say , i have no words to speak and finally you are a golden son for india

  • POSTED BY jayeshnair7 on | February 25, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Now a days GOD bats at number 2 position in Indian Team...he is also known as Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar on Earth..

  • POSTED BY Thunee_man_Naidoo on | February 25, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Well done to him. The Master Blaster has proven once again why he is the best batsman in the world today.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    This is Sad as well as Happy News. Sad because of Saeed's Record is takeovered & happy because Sachin done it. T-20 format of Cricket has given a new shpe to cricket, Sachin's 200 is result of it. 200 is not consistant in todays cricketing time. It will be breakable.

  • POSTED BY Saha_Kingkar on | February 25, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Sachin is universal. Sachin is also very much popular in Bangladesh. Honesty, sincerety is the base of all success that proves Sachin. All sports fans enjoyed the best innings of Sachin. We are very proud to be a fan of Sachin. We want to see you in the field for more five years. We hope you could easily reach your total score 20000 in ODI and test both. Wish you hale and heary.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Masterful innings from sachin.It is a proud moment being an indian.He had shown age is no bar to the game.He has given youngsters a target to be achieved in the future.It will be good for the team if he plays till 2015 worldcup.

  • POSTED BY Jatan on | February 25, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Why "Sir"?that's given by the British queen. Who cares about that. Sure if they want to give it to him go ahead, but Sachin is a proud Indian, let's honour him with an Indian title.

  • POSTED BY premendrasinghal on | February 25, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    It was a great experience watching Tendulkar scoring 200 at Gwalior. I proud to be there and feel very lucky to watch that historic event. Sachin you are really a great cricketer and moreover a great human being. I remember that day when Manjrekar, Sachin's Friend commented that Sachin should take retirement and you generously replied that Manjarekar's comment has hearted you. I think Manjrekar himself has realized now that Sachin is going to play for India for another 3 years if he can manage his injuries. Its not only that a players body make him to be able to play for a long or for a longer innings rather it lots depend on his mental toughness, will power and passion towards the game. And sachin you are a great passoinate of Cricket and Country.

  • POSTED BY Jatan on | February 25, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    to Ramesh 5: comparing to other ppl with what. Who out of these actually for 21 yrs continuously has managed to serve their country. Who out of these have actually been without some decent bowling attack. How many of them have had to serve under the amazing pressure of more than a billion ppl. Until recently since Dhoni has taken over, every eye has always been sitting and waiting hopefully Tendulkar will click and save the day. Let's look at the 90's who was there ever to support him. Even till date our bowling attack (except Zaheer and Bhaaji) is not anywhere near being the best, 90's was terrible and on top no other batsmen to support him consistently. It's mostly due to the exceptional batsmen India has we have been winning in the recent times(exceptions are always there) His numbers by average, strike rates prove that he has done what he could. Blame others for not converting his knocks into victories than blaming him

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    i like him so much. he is no 1 cricketer in the world. this records waiting for him long time.

  • POSTED BY ajee on | February 25, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    LITTLE MASTER is the bloody best in this business and still people need performances from him to have it proved.. I was angry that he made me miss my bus ystday just becoz of his innings.. but today 'm happy to say that I dint even miss any of the 147 balls he faced yesterday, a real mesmerising innings... :) Also the way Dhoni took strike knowing Sachin was exhausted shows how good a team man he is... And even the classy knocks from Dhoni himself, Karthik and Yusuf..

    @ Iyer.. Please respect cricket, I BET U R NOT A TRUE CRICKET FAN. Anwar is also a good player, like many others around the globe... And i do remember having sachin said ki he has dedicated to people of INDIA.. how many would have got this as a B'day Gift..NOM..

    Sit back and enjoy dude.. I guess next would be the World Cup.. Dhoni & co, Please do it..

  • POSTED BY spp11485 on | February 25, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Few days back when a test match was going on in Sydney, then somebody in the audience was carrying a banner stating, " I have seen GOD, he bats at number 4 for India." I have no doubts and questions on that statement. I dont smoke , I dont drink but I m sure that the adiction of watching Sachin's batting is more pleasant if you understand cricket and if u r a huge fan of cricket. When he plays, it looks like I m a snake and he is a charmer. His strokes are really a treat to watch. Cuts, pulls, cover drives, on drives....u just name the stroke, he plays it and plays it better than any one has played ever.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar will remain a GOD forever and we'll continue worshiping you till the last breath. Eagerly waiting for your 100th international century.

  • POSTED BY akssaf on | February 25, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    The best innings of all time. Sachin is unarguably the best. Some say Ponting may overtake him, but SAchin proved that they're all dreaming. There is a big gap between SAchin and the Óthers".

  • POSTED BY Rohan1 on | February 25, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Ah Man! Wish I was in the stadium...Hair standing on end...We were sitting and watching on TV- all of us -Mom,Dad,friends,Kids,even the Maids- and practically all going " SACHIN, SACHIN...!!"....What a batsman.God sure took his time on this one.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Don Bradman, Hammond,Garfield Sobers, George Headley, Greame Pollock, viv Richards,Sunil Gavaskar, Virendar Sewag,Lara and Rahul Dravid.................... none of them I think is even closer to Sachin.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Sachin maidan Double century is first in this planet atleast.

    What makes Sachin better is that in last 20 years He was free from any controversy and now He is not even playing with MRF or Hero Honda Bat.

    MRF would have been thinking they should have exteneded the contract with Sachin.Sports and Business are two diffrent things.Their Management decided to terminate the contract because they thought Sachin has lost his prime.

    Business people please apply your heart also.

    Anand Mahnidra right in stating yesteray

    @anandmahindra: On my way to ndtv Indian of the year awards.But wonder if any other indian matters tonight after sachin's double ton...

  • POSTED BY RAHULVENKY on | February 25, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    initially people were complaining that whenever Sachin plays a big innings when India bats second ..he only manages to bring India near victory but he doesnt go all the way to win it for India...he proved every body wrong with his magnificient back to back century in the tri series in Austrailia batting from the first to the last ball....now he has gone a step forward and done something close to impossible...get a double century....that too on close heels to his 175 against the Aussies...the attack was also one of the best in the world and not some teir two/non test playing country.....take a bow Sachin... u have trilled us ( the very demanding and cribbing public) for the past 20 years taking a permanent place in all our hearts... u have achieved almost everything in cricket....hope u bring the World cup to India to complete ur career......."To Sachin the God of Cricket"

  • POSTED BY VEGHA on | February 25, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    This is one of the Master Piece.I can rate this as one of Best knock.His century against australia at Sharjah still in my memory.and this innings also one of the gem and it will remain in our heart.We must be proud to have such genius in our India and we are living in his era.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    I Really Dont Know How Much I Like Him I Hope He Will Complete His 100 Century Soon

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Great. I love Sachin.A great cricketer with lot of passion and love.

  • POSTED BY sach_is_lyf on | February 25, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Sachin sir began his career in Gavaskar mode and later morphed into Sir Vivian Richards method of batting. Today Sachin sir has mixed both batsman's traits and presented a destructive package of batsman ship. Hats off...!!

  • POSTED BY SatyajitM on | February 25, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    I just upgraded Sachin as the best ODI batsman ever in my book pipping Viv Richards. He is also very likely the second best test batsman of all time. I was fortunate to see the innings live and you would not see many such flawless innings like this even though he maintained a strike rate of 136. Agree that the pitch was flat and boundaries smal but the mastery he showed was quite incredible. I remember one ball from Steyn taken from off side gently and driven towards leg. It looked like a spinner was bowling and not the premier fast bowler of the world. You had to see the reaction on Steyn's face! On a side note, I am not sure why some of his fans are fixated with "Sir" title. It's a title given by british govt and many not so exceptional people in britain have got it. What's the big deal about it? If somebody wants to honour him, well and good; if not. doesn't matter. The honours from Indian public and govt will matter more to him as he is a true son of India.

  • POSTED BY ramesh5 on | February 25, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    One of the all time greats, Sachin played another great knock, this time the only double century in the One day game. In fact only recently, he played another long innings against Australia 175 runs, but then India lost that game by 3 runs. This time India won by a massive margin. There is one thing intriguing about Sachin's carreer. He has played great innings in an illustrious career but being a team game, will any one say how many matches have been lost in spite of centuries by Sachin and how many won or drawn with Sachin's centuries. Compare the same stastics of other All time great players namely Don Bradman, Hammond,Garfield Sobers, George Headley, Greame Pollock, viv Richards,Sunil Gavaskar, Virendar Sewag,Lara and Rahul Dravid. Cricket is a team game and great players play to win after all. Individual achievement no doubt has to be acknowledged and celebarated but the whole purpose is to win the match. Team over self is to be the mantra & Let us not get carried away.

  • POSTED BY Prashant_Nirdhar on | February 25, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    Once again thanks to Tendlya. But I really wonder how many times from my childhood should i say those words to this legend for his innings. I really feels proud to be fan of cricket, Indian cricket and of course fan of SRT.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    i love you sachin........... proud to be a sachin fans...........

  • POSTED BY Arun.Goyal on | February 25, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    Sachin complete my dream at Gwaliar stadium. I am feeling proud to called Sachin's country's citizen. This is ever time best ODI inning. Now every one shut their mouth for talking about Sachin's retirement because He will retire when He want and Sachin Tendulkar should be called Sir Sachin Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY pk_cric_rox on | February 25, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    the moment saeed anwar got out on 194 i knew this record isnt gona last long because its so close to 200 but yet its not 200. but i was always afraid this record is gona go to some hard hitter as a fluke whose only achievement in cricket would b a double hundred in ODI. but i m really happy that saeed anwar's record was broken by the batsman who deserves it most in the world.records r meant to b broken thats the charm of the game but as a cricket fan it feels good when u see the deserving player doing it rather then a fluke. my congrats to sachin n india ...

  • POSTED BY Muruges on | February 25, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    No offense to geniuses. I am proud be a chennaite who acknowledge all great players neverthless he is an Indian or non-indian. I am happy that I live in the same era when tendulkar peaks his form. Great achievement sir.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    well now i guess its now or never for sachin tendulkar..He has just one dream left as to win the world cup for india and this time around he will not leave any stone unturned. He is setting an example for the youngsters as to what it takes to be on top. I wish that in dhoni,s captaincy he lifts the world cup trophy for india.

  • POSTED BY U.A.1985 on | February 25, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Great innings, no doubt. It was so flawless. His 175 against Australia was a great knock too. Take nothing away!!

    Finally I would like to comment on those people who are saying it was a flat pitch for both sides and this and that. Spare a thought for SA:

    -Its all about experience. SA play much better on green tops than on flat tracks because they have experience of that. Indians play better on flat tracks becuase they have experience of that, so to say the same track was available for SA does not mean that the track was too diffcult to bat on. the track was very easy.

    -they are without their captain

    - they flew here without much match practice in India and entered directly in a 2 match test series.

    - SA also dont have great experience of bowling on placid tracks. we never saw enough variation by SA bowlers. They also do not have a quality spinner. This was one of the plus points of Anwars knock which was made against a subcontinent team.

    But still: Gr8 inngs Sachin

  • POSTED BY harpmander on | February 25, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    i really thank my god that i was watching when SRT took a single and go past 200* ,,, WHAT AN INNING THAT WAS...KEEP MAKING INDIA PROUD,,,

  • POSTED BY nomi14 on | February 25, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    comments 4rom a Pakistani. Im juz speechless.dis inning is special i mean i have never witnessd such an inning. marvelous splendid.i never wantd the record of saeed anwar to be broken bt after this inning i admit that if 1 player deservd it to break he is none other than little master. Hez truly a master blaster a genius of crickt.an artist.saeed inning was also very special n i still remeber whole chennai crowd gave him stading ovation.bt this inning was more special than saeed's.flawless inning just gr8. karthik pathan n dhoni also playd xtremely gud but their innings were overshadowed by master blaster. he really is a gr8 gr8 gr8 player.i have never written comments on cricinfo bt this inning really compels me to write something on the greatest ininng of ODI history.

  • POSTED BY anuragb2 on | February 25, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Sorry , i m totally speechless. I dont have words to xpress my views........ from my childhood i always heard that sachin is god of cricket but after his unbeaten 200 knock against one of d top challenger south africa now i also want to say that he is only d god in cricket world. Before this every indian excepting this 200 only frm viru not frm sachin. sachin i just salute u not only me whole country salutes u for such superb innings against team like south africa just awsome........ This is why india is crazy for cricket. i salute u...

