February 25, 2010

'Finish it, finish it'

Virender Sehwag, a man many believed would get to 200 before the master did, relives the innings of a lifetime
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I am the superstitious kind: I never praise a shot because I fear the moment I do so, the batsman gets out. Till Sachin was on 190 in Gwalior, I was rooted in my seat in the dressing room. But when he got to 190, I couldn't contain myself. I came out and started cheering every stroke till he got to 200.

When he got to 180, I knew he was going to get it, but when he was in the 190s I was concerned. If I was in his place, I would have tried to finish it quickly, because the longer I take, the greater the possibility of me getting out. I would try to wrap it up in three or four balls.

Also, he was looking really tired: he had been clutching his right side and showing signs of cramping. So when I stepped out of my seat, I was just saying, "Finish it, finish it."

But Sachin is never in a hurry. He is a different kind of batsman - one who can rotate the strike with ease and understands there is no need to take any chances. Whenever I have been on the brink of landmarks (Melbourne in 2003, Multan 2004) he has instructed me to do this and do that. But those are things only he can do.

You might say, this is 200 - a figure no batsman in the history of the game has crossed - but then we are talking about Tendulkar. He looked calm and confident even when he was at the non-striker's end in those final moments. I knew he just needed one ball, and I also knew he would get the opportunity.

He had started the innings in a confident mood. As soon as he hit his first boundary, off the third ball of the second over, he walked up to me and said the pitch was full of runs and we only needed to time the ball. He told me not to think of boundaries or going after the bowler. He was right: throughout he picked the gaps and played the ball as he saw it. He was not thinking too much and that helped.

Ten years down the line if I am asked to pick a shot or two from his innings I would love to pick many. But the ones that were special to me were the cover drives off the back foot past extra cover, and the punch, once again on the back foot, past point, off Wayne Parnell. Another incredible shot was the straight six over Roelof van der Merwe's head. The left-arm spinner