  • POSTED BY nareshefx on | February 25, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    World Cricket Lovers and Fans of Sachin, Please Call Him AS "SIR" SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR.There is no Words to Praise Him.All the Best And Congratulations.This is A good lesson For Especially Who Are Criticized and Commented on Him. Long Live Sir......... From your fan Naresh,Kishore Kumar Maddali,Murali Rangana,Prasad rao EDE. Prasad Corp LTD Hyderabad

  • POSTED BY splendorskies18 on | February 25, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    Take a bow SACHIN!!!There are no words to describe u..We salute u champion:-) We love u SACHIN!! WELL PLAYED!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    I almost cried when Dhoni getting those singles in last ball in last few overs and not giving the chance for Tendulkar to pass 200 even before the 50th over. I know Dhoni loves Tendulkar, but have to play according to the situation.

  • POSTED BY Quazar on | February 25, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    C'mon folks...to praise Einstein, you don't need to belittle Planc, Newton, et al. Then why belittle other cricket greats to praise the Little Master? Let us just be thankful for the pleasure of having been able to watch a Lara, Sachin, Ponting, Anwar, etc. in modern cricket. Peace! (And yes, absolutely fitting that the Little Master made this breakthrough! May the force remain with him!)

  • POSTED BY markhansen1983 on | February 25, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    It really annoys me when people try and find a reason why someone hasn't achieved greatness. In cricket, as with all sports, you could say that Warne took 700 wickets because he had McGrath at the other end, or was in a top class side which put pressure on. Likewise, you could say The Don averaged nearly 100, but he only really had to play in two countries. Or you could say Kallis is a top-class alrounder, but he does the job too slowly, or doesn't win matches when it counts. The fact of the matter is, Tendulkar is 38. In 40 years, and roughly 3000 ODI's no-one has managed 200. He got it in 147 balls! South Africa is a class side with Steyn, Parnell, Kallis especially top class performers. It's not as if the small ground, or home ground advantage played any major role. As stated, there are always reasons to justify why it WASN't great, but the fact is that the runs still need to be scored. Sehwag made 9. Karthik had a strike rate of 92. Top class effort in my Australian opinion.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is the best

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    The first person to score a 200 in ODIs is an Australian Woman named Belinda Clark - http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/content/player/53413.html.

  • POSTED BY bala_krithu on | February 25, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    I had been one of them who was advocating his retirement but it is nice to be proved wrong over and over again in the past two years.

    My suggest was that we need to blood youngsters and keep them ready for the future but if this is going to continue like this i suppose blooding, grooming can wait a little longer and all of us mortals have to shut our trap and wait for the great man to hang his boots as and when he pleases and on his terms.

    Good luck Sachin, personally i promise not to even think about your retirement.

    God had been kind to us and we thank him.

  • POSTED BY xunny13 on | February 25, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    WellDone u deserve for that. I am Pakistani But we all must accept that Sachin played super. Well Deserve 200* and regarding Saeed Anwar he is best too. and Remember Record are alway ment for Broken. Congrasulation to Sachin for showing his great Game. And Congrasulation to Indian Nation As well

  • POSTED BY Sunilkg on | February 25, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    Adios Master!!!!! one last dream, 100th international hundred, 50th in ODI against Australia in World Cup 2011 and Please bring us the World Cup!!!

  • POSTED BY hasanmamun008 on | February 25, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    I think time is over now comparing Sachin with Ponting and others. It doesn't mean they aren't great but specially Sachin who is bleesed by Gods own hand. I can say myself proudly Im a fan of great Sachin Tendulkar.Sachin god blees you, live long Sachin, you r the only one Master of great cricket. All the best......................

  • POSTED BY wd786 on | February 25, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Well done Tendulkar, you are really great player in cricket history.

    waheed pakistan

  • POSTED BY SUNILDEOIN on | February 25, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    "I don't think any record is unbreakable. Records are made to be broken. I hope that if this record is broken, it's done by an Indian."-- Legend SIR.SRT one of the gr8st innings that sachin played really he is a god....great commitment from the 36yr old/young player hats off to u tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY prashyms on | February 25, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    I only want the critics to acknowledge the world class performer. Its just not about his double hundred, just the way he could differentiate himself from rest of others in the indian team, who are, on an average 10 years younger to him. What a dressing room it would be, for the likes of Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit sharma, Yusuf pathan, Ravindra jadeja, Dinesh karthik, M Vijay & S. Badrinath to share with Universe's best batsmen. Its a proud moment for all the indians when he stepped onto the cricket field 21 years before. Till date, the entertainment never died down and I bet Sachin's personal agenda is to win the world cup for us next year. Back in 2003, He almost did it single handedly for us, but for the last match against Aussies. I am mentioning this, as the critics can get back at Sachin only at this point.

  • POSTED BY Ankur1974 on | February 25, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    No one in a commentary will now say that Sachin is "Arguably" The best batsmen in the world

  • POSTED BY Jabberwoc on | February 25, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Iyer - below - has clearly registered himself as a casteist, a bigot and an unadulterated idiot. Tendulkar's magnificent career has been marked by sportsmanship and being an upstanding human being. If anyone can take the shine off Tendulkar's performance and career, it is 'fans' like these, who know nothing of these things.

  • POSTED BY Ankur1974 on | February 25, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    No one in a commentary will now say that Sachin is "Arguably" The best batsmen in the world

  • POSTED BY FazlaAshique on | February 25, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Without any apprehensions, he can be termed as 'Guru of possibles'.

  • POSTED BY Chrishan on | February 25, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Why are people thinking that Sachin broke Anwar's record? He broke Coventry's record. Are they ashamed to admit that a Zimbabwean broke Anwar's record or is it simply ignorance! Yes some of you may argue that Coventry tied with Anwar, but Coventry remained not out, thus putting him as the record holder.

  • POSTED BY REYHHH on | February 25, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Well a batsman like Tendulkar almost retiring in this age from International cricket, 200 in an ODI is special. He deserves it, Hats off to the master blaster Tendulkar..

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    this is for all those who cant bear or digest this outstanding performance by the great great sachin.....how may reasons one should take to admit that the master blaster is simply the best.... how troubling that would be to play on behalf of the billions and trillions of fans and the most important is cheering them up by giving variety of reasons to cheer up...after all he has proved himself that sachin is the only many of records and god of cricket.....well done sachin, at least i salute u..may u go ahead.....

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    Ninad There is one more player you can compaire with little mastro Sachin for humble attitude and clean immage,its Roger Fedrer. Am I right? But this is also a fact the great people are great because they are uncompairable.

  • POSTED BY anil80 on | February 25, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    Sachin is God even if cricket is not a religion. Ponting is no where close to Sachin.

  • POSTED BY rustin on | February 25, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    Oh and after reading some more idiotic comments, I have to say Go and actually watch the innings. What on earth is this talk about being influenced by T20 style? Who are you talking about? Tendulkar?

  • POSTED BY BillyBlue on | February 25, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    What is with non sub-continental (SC), fans especially AUZ fans these day? Records only mean something if scored or achieved by AUZ/ENG/SA teams/players? SC achievements are always discounted/devalued. Not only ignorant fans but even current/retired players/commentators from these countries have started undermining SC achievements. Has anyone has noticed a sour grapes pattern over the last decade since the rise of SC teams as serious contenders to AUZ, SA & ENG? SC bashing has become a fashion. Players/commentators discount/undermine achievements of SC greats like Sachin, Murli, Wasim & Waqar w/o justification or proof. The last 3 were blatantly accused of cheating. Nobody questions AUZ greats Giltcrich (holding a racquet ball inside glove in a WC match), Warne (drugs & match fixing), Chappells (underarm bowling, aluminum bat), Auz team (Excessive appealing/sledging, cheating), Rebel tours supporting outright racism in SA. Is no one else noticing this dangerous/divisive trend?

  • POSTED BY rustin on | February 25, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    Okay I am really tired of hearing Dhoni's criticism. Sachin himself refused the strike on numerous occasions. He was totally cramped up and was in a way relaxed by the big hitting at the other end. Getting the team a big score was left to dhoni and Sachin was left to the double.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    If Cricket is an Religion, then Sachin is the God......he is keep on performing all the time, young lads you have a guru infront of you, Just keep inspired and refreshed everytime by looking at him. You really made our day, and we will not forget this sweet memory..... Thanks for the fest sach.

  • POSTED BY Rony312 on | February 25, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    I wonder if the jury who decided on the batsman of the decade want to rethink their decision now ! Gods and Mortals are outright different ........

  • POSTED BY MiddleStump on | February 25, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Congrats Sachin! You are the best batsman I have seen from Sobers onwards. May we be blessed to watch you play for a few more years. I feel for the pounding that your body has taken over two decades with the high number of surgeries and comebacks. My only regret is that due to all those injuries you had to give up your bowling. We shall never know how great you would have been had your body been as healthy as others.

  • POSTED BY sabchi on | February 25, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Hats of to Sachin, Even Bradman had a two deacde career, but the pressure and the frequency of matches were less those days.

  • POSTED BY Aman07 on | February 25, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    @D.T Edwin: I agree with everyone that yesterday's innings was truly magical.. however, i disagree on the part that dhoni was responsible for sachin not scoring more.. as you said correctly, sachin has always been a team player, and in that context, im sure even he would have wanted dhoni to have most of the strike in the final overs. He had played for almost 3 1/2 hours and was evidently tired.. please bear in mind that it was dhoni's cameo that took india past 400.... Once again, please dont get me wrong, Sachin is GOD... n my favourite player..

  • POSTED BY cgkirtikar on | February 25, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Sporting achievments in a hero starved nation will typically always be over hyped and talked about. However here is one rare hero, who has consistently raised the bar, not only of individual distinction through his magic wand of a bat and sheer child like enthusiasm for the game, but also for the way he carries himself off the field as a true beacon of Indianism. There was a sense of tension in the air as Sachin crossed the 194 mark, but there was a strange sense of relaxed attitude watching him totally focussed even beyond that point. The 200 was made to look like a mere formality. That is the genius of a master like him. He made batting look simple as her for two decades now. My heart goes out to the future no. 4 for India in test matched, who will always be compared albeit unfairly to the unreachable heights that this Maestro has taken the game. As one of Sachin's keenest followers, I salute the demi god of cricket ! He deserves every single fan he has made over the decades.

  • POSTED BY sherishahmir on | February 25, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    Hats off to sachin for his brilliant inning, breaking the world record and achieving the landmark of being first batsman in history, who scored 200 runs in ODI. Comments by some mates about previous record of Saeed Anwar of 194 runs which stood over one & half decade and made against India and comparison of sachin historic inning with saeed is totally unrealistic and unfair, rather to make such absurd comparison, we should applaud sachin for his marvelous achievement and keep in mind that records are always meant to be broken.

  • POSTED BY morerajdeep on | February 25, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    Hey i agree with u guys ... sachin scored 200 out of his 200 on his own .. while anwar scored 127 out of his 194 with afridi's help ... at the end afridi almost needed a runner !!! by the way i would like to say one more thing here .. Ian Chappel was the first one to criticise sachin after the 2007 50 over world cup debacle in the west indies .... It was right here on cricinfo ....So i think he owes it to sachin nd his fans like us nd to the cricketing community to come out nd take back his words ...or atleast be gracious enough to congratulate him ... Its very easy to criticise but difficult to eat your own words ... pls guys let me know if he has written an article on sachin about his 200* .... If ian chappel looked in the mirror today nd asked ' " Who is/was the best batsman in the world , ever ?" ... He would get the right answer !!!!

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | February 25, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    I m a massive massive sachin fan. I admire him not only for all his supreme talent but for being a great and humble human being. But mark my words with exposure of T20, small grounds, big bats, flat pitches this record wont b standing as long as saeed anwars. Very soon someone from top of the order will break the record on subcontinent pitches. Veeru and dilshan and prime contenders. I just hope like sachin tht someone from india goes on to break it.

  • POSTED BY Hoshearpuri on | February 25, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    Firstly what an innings i am priviliged to have seen Sachin bat yesterday and it was simply breathtaking. Now please stop this comparision with anwar or anyone else i was privliged to see that as well and now this, let cricket remain away from nationalistic sentiments I am a Pakistani and love my country but that does not stop me from appreciating the greatnes that is Sachin Tendulkar. It is not fair to compare any of the greats amongst themselves simply because their will never be a conclusive argument lets all talk about sachin and his innings and the sheer delight that came with watching him bat, wish i can see him play in Pakistan once before he decides to call it a day!!!!!

  • POSTED BY khurdum on | February 25, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Shachin's success of scoring 200 in ODI ( playing 147 balls-hitting 25 boundaries and 3 over boundaries ) deserve commendations from all walks of life connected with cricket at home and abroad. But he is not the player only to send balls out side the boundary line with his powerful bat-his humanitarian gestures are remarkably prominent for his opponent in the field. Yesterday, Langervalt was struck by the ball he wanted to stop and he was bleeding from the wound. It was terrible for him. It was terrible for Shachin also. His face was showing deep concern for Langervalt as if he himself was struck by the ball. His sympathy towards the opponent is unique and not unusual for a player of best caliber with the bat and heart. I have seen players giving sarcastic smile ( Pakistani's) under similar situations. Shachin's ball didn't hit directly-it was a bounce from the ground-yet he felt sorry and showed his sympathy for his competitor. Let this greatness be with him to repeat history itself.

  • POSTED BY venkat48 on | February 25, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    It's great to watch Sachin play such a stupendous innings. I have started listening and watching Cricket for the last 35 years in my life. I have heard and watched so many greatest innings by our own greats like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and others, but none match the innings of our Bhagavan Sachin yesterday against formidable South Africa at Gwalior. No body in future can repeat this type of innings. Hats Off to our Great Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY Mandrake21 on | February 25, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    From 1989 to 2010, almost every time he walked to the crease, a 1.1 billion population stopped breathing. Their desires, demands and all other concepts of economics started and ended with his stay at the wicket. His 200 not out reflects his passion towards the game of cricket. Keep it up MASTER, SIR, GOD SACHIN TENDULKAR!!!

  • POSTED BY Daffyduc63 on | February 25, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    Well done Sachin.....You're a batting genius & You truly deserve to be the 1st one to reach 200 in ODIs. I envy all the fans who got to watch Your brilliance live. I was following the match on Cricinfo while at work, and when I got back home You had already achieved the milestone, but was so damn proud as one of the over billion Indians of Your achievement. We all hope to see You entertaining us for a long time.

  • POSTED BY Prakhs on | February 25, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    In 2004, India vs Australia.. Brad Hogg took Sachin's wicket. At the end of the match, Hogg gave the ball to Sachin for an autograph. Sachin puts his sign on the ball with a beautiful note: "It will never happen again". Till now Hogg could not take his wicket for the second time. Dats confidence, proved once again today by scoring 200 in ODI's. HATS OFF SIR!!!!

  • POSTED BY KoushikMamillapalli on | February 25, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    You r Rocking Sachin.Hats Off to your Fitness.Your Service to Indian Team is Unforgettable by Indians.This is enough for the Indian Cricket fans from a Cricketer like You.

  • POSTED BY Kuldeepsingh on | February 25, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Now there is no doubt left that he is the best of the best crickters. He was born to play cricket and making records as high as Himaliya. kuldeep sing www.textnsms.com

  • POSTED BY Prakhs on | February 25, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    There was a placard on a street of Australia when the last time Sachin Tendulkar visited the country saying, "Commit a crime when Sachin is batting because there is a possibility that God must also be watching him play". Indeed there is this person who can even make the almighhty admire his talent. God, what will happen when he will exit from the scene, m sure most of the cricket lovers will loose interest in cricket and switch to other games. Bang on!!! there is an opportunity for other games as well in our country, guys be ready, start preparing.

  • POSTED BY Rdprasad on | February 25, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    Remu from China, SRT you are truly great and greatness only come 2 great people. To negative comments and hatred - pls keep it out of sports .....SRT, we love you, a role model and a true spirited sportman of our time.

  • POSTED BY cjscanada on | February 25, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    Enjoy the entertainment, cherish the moment. Give credit where it is due and please refrain from the term "God" in application to human being. People who are obsessed usually relate in passing errant judgement and extreme praise and criticism. "West Australian" get a grip of yourself. Do you know what is ridiculous? Australia crashing for 70 against the Kiwis in 1986 and that too in your backyard at Adelaide against a score of 276. By the way do not know what your comments imply! Ian Chappel in my opinion is a fair corresspondent. If it was not for his insight, Sehwag would have been lost. Tendulkar, your attitude and humility in addition to your abundant talent is what differs you from the rest of the best. Love watching you play. Charles

  • POSTED BY BilgramiH on | February 25, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    I think no one else deserved it more than the great Sachin Tendulkar, scoring 200 in any format is a big deal and it was a 200 at an excellent strike rate. Whoever reaches this is truly a legend.

    It also feels very nice that the record still remains with an Asian legend and accomplishing this in his home country in front of the diehard fans, multiplies the joy.

    It took 12 years to equal the record of Saeed Anwar and 13 to break it, it seems it might take 26 years to break the 200 barrier set by Tendulkar.

    I wish Tendulkar many more double tons in one-days and test matches.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    It is amazing that only one man can make the entire nation of more than 100 crores of population feel happy & proud with his classy act. It was the gem of an innings and no doubt about it that in modern cricket only Sachin can do this. We would love to see many more of this in near future.

  • POSTED BY knowledge_eater on | February 25, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Sometimes, i hope we can know home address of user ID. Then, right now i will go to their houses with whole music band, and do happy dance. Right in front of them, and capture their image/video, and see it again and again. Hahahaha. Sachin have indirectly given ulcers to lot of cricket fans, mostly for speaking against him.

  • POSTED BY ffffffffffffffffffff on | February 25, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    This is absolute sensational that Sachin Tendulkar have become the first to reach the 200 landmark in the history of One Day International Cricket. Sachin Tendulkar have broken the record of Saeed Anwar of 194 Runs after 13 years. This is truly Wonderful! Asim Farooq.

  • POSTED BY Parth_Pala on | February 25, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    For those people who are disregarding Sachins achievement i.e the none Indians, why aren't your players scoring these big centuries its not like India plays on a different pitch. So if Sachin is mediocre your players are absolutely pathetic in that instance. Regardless just earlier in 2009 on a seaming NZ wicket he scored 169 more than any batsmen currently still active. I would take Sachin the greatest or mediocre either way your batsmen are still not better than him. Anyways as for those raving for Anwar he scorex most of his runs with a runner , Sachin actually scored his runs with his own will power shows true character something which can't be said about Anwar. The better part is his comparison with Ponting in tests will soon be history in recent times he's gone already 8 centuries ahead and will probably end up averaging more than him by the end of his career. Regardless in ODI's there will never be a greater player.

  • POSTED BY Marktc on | February 25, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Sachin is a sensation. His title of being a legend is well deserved. The blessing about this amazing innings as well, is that it has captured the headlines, and in doing so, has taken a bit of focus off the total failure by SA to even compete in the match.

    What makes him more amazing, is he seems so humble and is never short of giving praise to other people.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    A lot of people have said a lot about Sach throughout his career, but he never responded by lashes out angrily.He always let his bat does the talking.World cup 2003 is the best example that comes to mind where despite initial failures of Team India and a huge media cry back home made him even more stronger and he single handedly took india to WC final. Yes, he is unlucky on a few occasions for which he is always criticised(v Pak @ chennai, v Aus @ Hyd or WC Final), but he is a big match player...and he always played for his country and never for records...and now he is showing his class and determination....hats of to you...take a bow the litte master...truly majestic...and we all are very lucky to be born in the era of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Let people critise him for unworthy reasons, but no one can be more perfect than this man...not even Ponting or Lara or whoever.

  • POSTED BY srini3007 on | February 25, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Sachin is and will always be the best not only just cricket but any sport I am not saying this bcause I am an Indian and love cricket, but bcause v hv seen somany gr8s all sports who may be greate players but when it came to their behaviour you cant really say they r role models. but with Sachin!!! all the critics X your heart n answer yourselves if you can come across any other sports person with such humbleness, dignity and behaviour inspite of somuch success. All of us agree that he is given GOD like status in India but still he has always remained so humble. Abt records, in 1 year he had almost reached 200 twice barring that 186 in Hyd, 163 not out and retired keeping Teams interest in mind in the early 40 overs stage n tht 175, had it not bn for the team's cause to increase the runrate he wouldnt hv got out trying to hit that shot rather than taking 1. For him records donot matter anymore with every record blong to him but his love for the game keeps him going GOOD BLESS HIM.

  • POSTED BY binkaf on | February 25, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    Congratulations 4 a fully deserving innings by Master batsman himself! When he had almost all the ODI batting record how come it would stay far, it didn't and it as expected fall to him. I am not an avid Sachin or Indian Cricket Team fan, but the talent is always there to admired and I salute this awesome, ever-memorable innings by the greatest ever ODI batsman, I repeat Greatest Ever ODI Batsman, I can't say the same for Tendulkar in TEST Match Cricket though. With this record the bowlers' life is sure to go even worse with the batting friendly pitches, rules and even crowd. One more thing Yes Sachin has done something supreb, very very special innings but it's not impossible n anybody will reach there; from the moment he scored it, it is under serious threat given batsmen throwing their bat after any delivery. One more reason behind by ths logic may be ODI cricket say 200 individual score in mere 40 years, while it took over 100 years for TEST cricket to see anyone reaching 400!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    It was a grt acheivement,and the fact that it was an amost flawless innings against a very gud bowling attack makes it special.But Iam dissapointed at reading sum of d comments,one gentleman said dat Karthik was selfish in a match denying century to Sachin and similarily Dhoni,that so far frm d truth.What Karthik was did was unintentional,Karhtik is an a unslefish and lively guy,who is very popular in d team.Plz dnt take dat news report as a refernce,we all knw the standard of news reporting in this country.And Dhoni was taking mst of d strike becz Sachin was very tired,he was nt in a positin to get 20 runs mre as sumone suggested,thats y sachin refused a single afer he gt to 200.Sachin is a grt team man and he has said many tyms dat he loves playing under dhoni as captain and gary as d coach.so cum on guys we shud also get inspired frm Sachin the person,and nt think or coment like dis,and dnt compare wid Anwar.Wat anwar did was spl too

  • POSTED BY KiranU on | February 25, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    It was the most fabulous knocks ever witnessed....Its high time we conferred the title "SIR" to Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar for his outstanding performance in both forms of the game...We love you

  • POSTED BY Rahul88ravi on | February 25, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Nobody noticed one noticed about another record. Sachin also passed 31 K when he was at 145. He also scored an overall average 49 in international cricket and he is averaging more than 45 in ODI'S

  • POSTED BY NB72 on | February 25, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Congratulations Sachin. Like I told a fellow cricket lover yesterday, couldn't have expected a better script in the game yesterday. Sachin scoring 200 has been one of my most anticipated cricket fantasies...

  • POSTED BY Bollo on | February 25, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    Brilliant innings, great man, astonishing career,but come on people, Sachin is neither God nor The Don. wmchamps wants to see Sachin break `Bradman`s record` next. Which record would that be? his average of 99.94 - by my calculations, Sachin needs a tick over 10,500 runs in his next innings to beat that. Or Bradman`s 12 scores over 200 in 52 tests (including 2 triples)? Sachin currently has 4 in 161 tests, no triples. And for Alok Panigrahy who doesn`t `think Bradman would have shown this kind of consistency over a period of 20 years`, I think you`ll find Bradman`s career spanned 1928-1948. In his last 3 series (5-test series at that) he averaged 97, 178 and 72, aged 38-40, and captain of course. How about a bit of perspective?

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    hats off master.. keep going. as u hv said u wish 2 play another 50 over innings.... well sach keep it in store 4 ur n our dream THE WORLD CUP 2011. hats off tendlya. we love you

  • POSTED BY NB72 on | February 25, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    I wonder why people add caveats stating Sachin will be great if this, Sachin will be immortal if that etc. If 20 years of genial batting and up-lifting the spirits of millions of fans are not enough, I strongly doubt if winning World Cup or hitting 400 or hitting 200 in bouncy pitches will convert such people. If you think what he has done till date is not enough, then your cricket religion is different from mine :)

    From a psychological angle, I have always wondered why even some knowledgeable cricket fans spew venom on Sachin. He is very humble, gives credit where due, avoids unnecessary controversies, has very pleasant body language and above all supremely gifted in his field. Why then the hatred? I'll probably never understand that.

  • POSTED BY chandau on | February 25, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    People be glad as cricket fans you have been able to watch two of the greatest during this era, Sachin Tendulkar & Muttiah Muralitharan. Both have career records that we may not see broken in our lifetimes. However please stop comparing Sachin with Sir Don and Murali with Warne. Its about apples and oranges :) Just enjoy it all while it lasts, for nothing lasts for ever and when they are gone you may be wondering where the hell was i when the gods were playing. cheers

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    @ DT_Edwin: It was a great innings by Dhoni & Co. The record breaking innings of Sachin in incomparable but at the same time unachievable if he had not had good partners. Its not right to comment on Dhoni for "not rotating the strike and selflishly hogging the last 5 overs himself". It not selfishness rather understanding and co-operating to the body conditions. Only a person on the field would know how it feels to stay for more than 200 minutes. You play for a nation, "Team India" and that was a true sportsmanship exhibited by both the batsman on the field.

  • POSTED BY gsmsundaram on | February 25, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    This is a moment I was waiting for a long long time. Class record by the fitting cricketer. Brain Lara is the highest run getter in Tests and Tendulkar in LOI. What a fitting record. This is one moment that Sehwag was anticipating for a long time but Little master stamped his name in history books with style. Kudos!!!!! Sachin for you marvellous effort and made all Cricket loving Indians to have something to cherish.

  • POSTED BY knowledge_eater on | February 25, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    that brings me to my memorable comments I made to Mr Peter's possession article: http://www.cricinfo.com/sachinat20/content/story/434360.html?comments=all#comments" I can't find words for this legend anymore (atleast not today) but here is what i stated in the article. Truly an inspiration Sachin has been. I am not cricketer. But i am applying his cric-love in to my own carrier love" Do hard work+ Do what you love+ Do respectfully and Gracefully. " Please people no spamming as people did it in Mr. Peter's article. Btw. Mr. Gavaskar wants him to hit 250 and 450 and win a WC. How much can you ask from this guy ? People have never stop and he has never stop giving back. Great thing is, he is still so humble (like D-wall is as well). He the 3 era greats started with likes of Gavaskar, played against likes of Lara and now showing likes of current generation .. like how its done. I think he is coaching young players, this how you do it. Period. I am overwhelmed. I am not asking for anything.

  • POSTED BY atulks1963 on | February 25, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    I was fortunate to see Sachin scoring from first run to 200. It was an absolutely flawless innings. It has been observed that he played airy shots while hitting bowlers for fours. But in this innings all the fours went along the carpet. Beside he achieving the highest score in ODI's I feel this one was the most technically correct display ever by him. It now seems Tendulkar himself can break his record.

    Atul, Mysore

  • POSTED BY Bollo on | February 25, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Come on guys, brilliant innings, astonishing career, but Sachin is not a god, nor The Don. For wmchamps who wants to see Sachin break `Bradman`s record`. Would that be Bradman`s world record average (99.94)? By my calculations, Tendulkar needs about 10,700 runs in his next innings to achieve that. Or Bradman`s 12 scores over 200 (including 2 triples) in 52 tests? Sachin currently has 4 (no triples) in 161 tests.

    Or for Alok Panigrahy who doesn`t `think Bradman would have shown this kind of consistency over a period of twenty years`, I think you`ll find Bradman`s career ran from 1928-1948, and in his last 3 series (5-test series at that), he averaged 97,178 and 72, aged 38, 39 and 40.

    Bit of perspective wouldn`t go astray at times people.

  • POSTED BY AJGWST on | February 25, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    I never Imagined that any one would be able to break this record, but when Sachin in good form anything is possible for him and now he has proved that

  • POSTED BY pg8873 on | February 25, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    I missed the live game, but saw all youtube clips and read almost all the articles. This is amazing !! I always say Sachin and me, both are 73 born. Keep it up. Fullfill your dream to win the WC. 24 Feb should be a international holiday in all cricket playing nation to celebrate cricket in Sachin's honor

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    Salutes Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar....Am speechless to say d least....Incredible is d word dat comes to mind......Flawless innings at its magestic best...Not a shot dat didn't came frm d middle of d bat,Not a single run dat came of an edge..Wat a masterclass frm him....Not only me whole of cricketing world sud stand up & applaud d gr8 man...Its been a privelege just watching a gem weaving magic in d cricketing field.. Hats of man u r a true Gem.....24/02/2010 will be etched in d memory of Indian cricket loving public as finally a legend turns GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thanx fr providing unprecedented pleasure fr d past 20 years &hope u carry on &on &on.....u made our day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Arbazfahad on | February 25, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    ALL.......HAIL SACHIN............INDIA........EMBRACE UR FAVOURITE SON.........GO ON MAAN...............WE WANT D WORLD CUP...............PRIVILIGED 2 WATCH SUCH A WONDERFUL INNINGS

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    May be whole India is flowing in the surge of joy for the mammoth achievement of Sachin Tendulkar. But the fact is not only the indians but also people from all over the world who are saporter or fan of Sachin are esctatic in this great achievement of sachin . I am a fan of Sachin Tendulkar from 1996 when I started to watch criket and I dreamt always that Sachin will make such record that no one is break easily. After the record of Saeed Anwar 194 ran I alway prayed that Sachin will break it. And at last my dream Sachin's all fan's dream come true. I am so happy for the achievement. I was in office and workin in my computer and after every minutes I watch the desktop scorecard and when sachin reach 124 at 33 overs I started to think if he can survive till 50 over he can reach at 200. Then I leave office and after reaching home I heard the news and I just became a child and I lift my hand to up and I jumped four or five time oh god oh god you at last complete it by the right person. wow

  • POSTED BY CricSoul on | February 25, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Cullinan now should stop comparing sachin with ponting

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    There are gods and there is Tendulkar. Commitment and perseverance is what needs to be replaced by Tendulism and Sachinism. I don't think even Sir Don Bradman would have shown this kind of consistency over a period of 20 years. Hats off to the MAESTRO of Cricket.

  • POSTED BY DT_Edwin on | February 25, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    For someone who has seen Sachin bat for 20+ years, this is not suprising, it is only over due. 200 in an ODI was always a dream for all the greats (richards, laras, anwars etc.,) of the past and in this era everybody is led by the media to look to the flamboyant new generation. But Yet it is the master who is rewriting the history books one record at a time. Team India has been sachin's priority, had it been anybody else we would seen a controversy on prime time in the news channels when D.Karthik spoiled sachin's hundred last time and even in this match for Dhoni not rotating the strike and selflishly hogging the last 5 overs himself. If Sachin who was at 191 at the end of 45 overs faced more than the 9 balls he faced in the last 5 overs he would have put the record beyond everybody. Even 10 extra balls would have fetched him 20 runs and 220* would have been almost impossible to break. He has promised another 50 over innings, I pray for it to comes at WC final.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    one of the gr8st innings that sachin played really he is a god....great commitment from the 36yr old/young player hats off to u tendulkar

  • POSTED BY aamamun1234 on | February 25, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Congrasulation's & Welldone.............

  • POSTED BY Dhitik on | February 25, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    @Iyer...u dont have to degrade anwar in order to praise sachin, hope u understand that.....

    as for sachin aka God, what can I, a mere mortal say...hats off....thy have converted an atheist..

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    Its great to watch Sachan scoring a double hundered..rather its an honor to eye witness such a batsman, about whom i think he is right there with Sir Don Bradman...but its sorry to hear disgraceful comments about anyother player..like Mr. Iyer wrote in his comments about Saeed Anwar...there should be a sportsmanship if you are commenting on sports...it would be great for Mr. Iyer to join and comment on politics. This is a game and there are so many great players who didnt get the deserving honor, like Sanjay Majrekar...i think Sanjay could have have achieved much more what he did when you compare his talent and he is still one of my favourites. any way...Lets talk about Tendulkar...as I see him an artist of the game...and the most deserving candidate of the next player to be honored with "SIR" next to his name.....SIR Sachan Ramesh Dendulkar...thats my dream..and it will come true..i know for sure.....

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | February 25, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    For people saying this is a flat wicket, consider this. South Africa struggled to get to half the score that too when the ground has a considerable amount of due and they got lots of freebie fultosses because of that. If not for the tail it would have been a lot more worse for South Africa. De Villers played a very good knock though and Langeveldt put up a brave performance despite of a stitches on his eye. On the whole a great game and I feel privileged to have been able to see it. And some one said warner will do it 20-20. Yeah Warner will do it in 34 balls

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    One can't really compare sports, but if you look at Sachin's domination of the sport, his technique, the 2 decades of play, the pressure from fans, his humble attitude and clean image...I don't think there is any other player in any other sport who can match up to him. He is a genuine inspiration not just for Indians but every other sportsman on the planet.

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | February 25, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Mr.Inam zia, 200* thats all, anwar's 194 is no more a record, try to digest it.I am not criticising Anwar, he was also a good player.but sachin is the best yaar, how can u compare a human (Anwar) with a god (Sachin)

  • POSTED BY prasanthgd on | February 25, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    To all those who say that it was flat pitch how SA ended up scoring only 248.may be it due to pressure i agree but still there were even more flat pitches even more weaker sides played against but no one was able to score 200.if u say it was scored in subcontinent then sachin already came to close to score 200 twice one was ten years back other was just 2 years back(163) in newzealand.

    now all those say anwar 194 is greater did anwar score 194 on his own.did he come to field again.did he score without a dropped chance(that too twice).NO IS THE ANSWER.i i didn't say that anwar 194 is not worth but still sachin 200 is beautiful to watch.whenever sachin comes to bat i start counting for his hundred frm run1.

    when i called my hostel friends to inform that sachin reached 200 everyone started telling me about sachin 200 before me.every corner of my city spoke about sachin 200.wat a man he sidelined the railway budjet and indopak talks.hats off sachin,we love you.

  • POSTED BY Rastus on | February 25, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    Simply amazing. It was good to see Dhoni take away the pressure of scoring quick runs at the end of the game and allow Sachin to edge towards the 200 - Superb.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    great going sachin....................................................................................

  • POSTED BY Sampath_KCS on | February 25, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    No one deserves this than Tendulkar , the Best Batsman on the planet, the Prince of Cricket & the Greatest Human Being the game as ever produced. I've watched live Anwer passing 190 in India, Ganguly passing 190 in England, & Jaysuriya scoring 189 in Sharjah. But was very unlucky & could not witness this inning live. His 20 years of Excellence has been an unfinished symphony, a legacy that will be remembered for another 100 years.All the Best Master.

  • POSTED BY Situtata on | February 25, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    Satchin Tendulkar is god's great gift to India in particular & cricket fraternity all over the world

  • POSTED BY ajayr91 on | February 25, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    What can I say!!!! Tendulkar is the GOD of cricket...he has opened up a new religion for us to follow... it seems like he is breaking record every match........if anyone deserved this record it should be none other than Sachin....his strokes are classy and completely flawless...and it would take an era for us to see one more player like him.....

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Sachin Tendulka: he has shown us the sky is his limit

  • POSTED BY wmchamps on | February 25, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Simply great from Tendulkar. Saeed Anwar's knock was great too but Tendulkar took it to another level. 200 not out aainst South Africa!!! Still hard to believe! Oh I wish I could have seen this live!!! But its great to live in a time of record breakers. I hope Sir Don Bradman's record also is broken!!!

  • POSTED BY KVAM on | February 25, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Arjun - Let me congratulate all the Indians for this fantastic feat by the one and only SACHIN TENDULKAR. Now lets all hope to see the next miracle to happen, "THE CENTURY OF CENTURIES". Its not far away. Good luck SACHIN, we are all behind you, and thanks for dedicating this hundred to us. I think Imam Zia has forgotten Jayasurya from his list of 150+, he had 4 of those, then comes Lara and Richards.

  • POSTED BY Iyer on | February 25, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    Thank allah finally an undeserving Pakistani (saeed anwar) is out of record books. I will not bring disrepute to this innings or to the living legend by comparing this innings to Saeed Anwar's - 2 chance - with a byrunner innings against inept bowling. All Indians should celebrate this record as it is very special. What better birthday gift can Jayalalitha could have hoped for! This record deserves to be in the name of Kapil Dev, Richards and Sachin now. May be later to be broken by any non-pakistani player. Although I am an Iyer if I were to fall on any human's feet apart from my parents, it would be your feet! Hats off dude.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    This man is an ICON, not just for india because hes a GOD there but an ICON for international sports. the way he keeps coming and coming at you is unbelievable. I grew up watching him, and I still hate to see him get out because it kills my hopes of seeing a great innings once again. For ppl that say this was a flat track and small ground well theres been lots of times of flat tracks, mediocre bowling attacks why din anyone get there, its simple, you need the class and patient to play this long in one day cricket. and Once again it shows T20 is for hitters not classy acts like Tendulkar & lara. TO the superman himself hats off SACHIN RAMESH TENDULAR. Hope i get to see you live one day

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | February 25, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    @Saurabh mishra, very well said my friend, the men capable of beating this record are Viru or our master himself.

  • POSTED BY Khan_kha_Pakistan77 on | February 25, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Well Don!!! marvelous!! I congratulate all indians for this achievement!!! and I'm happy as the man did it extremly deserved this.......... I also appreciate the decency of Tendulkar as he is the No. 1 cricketer in the world having a possitive nature, attitude (which is an intensive judgement rating a player) ever I have seen him through out his time, specifically having negative attitude of some indian cricketers in 90's decade but after Dhoni took over the team got much deciplined...still Yuvraj needs to learn a lot from Tendulkar and Dhoni.

    best,...

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    CONGRATES SACHIN..TRULY A LEGEND..GOD OF ODI CRICKET.. TUSSI GREAT HO..TOHFU KABUL KARO..........

  • POSTED BY Chrishan on | February 25, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    Sachin really deserved the record. At 36 years to smash 200* in the 50 over format is no easy task. Dead wicket or not, you still have to get the runs. There have been many dead wicket matches where both teams have got tons of runs but yet no one could achieve this. Perhaps Sachin is special. However, I disagree with visitswaps, the other guy who could have possible gotten to this was not Lara or Richards, but Sanath Jayasuriya. Yes, his average is nothing to write home about but he has four 150+ scores, 2 of which come against India.

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | February 25, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Congrats to the world's best sportsman on his latest achievement. More than the number of runs scored and the feat achieved and more than the determination in those eyes, it was the incomparable level of fitness which was on display this time throughout his innings! Not seen any other sportsman like Sachin taken the number of years he served.

  • POSTED BY sabirshah on | February 25, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    Well done Tendulkar, well done...All those who think Tendulkar is the first one to acheive this milestone are just ignorant and discriminants. Why do you forget Women's Cricket??? ICC has been doing a lot of efforts to improve this game among women! And one shouldnt' forget BJ CLark's innings against Denmark in Mumbai in 1997/98 where she scored 229* on just 155balls scoring 22 4s, that means she scored 88 runs from boundaries, and rest of the scores she ran for!... can we say she's better than Saeed anwar and Tendulkar? coz someone was saying, Saeed askedfor a runner and Tendulkar didn't... now compare these great players with BJ CLark ... u'd say we can't do it...coz they are not the same type...so thats what my answer is as well... We can't compare Apples with Mangoes! We can't say Apples are good so Mangoes are bad! thats not the logic. All 34 innings by highest scorers(Clark,Anwar,(dannish)Tendulkar)are master piece of their own!Pak India Freindship longlive

  • POSTED BY SRanga on | February 25, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    200 runs... not out... in one day cricket... 25 boundaries in a single innings... Little master is creating world records... one after the other. Sachin is truly a gifted cricketer and we Indians should feel proud of him. He will remain the cricket icon for decades...

  • POSTED BY benny_jhabua on | February 25, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    what to say man!!!..really proud to witness and be in the era of sachin...HATS OFF Sach!! tussi greatt ho yar!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    There were tears of happiness rolling in my eyes.....As I saw my favourite batsmen Playing a GR8 knock! Jai ho Sachin!

  • POSTED BY baldeepak82 on | February 25, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    One would say GOD has all the powers to do anything...& that he decided to break the 200 run mark yesterday....its just that...We are happy & lucky to witness these wonders in our lifetime. On behalf of all the proud Indian Fans, Will pray for long & healthy life for our little Master....

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    Mr Saurabh Mishra --- I am in line with you..... we have been fortunate to witness greatest players of our decade ( Federer, Sachin, Schumacher, Woods ) these players changed the way their game is played I dont take anything from their personal life I dont care anything if they are dominating game as they are doing Hats off to Sachin .

    On Personal note how they carry themself in public I always rate sachin is the best and very closely Federer............ I Love all these players,, Thanks god I born during their era Thanks GOD

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    I don;t have words to express my gratitide to Tendulkar who stands a role model for genre of all ages. Your achievements aspire us to work more.

  • POSTED BY T31932 on | February 25, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    This is coming from a Pakistani fan...GREAT INNINGS...i never wanted Saeed Anwar's record to be broken...and thought that if someone could do it..it would be either Afridi OR Sehwag (THE ONLY INDIAN PLAYER I CHEER FOR)...and even though I have always recognized Tendulkar's skill, I always find out ways to criticize him...2day he shut me up and prlly a whole lot of others...To those people who are arguing Saeed Anwar's innings was better...please stop hating...this is why Pak/India keep having conflicts bcuz we never appreciate when the other does something extraordinary. Both the innings were amazing. Learn to appreciate art. Good Job by Sachin now I wait for AFRIDI, SEHWAG OR UMAR AKMAL to break the record.

  • POSTED BY MalikNadeemAwan on | February 25, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    I really congratulate the great little master what he has achieved yesterday and what he has served the world of circket for a long period of time. and there are few comments about the great Saeed Anwar's 194 and Sachin's 200. But as sachin said that records are made to be broken but u cant say that anwar was not a good player. He was great and he told the world that how to use the first 15 overs at that time. now a days there are 20 overs of powerplay. but really good knock by Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY Sankar75 on | February 25, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Yes, the young master proved it once again, i predicted well in advance while seeing the flow of the bat and the timing ; it would be the best day for sachin and he would reach double ton and it happened; after braking the record in 46.2 overs he left it to Dhoni to go for big shots and allowing him to play like anything; hats of to you sachin and in this world no one will think like this and a big bow for you the legendary.

    My heartiest wish to you and i expect you to score 2.5 ton in the coming world cup against aussies.

    That would be the another day for you again.

    with lots of love on you and on cricket

    this is Sankaranarayanan Coimbatore

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    no words to explain....... still 16..... evergreen tendulkar.......

  • POSTED BY ratnakar.chetan on | February 25, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    Spectacular.. Amazed with way Sachin carried his bat through the inning... It was little disappointing to read some of the comments where Sachin's marvelous knock was compared other stalwarts... Ii remember, Saeed bhai's innings was applauded by sporting Chennai crowd in 1997. Why, people do not just enjoy the beauty of such a historic knock?? i read one comment where writer in anxious to see double ton outside of sub continent... well, personally i feel it will be difficult to reproduce such a flawless splendid double ton from anyone within subcontinent again ( I guess, it will be difficult on the flatter track than yesterday)

  • POSTED BY va_jatt on | February 25, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    u r so rite aobut this VISITSWAPS..but u miss one main point.... at age of 36year and 300 some days no one will b able to break this record...i guess its gonna b sachin again who will beat his own score..he is just too good.... hats off to him... legend...

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    DS is wat a gret player can do at all z time...... U provd u r d god of indian cricket man!!!!!!!!!!! hanz off for ur bravo innings.... Gotta die to see u alwz performin so n may god alwz be wid u....

  • POSTED BY cskp on | February 25, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    I think its now safe to say, he is no longer the "Little Master". (even though he still is small in size). He should be simply called "THE GRAND MASTER of CRICKET".

  • POSTED BY Bang_La on | February 25, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    A great reacord in the hands of the greatest cricketer of all times. Congratulations, SACHINA!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    Congratulations to Sachin! One of the greatest knocks of all-time from one of the greatest batsmen of all time. It's a remarkable achievement. Though, he technically isn't the first player to score a double century in a One-Day International... http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/67194.html

  • POSTED BY ATIULLAH on | February 25, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    only sachin deserves this record...... now it doesnt matter that he broke anwar record in the process,and i think anwar also have wished sachin to break his record... records come and go but the greatness of sachin is here to stay..

  • POSTED BY Jay_Sean on | February 25, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    SACHIN SACHIN SACHIN....................................................YEPPIE MASTER SHOWED WORLD AGAIN WHY HE IS GOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WITH LOVE...........SAI..........USA... :))))

  • POSTED BY nickvegas on | February 25, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    It is a pity that for all of Tendulkar's runs and hundreds, he has not yet added a world cup to his resume. I guess next year is his last chance. All the great batsmen have scored a hundred in a world cup final, Richards, Lloyd, Aravinda de Silva, Ponting and Gilchrist. Other greats have made significant contributions as well, but Tendulkar has always failed in this regard. It's one thing to thrash out a double hundred in a meaningless match on an easy pitch. It's altogether another ballgame to do under immense pressure when it really counts.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    I know the statement of Saeed Anwar's because the captain need very big innings from him, but he was not in that mood to play the long innings, he just went to sparkling because he got high temperature fever on that time. He wantedly to become out at starting because his health didn't permit him to play. But yet another super human effort after 120 the three sixes from Anil Kumble's ball kept him thinking that he can achieve the marvelous record. Though Sachin can play every innings special and important role in that, his records are mostly from 1 down play innings. Congrats saching

  • POSTED BY aish616 on | February 25, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    @ Everyone not happy with Dhoni He did that because Sachin had cramps :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    Well.........That was surely an innings of life time to remember. Sachin is best and no one should argue on that. Records speaks more than Sachin. To the arguments over flatter pitch, 400+ runs, subcontinent, etc., why not any of players could achieve this feat on similar grounds even against weak opponents? High scores were made by SA and AUS (430+) without subcontinent pitches but still no one could reach this landmark figure....And no point in comparing with Saeed. As someone has written, the records speaks themselves. Some group of people obviously would not like that Saeed's record was broken and try to justify that his innings was better, but everyone who knows cricket, would know, which was the better innings. SACHIN.......WE WANT TO SEE MORE OFTEN THIS.....AND HOPE AND PRAY TO GOD THAT YOU SET THE LANDMARK FOR TESTS ALSO (MAX RUNS IN AN INNINGS) AND ALSO YOUR WISH COME TRUE TO WIN WORLD CUP FOR INDIA.

  • POSTED BY sanghvir on | February 25, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    Hey can any one Please tell me when did Hayden score 400 in test match as mentioned by Mr. Inam Zia in the comments. I can see cricinfo showing 380 against Haydos. So may cricinfo got it wrong. ;)

  • POSTED BY South_Indian on | February 25, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    Jayasuriya missed it long time ago! I do remember a match in Sharjah where he got out on 189 with 2 overs to spare! I thought he is gonna reach 200 with a couple of smacks for sixes, but unfortunately got out. That match would be remembered for India being thrashed by 245 runs, 11 Indian batsmen combined to score just 54, ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    Amazing!!! Took 40 years for this record - wonder how long for the next 200 either from Sachin or anyone else?

  • POSTED BY AMRUTH on | February 25, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    Coming back to the unnecessary comparison of Saeed Anwar with Tendulkar by Inam Zia. With a runner maybe Tendulkar would have scored 250+. Learn to digest something that is GOOD.

    SACHIN (WAS) THE BEST IS THE BEST AND WILL ALWAYS REMAIN THE BEST FOREVER...NO COMPARISON WHATSOEVER...

  • POSTED BY kathiravan_petro on | February 25, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    What else to say Sachi.... you're masterclass even at its best, we need you to make score a ton of tons and a 400 in test... we indians are all proud of it ... and the record (200) itself will be proud as this was touched by a great man who toiled hard for the country to achieve the unbelievable ... truly youre a genius ...

  • POSTED BY DanishAnwar on | February 25, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    There is no doubt that Sachin is a better batsman than probably anyone else we've seen atleast in the recent past atleast. And him not getting the record earlier was sheer bad luck. Although being a bowler myself I am disgusted with bowlers being treated as second class citizens in the limited over format and you maybe a class bowler but with flat pitches, small grounds and heavy bats, you may disappear for 20 plus runs in an over more often than not. With a little luck, any big hitter or a slogger even can pass a 100 in this format so the dignity of Cricket is hurt. To me a century scored in 200 plus balls on a green top betters a double century scored on a flat one any day of the week. Still, taking no Credit away from Sachin. He makes batting look ridiculously easy and like all the other records, he deserved this one too. And please cut out that 'he is god' rubbish lol. Let a Human being stay a human being.

  • POSTED BY kriskini on | February 25, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    Its a shame to see that critics still have something to say. His innings was chance less(no catches dropped). Sachin will turn 37 this year and none of the much youger South African bowler could contain him. It may be a flat track and a shorter ground. In that case how come South Africa could not chase this against a ordinary Indian bowling.

  • POSTED BY idhant on | February 25, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    To All my friends, who r criticising SRT.

    1. It is a first double century scored by SRT in history of ODI. 2. Anwar hadn't score a double century..just 194... 3. There is a Zimbabweian guy CK Coventry who has scored just 194.. you don't talk about this record...i.e. without extra legs....why? 4. Agreed that Indian Pichtes are slow .. blablabla ... then why Mark Waugh, Hyden didn't complete 200 on thier own pichtes..they were "use to" of the pithces.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    I wonder if Ian Chappell would be thinking, "Mirror Mirror on the Wall, am I a bad judge after all?" And the answer would be "Yes"

    http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/content/current/story/287961.html

  • POSTED BY kriskini on | February 25, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    What a great innings from Sachin. But I feel sorry that critics still find something to say. His innings was against South Africa and it was a flawless innings. Not even one catch was dropped. And he will turn 37 this year still could challenge the much younger South African bowling. It may be a flat track and a short ground. But in that case Soth Afirca should have chased easily against a oridinary Indian bowling.

  • POSTED BY Bollo on | February 25, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    Even for diehard Sachin fans, those 100 international centuries must have seemed a fair way off just a couple of weeks ago. Ponting was edging closer in test centuries, maybe Sachin was running out of time? Suddenly he scores 4 centuries in 4 tests, and an incredible 200 here. At this rate he`ll be there before Christmas. Remarkable performance by the Little Master.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    @AliOnline If this was such a placid pitch, why would SA batsmen all struggle so much? IF it was not for the dew, Indian bowlers could have cleaned up the job under 175. You said you would like to see in Eng/SA. In fact, history has shown them to have a lot of high-scoring matches. Eng pitches can be so batting friendly that even Ajit Agarkar (who has some notorious batting records) has scored a century at Lords. Ganguly, Kapil and others have scored 175+ there long before there was T20. And SA was the host of 870 runs in a single match.

  • POSTED BY Nerk on | February 25, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    what took him so long? Sachin is certainly one of the greatest of all time amongst all sports and I don't think anyone else deserves this record as much as him. Well done.

  • POSTED BY vswami on | February 25, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    So called flat tracks are flat for both teams. The average first innings score on this ground was 250 before this match and SA barely reached 250. You need a good spinner in India and SA dont have it and they are paying the price. India just played exceptionally well on the day. 200 could have been broken many times in the past if a batsmen had managed to stay the 50 overs. Its not so easy to play in so many gears throughout the innings and bat all 50 overs. Sachin has managed that and done what he has been threatening to do so many times in the past. I thought he was going to break the barrier in Christchurch last year.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 2:07 GMT

    firstly, I would like to bow my head to Sachin's feet .... He really is a god. true to the name given to him as god of cricket and he has proved this again. another feat thats waiting for him now his 100 centuries to his name, as i remember this was said by Sir Don Bradman that Sachin would get this. Go ahead Sachin, GO ..GO... You are the one to do all those almost unachievable feat in cricket and not anyone else......

  • POSTED BY AJRaptor on | February 25, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    First of all................. I salute the Little Master, THE GOD OF CRICKET our very own SRT............ Secondly, considering all the factors, age, opponents, pitch conditions(in both innings) this innings IS INCOMPARABLE TO ANY SO FAR...its the magic of the GOD of Cricket that this did happen...None more deserving than SACHIN to do this.............. Thirdly...a request to all can anyone somehow give me links from where I can download the videos of this match.its something worth preserving for ages..:)

  • POSTED BY Nijing on | February 25, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    Guess who got the wicket of Saeed Anwar at Chennai when he was on 194? SRT himself. http://u.nu/7zfg6. I think he was destined to be the first man on this cricketing peak.

    I do not understand the logic of the comments that compare Indian pitches to roads. If you check the score cards in Cricinfo, you can see that many teams have scored 300+ scores in pitches in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and England - that is, almost all major cricketing nations. Why the fuss about Indian pitches?

    If Indian curators make natural, spinner friendly pitches, they start crying about rank bad turners or "bunsen burners" or something like that. If those poor folks make a batter friendly pitch, they will start accusing roads. It seems that some people outside subcontinent want to brand made-in-India centuries something like made-in-China products.

    A century is a century is a century is a century ... wherever it is made. A double century? Only Sachin or such chosen ones can make one.

  • POSTED BY Realhotshady on | February 25, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    This again proves Sachin Tendulkar is a GOD of cricket. He can break any records he like..Now I'm waiting for him to break Lara's record of 400 in test...I think he can do it as well looking at his form at present....

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    tendulkar the god of batting tendulkar the batting legend tendulkar the artist tendulkar the master tendulkar the great

  • POSTED BY SachinFan_fromChennai on | February 25, 2010, 1:21 GMT

    A True and complete cricketer ever in the history. I'm sure he is capable and WILL scrore many more 200s again.. Congrats and keep it up Sachin....

  • POSTED BY visitswaps on | February 25, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    To Inam Zia.I agree Anwar's record came in the era when these scores where distant dream. But Such scores were made before as well in 1983 by Kapil, 1987 and 87 by Richards.But only sachin came closer to break this record more than once. He has five 150+ scores in ODIs. Next best is sir Richards and Lara with three each. Anwar has only one such score.This justifies who can repeat such feats. You can't compare 2 records. If you justify Anwar's then I can say lot more things about sachin's record as well. He scored it against one of the best bowling attack while India's bowling attack was not so good at that time. Also sachin did not take runner while Anwar did take a runner (From 19th ove till he finished).You certainly need stamina to score those many runs in ODI and Anwar was assisted by runner.Also Chennai Pitch where Anwar scored his record was a flat pitch as well. Anwar was dropped twice during his innings while sachin's knock was chance less.

  • POSTED BY Ignatiuscric on | February 25, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    Sachin bahi your the god... take a bow.. once again you've proved your mettle to the doubters. I enjoyed every minute of the innings... though by all means this is the best one-day innings of all time... But I would like to see over and again the 175 scored against Aussies... That was THE BEST according to me.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    You really proved it sachin age is not important the experience really matters a lot.. Really you are great ... This double ton is just adding one more feather to your colorful cap.. Simply you are the best no one can beat this best... Jai ho!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    Firstly hats off to Sachin. I consider him not just a great of cricket but a great of sports. In our generation we had top sportsmen like Tiger Woods, Michael Schumacher, Roger Federer. Woods, we all know what happened to him. Schumacher although great is also tainted. Federer is great and the closest match to Sachin although I rate Sachin higher, reason being the time span of the career and the composure which is like never before even after 20 years. Impeccable personality. Good human Being. Great role model.

    And for all those who are still talking about Saeed Anwar, there is nothing easier than opening the book of excuses. Even Tendulkar could have got 220 if Dhoni had given him the strike, but the record stays at 200 not out and hopefully will stay for a long time. The only two people who are capable of breaking it are Virender Sehwag and the master himself.

  • POSTED BY hayer on | February 25, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    A great inning from a great player. We were expecting it from long time. Mr. AliOnline only great players can utilize the conditions and I don't think countries and conditions make any different for class players. Saurav ganguly and Richards scored respectively 183 and 186 in England, and they scored against the bowlers like Murlidharan, Vass and Botham. Kapil dev scored 175 in england. Hayden scored 181 against New Zeland in Australia, Gibbs scored 175 against australia at Johannesburg. Moreover tendulkar himself scored 183 in New Zeeland. So class players can score anywhere. I hope this record will last very long. only player like yuvraj, Sehwag, Umar Akmal, Dilshan, Dhoni, Piterson and Gayle can break this record. I hpe Sehwag will be the next.... :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    Great performer Sachin no question about it and the humility he displays is all the more commendabe. Iam sure Sachin will now score more 200's. his career has always been like that in ODI. It took him 74 ODIs to score his first and he hasnt looked back sicne. Now that he has broken another barrier he is bound to continue. Good luck to him and hope he keeps pushing and succeeding.

  • POSTED BY Namboory on | February 25, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    Mr. Cricketer has done it. Dont know what to say. This innings was special for the least amount of risk and quality of batsmanship. He was never like the Jayasuryas or Sehwags who blasts the ball.... He was gentle and precise. Picking the gaps and and made the blowler worry ! That was particularly visible when he flicked steyne for a four. Nothing can be done apart from admiring what he did... Class.....

    Another one who can do it is sehwag.... but not in this gentle manner... in a brutal way.

    Proud of u our little master... You r a gem !

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    Today, I have seen again the glimpse OLD Sachin Tendulkar. The Sachin who used to give nightmares to bowlers, and people used to turn off their TV sets when he used to get out. Thank you for entertaining us for the last two decades. It is always very pleasure to watch you sir. I still remember growing up used to tell everyone I want to be like Sachin. Litlle crazy I was now I know how hard it is to be like Sachin. I wish you very best. Hopefully, you will achieve your and mine life long dream to win a world cup!!

  • POSTED BY amolmani on | February 25, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    Superb...Superb innings by this master of game. Many would say pitch was flat,ground was small,However I would like to ask them one question,there are lot of small grounds with flat pitches across the world,then why was this barrier was not crossed yet.....

  • POSTED BY higherd on | February 25, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    World Record! in a dying format of the game on a flat wicket. Like to see Warner do it T20.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    wat afridi and nazir can break with bangladesh or other underated team, but not with top 3 teams sachin as score aganist all top 3 teams.

  • POSTED BY higherd on | February 25, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    I watched the first 10 overs...what a boring game. There was no contest between bat and ball. Hats of to Tendulkar for having the concentration to bat that long but i recoken Glenn Mcgrath would have scored a hundred on this track.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    May god born as a cricketer JUST FOR CHANGE - As Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Else, How could he do that man? Incredible, Amazing, Lovely, Graceful .. No word in dictionary describes his passion, love, simplicity - I am proud to be in a country you born. Love you.

  • POSTED BY Ulio on | February 24, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    What an innings dear Sachin, thank you so very much for all these years you been playing. You have not lost your great touch. I had tears in my eyes when you reached 200, such a long journey. THank you again.

  • POSTED BY gaithersburgman on | February 24, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    We are immensely blessed to be living in the Tendulkar era and even more blessed to watch history being made. Like they say history repeats itself.....if that is true, I would like to die now, and not live to see Tendulkar's records being broken. Tendulkar is a living legend. I started watching cricket in the 1950s...and I can say with all assurance, that I have never seen anyone of his caliber of understanding on how to approach the game, humility of characterin handling fame and the purity of effortless strokeplay. May Tendulkar continue to play and excel till he is in his forties. That would be another he can easily establish.

  • POSTED BY victortrumpet on | February 24, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    Comparatively average knock. Astle's 200 against England was faster and that was in a Test match!.....Just kidding guys. Sachin has finally let his guise slip and shown us who he really is - Shiva in disguise, slashing away our ignorance with his sword. Or should I say....slashing those white balls into oblivion with his saber (and there's a metaphor in for those who've noted that he saves his best for the great white hunters). Om nama shivaya! Sachin Christ!

  • POSTED BY Kyabla on | February 24, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    Well Inam, when I read your comments, I can understand your disappointment. I do not mean to undermine the talent, greatness or brilliance of Saeed Anwar and his magnificent 194. Indeed India has been at the receiving end of some of his best innings, and I really liked watching his wristy shots. However, Anwar, for a majority of the time during that innings, batted with a runner. So he could conserve his energy for the big shots. Sachin, at 36 years of age, and after 20 years of international cricket, batted through the innings without any aid of a runner despite cramping up. This is definitely a monumental achievement. And 200 was always the elusive target. Before Anwar scored 194, Viv Richards had a 189* and Kapil had 175*. So, a score close to 200 was not entirely unthinkable, or unachievable. It always remained elusive till today...

  • POSTED BY BillyBlue on | February 24, 2010, 23:34 GMT

    "Flat pitch, ball coming on to the bat like a cherry, the perfect platform to bat 50 overs and make 200. kudos to tendulkar." AliOnline, these are the same conditions that SA, AUS & ENG get when they come to the subcontinent, but none of their batters Pointing, Peterson, Smith or Gibbs could take advantage of it to even score 175. Quit trying to undermine the MASTER's achievements. It just feels like it has become a fashion lately to undermine ANY achievements of subcontinent teams or players. Was the pitch not flat, was the ball not coming on like a cherry, were the conditions not perfect to score 434 and STILL lose in SA? Why then focus on them here. Just admire and feel lucky to have the pleasure to see cricketing greatness while you still can.

  • POSTED BY Archit_Bumb1986 on | February 24, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    South Africa faltered to make even 200 runs at one stage (score - 191/7 in 34 overs) on the Gwalior Pitch.......Sachin Tendulkar alone made it with such an ease and became the first person in ODIs to achieve the magical figure of double hundred and even after that he had the energy and enthusiasm to come to the field during SA's chase.That itself explains how great the man is.....U rock Sachin.....Salutes and congrats to u for d splendid inning.....It was really a pleasure to watch Sachin play the inning of a lifetime....May this special record of Sachin stay unbroken as long as possible :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    Continuing...

    - ODI 1 - India lost the toss again and despite no big contributors still posted ~300. SA were all but out till the last few wickets turned it on for SA. I fault Indian bowlers complacency rather than SA superiority - ODI 2 - India finally won the toss and look what happened... Little master posted a record and SA just crumbled like a house of cards

    Second point... whoever is defending Anwar... let anyone last 50 overs on their own two feet and then talk... in this case write... LOL

  • POSTED BY crikkfan on | February 24, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    If anyone can it is Sehwag - and it might happen within the next year or two as he is in peak form as well. Other contenders? - Dishan maybe or even Gambhir or Gayle. Thoughts?

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    I have two points to make... well besides a HUGE CONGRATS to SACHIN for giving us this gem and for all the years of pure entertainment he has provided:

    1. There has been a big Hoopla about how this series has been a clash of the number 1 & 2 sides but really!! In some ways this has been one sided yet no one has pointed this out. - Test1 - SA won the toss and we all know what a big advantage it is to win a toss in India and bat first... admittedly they did what was required and put India on the back foot but that is all they did right. Keep in mind that India was missing Dravid, Yuvraj, Laxman & Rohit... nobody mentioned that! - Test2 - Despite winning the toss, SA lost by an innings... I know they fought till the last man but India lost almost one day due to rain! The only diff was Laxman was back!

  • POSTED BY Somerset-Richard on | February 24, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    What a wonderful man. I just wish that he'd been born a Pom!

  • POSTED BY fadooo on | February 24, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    Even as a Pakistani who always tries to find flaws in tendulkar, i have to say : Everyone really haS to stand up for this one ! Sachin is the CHAMPION !

  • POSTED BY RAMKI2404 on | February 24, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    All, I am the same guy who was criticising the 175 of Sachin b/c my concern was he dint carry india to victory. Now look at this 200 gem of a innings never given a bowler/fielder a chance and carried the innings until 50 overs. I dont expect every time an opener should do this but definetly when a batsman reached a big score try to make bowler to get wicket but dont throw wicket away. Last 14 runs in 200 came in 1's and 2's that's all you needed and I was refering the same with 175. To the talent of SRT he should be avg 50+ in ODI's, I will be dissappointed if he doesnt reach this target before he retires.See his Consistancy level in last 2 years this is his 3rd 150+ runs (Twice he was Not out) and first time in his 20 years of career scored 4 centuries in 4 test matches. Now coming to test matches he should score atleast one inn of 300+ and atleast equal brian lara's 9 200+ before retire. Best of luck Sachin you have 4 more years of cricket left in you and we all wait for records.

  • POSTED BY ncrick8er on | February 24, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    India And People Are Lucky To Have Master Blaster Batsman In India. We Feel Proud Of Sachin. Congratulation Carry On Sachin.

  • POSTED BY TequillaGuy on | February 24, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    Sachin, you totally deserve this. You came close a few times and to do it at this age after 20 years of cricket, its unbelievable! Sachin is God

    Now Mr Inam Zia, just to put things in prespective about Anwar's record, I'll give you some facts :) Am in no way saying Anwar was not a great player or he did not deserve the record or his innings was any less than Sachin's. This is just to help you understand that Anwar's was NOT the only great ODI innings. 1) The record before Anwar's was 189 Not Out by Richards.That was not broken for 13 years! 2)189 was scored in 1984!So it was certainly not unheard of. Kapil made 175* in '83! 3)The second highest score in Richard's innings was 26!It was in England,not in Chinnair or Gwalior. So in light of this info, would u change ur opinion on Anwar's record?I wouldnt :)

    Sachin,great innings.The record will be broken someday but that wont make Sachin a mere mortal. He truly is God :)

  • POSTED BY visitswaps on | February 24, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    To Inam Zia.I agree Anwar's record came in the era when these scores where distant dream. But Such scores were made before as well in 1983 by Kapil, 1987 and 87 by Richards.But only sachin came closer to break this record more than once. He has five 150+ scores in ODIs. Next best is sir Richards and Lara with three each. Anwar has only one such score.This justifies who can repeat such feats. You can't compare 2 records. If you justify Anwar's then I can say lot more things about sachin's record as well. He scored it against one of the best bowling attack while India's bowling attack was not so good at that time. Also sachin did not take runner while Anwar did take a runner (From 19th ove till he finished).You certainly need stamina to score those many runs in ODI and Anwar was assisted by runner.Also Chennai Pitch where Anwar scored his record was a flat pitch as well. Anwar was dropped twice during his innings while sachin's knock was chance less.

  • POSTED BY akhil_joey on | February 24, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    We can's compare Sachin with Saeed Anwar, no ways...records speak for itself.

  • POSTED BY akhil_joey on | February 24, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    Sachin DOES IT AGAIN!!!!, the greatest ODI batsman ever to walk on this planet!, the extra ordinary fielding effort he put in the previous match is evidence enough that SACHIN is here to stay for a while now!!,, overall great team effort..and kudos to Captain Dhoni! The World Cup will definitely be on the top his mind now! since its in the subcontinent!!! Read this : SEHWAG,SACHIN,DHONI,YUVRAJ,RAINA,ZAHEER,PATHAN/SHARMA/..anyone 1 would crumble looking at this list!..

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    Great effort by the little master. Fitting he was the first man to break the 200 barrier. Classy innings and no slogging. But the 200 barrier was much harder before the new fielding restrictions and the invent of t20, I have a feeling that we will see it being broken in the future. For e.g. How many times have we seen sides score 400+ scores now? it's become the 325 of before. I've been lucky to see Sachin, Sanath and Saeed all get close to that 200. No offence to Mr. Coventry but I rate Sanath's and Saeed Anwar's innings much higher than his out of the innings Ive had the privilege of witnessing. Haven't seen Viv make 189 but must have been great too.

  • POSTED BY Looch on | February 24, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    Congratulations Sachin, a wonderful player and a magnificently humble man. No one deserves this record more and I imagine he is going to be around for a while yet!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    Sachin has achieved everything possible in World of Cricket. Congratzz This record is a big one and there were few candidates (Sehwag, Dhoni, Gilchrist, Hayden, G. Smith and Sangakara) who could have broken the record. I always thought Sachin was NOT a candidate for this record but sure enough I was wrong. I give more points for Sachin's determination than to his skills ! 1 achievement still remains. Sachin has to bring World Cup 2011 to India and if he does that he will be Immortal in world of cricket !!

    Well Done Sachin.

  • POSTED BY gelan on | February 24, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    Great achievement Sachin. Congratulations.

    To Inam Zia's comment, A record is a record. Please learn to appreciate it.

    Second lets get the facts right, In the match that Anwar scored 194, no other Pakistani player scored a 50 goes to show how inept they were even in that placid pitch. Over 600 runs were scored in that match ( including a century & a 50+ score from India ) in that match. You call that a difficult wicket ? India lost that match mainly because there is always a lot of pressure for teams chasing very big scores.

    Next Viv Richards - 189* against England ( http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64976.html ) was a significant effort compared to Anwar's for the following reasons : 1. this was made in England where England in return scored only 168 2. West Indies @ one point was 102/7 and Richards added over 100 runs himself just with the last 2 batsmen.

  • POSTED BY Soumendu on | February 24, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    wat I witnessed today was VINTAGE INDIA!!!! The Lil' Master proved his sheer genius yet again!!! All Cricket Lovers....TAKE A BOW for the CHAMPION - SACHIN TENDULKAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Timu on | February 24, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    Somebody in India learn how to make pitches that aren't highways! Seriously any pitch that allows those kind of scores is not good for cricket. Give the bowlers a chance for goodness sake. The people I feel sorry for here are the SA bowlers. Its hard enough to bowl to Sachin on a competitive pitch, on a flat track with small boundaries like that its near impossible. Kudos to Sachin for being able to bat out the entire innings though. Flat track or not, to bat for 50 overs at over a run a ball is an effort not to be scoffed at.

  • POSTED BY sri1ram on | February 24, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    Wow.. I can imagine Sehwag doing something like this - but SRT just outdid himself. I am almost sure Sehwag or Gambhir will someday break the record - the former having more probability - it would be great to see that happen at Waca/Sydney or Durban/Jo'burg :-) Not lords tho' unless England continue on their current on-off sparks..

  • POSTED BY geminianrahul on | February 24, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    Well, first of all congrats to the great champion Sachin Tendulkar who made the whole Indian nation proud on 24th Feb 2010.

    @Syed Ahmed Kabir Hashmi... Dude, Afridi or Imran nazir were real good smashers but I'm afraid they won't last 50 overs to break the record, I believe not even full 20 overs of T20.

    @Inam Zia ... Hey Buddy , I'm also not being biased or partial but considering few factors I believe this superb knock of Sachin is superior to that of Saeed Anwar considering 1). His age is nearly 37 , 2). He himself ran the whole innings without the help of any runner, 3). He wasn't given any lifes like dropped catches or missed runouts, 4). The quality of the opposition like SA with world class operators like Steyn, parnell, langeveldt, kallis and not to forget their excellent fielding, 5). He is the most humble sportsperson ever and he has bears the burden of whole Indian nation.

    That is the reason: Commit all crimes when Sachin is batting because even God is busy watching him..

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    Just what the doctor ordered!!

  • POSTED BY Koushik_Biswas on | February 24, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    I am a little late posting a comment, but this is what I had planned if I were the 1st one: I would put up a comment in all upper case: "SHHHH PLEASE NO ADULATORY COMMENTS FIRST. Please, let us wait for (a) leave_it_to_the_umps (b) victortrumpet (c) RAMKI2404 (d) s.sreekant (e) santhoshdawn (f) Alex to write something. Let us not be mean or harsh to them, as they are already so heartbroken". One thing though: I think it is perfectly okay for an individual to have a different unique opinion. It is when somebody disrespects another person's opinion does he commit a wrong. These guys think Sachin is not that good - it is alright to have that opinion. But their comments never radiate that positive light. They are either using derogatory words for Sachin-lovers, or citing loads of skewered statistics to prove some point. It leaves a bad taste. True gentlemen would feel compelled to comment only when they have a positive thing to share. Steyn is world's #1 bowler now. Well chosen Sachin!

  • POSTED BY suresh1234 on | February 24, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    well Inam zia anwar batted with a runner almost the entire innings plus i believe catches were dropped (not sure if i remember correctly) so I personally would place this higher than his 194. 194 isn't something that stood the test of time without anyone coming close. a lot of people came close in those 12 years ganguly hayden tendulkar himself and others but no one has reached 200 which is what matters . this is just my opinion just staing what i feel. SACHIN IS GOD PLEASE WIN WORLD CUP INDIA HE DESERVES IT FOR ALL HE HAS DONE

  • POSTED BY tapanp on | February 24, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    There is justice and poetry in life and SR Tendulkar being the first man in ODI history to score a double ton is testament to that. It's not about the record for highest score, that may one day be crossed (probably by the great man himself) - it is as one of the other contributors has said, about being the first to a double. Who remembers the second 4-minute miler? Also, why are people comparing to Anwars knock? A fine innings no doubt but remember it came against the hardly scary line up of Prasad, Kuruvilla, Joshi, Kumble and Robin Singh. That also meant the first four were fielding. Anwar had a runner after 18 overs. South Africa have consistently been one of the best ODI sides. Dale Steyn is the best bowler in the world at present. AB de Villiers is possibly the best fielder. The average team score on this ground is 250 odd. There is no argument, todays innings was the superlative innings. Well done Sachin, an ambassador for cricket - we are privileged to have seen you play.

  • POSTED BY BawaTheGreat on | February 24, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    WOW.... We all love you Sachin... You are the best everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • POSTED BY kalyanbk on | February 24, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    I think it is quite deserving that Tendulkar has the highest score in ODIs and Lara has the highest score in tests. Great ambassadors of the game. Since all records are meant to be broken, I think the ODI record will be taken by Dhoni and the Test record will be taken by Sehwag.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    Chanceless 200 from an ageless man. ODI batting record now belongs to the most deserving personality in cricketing world. Tendulkar: We salute you!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    @Inam Zia.. your comments are as contradictory as you are prejudiced.. Noone can deny what Saeed Anwar did was great.. but Sachin's record was by all means greater.. he had a better strike rate than Saeed Anwar's 194..

    He was not out and carried his bat throughout the innings.. Everyone knows that the pitch in Chennai is a batting paradise.. very similar to Gwalior.. your arguement that the pitch was not placcid in Chennai because no other pakistani scored more than 50 doesnt stand because the very same match though India lost.. dravid scored a century and vinod kambli made more than 60..

    Just because the world knows 20-20 today doesnt mean Sachin played the same way.. he had taken 82 runs only by running between the wickets.. and he was not slogging the ball T20 style like yusuf pathan or Dhoni ..

    Try to see Sachin as a batsman and not as an Indian you are prejudiced against .. If Sachin was an australian .. my comment would still be the same.. acknowledge real greatness!!

  • POSTED BY rjagadam on | February 24, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Great Job Tendulkar!!! It is unfair to not give full credit to him as this is achieved in India. South Africa had the same pitch, same 50 overs. They are also playing under lights and the due factor was in their favor too. They had the additional motivation of having to score runs to win the match.

  • POSTED BY ankil3275 on | February 24, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    I see a few on here not appreciating the innings played by Sachin. Sorry to all of them but the reality is the record is rewritten. Better luck next time!!!!

  • POSTED BY spuddy on | February 24, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Congrats to the little master. To some previous comments... this is not the only flat pitch ever... nor ball coming onto the bat... yet nobody has accomplished this before. It would be nice to just say congrats to Sachin and nothing else... he surely deserves this accolade without all the negative comments!

  • POSTED BY SRTRDXSCG on | February 24, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    @InamZia - Your argument is flawed, I will tell you why.

    Sachin does not play 20 20 to get influenced by the new format. Any one following cricket will know that Sachin was the original master blaster. He played agressive 20 20 style cricket right from the early 90s when Anwar was playing domestic cricket in Pakistan. If you are too young to have seen that phase of Sachin, then get some tapes or watch Youtube videos of vintage Sachin.

    Going by your reasoning, if anything Sir Viv Richards hit 189 in 1984, what do you say about that...?1984 is when 200 score was good in ODI...so give credit when its due. When Anwar hit , we applauded because it was a special innings. So is this one by Sachin, acknowledge. Dont dilute your praise by saying 20 20 format, this and that...

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    Rajesh, a test match quadraple century has been scored already by Brian Lara

  • POSTED BY htownzryder on | February 24, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    bow down to the great master...the SUPERMAN of the SPORT

  • POSTED BY Babu2288 on | February 24, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    A great innings from Sachin. In my heart, I knew he would do it one day. Salutes to the great man. However, there is one thing that I didn't like. He got to 199 in the 48th over and Dhoni kept the strike till the middle of 50th over. When your partner is on 199 (it doesn't matter who it is), I think Dhoni should have tried to give him strike for him to get to 200. I would say the same thing, even if Bhajji is near such a milestone (I hate Bhajji the most for his attitude). These things happen only once in a lifetime and one should let that happen.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_BornForIt on | February 24, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    You are cricket GOD sir..................a pleasure watching you

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    one my show is known as sachin tendulkar and master blaster

  • POSTED BY Rajesh. on | February 24, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    Take a bow Sachin Tendulkar !! He never ceases to amaze. Most runs in Test Matches, most runs in One-Day Internationals, most number of centuries in Tests, most number of centuries in One-Day Internationals.... and now the highest individual score and the first double hundred in One-Day history. What next ? A Test Match quadruple century ? You never know......

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    wat an innigs by d little master....really if there is any1 who can break dis record is tendulkar himself....commit the arc commit the champion...:D

  • POSTED BY passionate_cricket_follower on | February 24, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Congrats Sachin to cross yet another milestone. Now there's only one left. Please win WC 2011 for us. I'm sure you'd do it! There's absolutely nothing you can't achieve.

    All my wishes!

  • POSTED BY AliOnline on | February 24, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    Flat pitch, ball coming on to the bat like a cherry, the perfect platform to bat 50 overs and make 200. kudos to tendulkar. But i would still like to see someone reach 200 in England, South Africa, or at least, outside the subcontinent, where the ball swings and seams, that'll be the ultimate test;-)

  • POSTED BY kharkov on | February 24, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    best innings:)that was a gem of an innnings

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    Tendulkar is going to play next 2 world cups if he continues to play like this ..:)

  • POSTED BY Ranga_rao_g on | February 24, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    Congrats Sachin,you are truely ingenious.It's been 20 Yrs that I am watching you playing the game.It's amazing to see you playing like a school kid .We are so lucky that we born in the era you playing.your unflagging spirit for the game,when every body is retiring at the age you breaking records.Let's not forget that you achieved the double ton one of the best teams in the international cricket.....

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    Great Inning world Record 4 long long Time hope Imran Nazir or Afridi will break it!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    Played half the number of balls and scored half the total number of runs...

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    great innings by a great sportsman(!)

  • POSTED BY Riyadhibm on | February 24, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Salutes to the Cricket God . you are the best You made us Proud again.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    it was great day for every indian............................master got worrld recoard bracking 200.........................congratulation sachin................................

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    it was exciting to the see Dhoni bat like only he could when he burst onto the scene!! quite exciting to watch..

  • POSTED BY kannancet86 on | February 24, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Yes,I hope this record is broken by Sehwagji in the next match itself which will be as per Sachin's wish

  • POSTED BY kannancet86 on | February 24, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    Yes,I hope this record is broken by Sehwagji in the next match itself which will be as per Sachin's wish

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    I am not trying to say which one is superior but i am just saying that Anwar making 194 ,12 years ago when batsmen did not have strike rates above 100 is a better milestone then Sachin making 200 in a match much influenced by the T20 style on a flaccid pitch.

    Same way i wasnt amazed at Mathew Hayden , breaking Laras record of 400 in tests simply because it came against a much inferior opposition( Zimbabwe) . And although Lara proved his worth doing it 2nd time against England .I am Afraid Saeed Anwar is no more around in the cricketing world.

    Well good luck to Tendulker though but i do believe that Subcontinent Boards must really start looking in to the level of the pitches they are curating otherwise we will never ever produce batsmen of such quality again .

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Well well i am really disappointed !! Not that Sachin broke the record , but 1. The record was one that stood for 12 Years . So it was indeed a milestone of utmost importance. We all know Records are meant to be broken but Good records always stand the test of time.This One surely did.

    2 . I firmly believe that Saeed Anwars 194 (5 6's , 22 4's ) against India in 1997(Chennai) came at a time when such scores were not imagined possible.There was no T20 at that time so no one knew a way forward for such a score.

    3.Thirdly that was the only 50+ Score by Pakistan seen in that match insuriatng the fact that it wasn't indeed a placid pitch as the one that turned out for Sachin 200 (3 6's , 25 4's ) in Gwalior and 2 more half centuries at a strike rate better than 100 by Dhoni (68)And Karthik(79) .

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    Bravo Sachin........................ You R our True Hero Such a humble man even at this stage..............

    He thoroughly deserves "SIR" status and we r waiting for that moment

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    "I don't think any record is unbreakable. Records are made to be broken. I hope that if this record is broke, it's done by an Indian."

    Thats quintessential Sachin. He wraps his greatness with endearing humility.

    Some one will break the record someday but no one will break the record that he breached the 200 barrier first! Remember Roger Bannister, Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay, Neil Armstrong, Christopher Columbus?

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Tendulkar batted like a Prince, Maybe not like Ashwell but his timing was magnificent and his drives were to die for. South Africa, To say the least, Have a pretty average attack with Steyn and Parnell taken to the cleaners. Hats off to Langeveldt who bowled with a stiched eye but got blasted by another man named Mahendra Singh Dhoni.. Duminy also failed again in both departments indicating his lack of confidence and big match temprement. Hats off to India for a entertaining match and it pays dividends why ODI cricket is still a great format.

  • POSTED BY VivaVizag on | February 24, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    24 February Circa 2010 AD. I saw God.

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  • POSTED BY VivaVizag on | February 24, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    24 February Circa 2010 AD. I saw God.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Tendulkar batted like a Prince, Maybe not like Ashwell but his timing was magnificent and his drives were to die for. South Africa, To say the least, Have a pretty average attack with Steyn and Parnell taken to the cleaners. Hats off to Langeveldt who bowled with a stiched eye but got blasted by another man named Mahendra Singh Dhoni.. Duminy also failed again in both departments indicating his lack of confidence and big match temprement. Hats off to India for a entertaining match and it pays dividends why ODI cricket is still a great format.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    "I don't think any record is unbreakable. Records are made to be broken. I hope that if this record is broke, it's done by an Indian."

    Thats quintessential Sachin. He wraps his greatness with endearing humility.

    Some one will break the record someday but no one will break the record that he breached the 200 barrier first! Remember Roger Bannister, Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay, Neil Armstrong, Christopher Columbus?

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    Bravo Sachin........................ You R our True Hero Such a humble man even at this stage..............

    He thoroughly deserves "SIR" status and we r waiting for that moment

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Well well i am really disappointed !! Not that Sachin broke the record , but 1. The record was one that stood for 12 Years . So it was indeed a milestone of utmost importance. We all know Records are meant to be broken but Good records always stand the test of time.This One surely did.

    2 . I firmly believe that Saeed Anwars 194 (5 6's , 22 4's ) against India in 1997(Chennai) came at a time when such scores were not imagined possible.There was no T20 at that time so no one knew a way forward for such a score.

    3.Thirdly that was the only 50+ Score by Pakistan seen in that match insuriatng the fact that it wasn't indeed a placid pitch as the one that turned out for Sachin 200 (3 6's , 25 4's ) in Gwalior and 2 more half centuries at a strike rate better than 100 by Dhoni (68)And Karthik(79) .

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    I am not trying to say which one is superior but i am just saying that Anwar making 194 ,12 years ago when batsmen did not have strike rates above 100 is a better milestone then Sachin making 200 in a match much influenced by the T20 style on a flaccid pitch.

    Same way i wasnt amazed at Mathew Hayden , breaking Laras record of 400 in tests simply because it came against a much inferior opposition( Zimbabwe) . And although Lara proved his worth doing it 2nd time against England .I am Afraid Saeed Anwar is no more around in the cricketing world.

    Well good luck to Tendulker though but i do believe that Subcontinent Boards must really start looking in to the level of the pitches they are curating otherwise we will never ever produce batsmen of such quality again .

  • POSTED BY kannancet86 on | February 24, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    Yes,I hope this record is broken by Sehwagji in the next match itself which will be as per Sachin's wish

  • POSTED BY kannancet86 on | February 24, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Yes,I hope this record is broken by Sehwagji in the next match itself which will be as per Sachin's wish

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    it was exciting to the see Dhoni bat like only he could when he burst onto the scene!! quite exciting to watch..

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    it was great day for every indian............................master got worrld recoard bracking 200.........................congratulation sachin................................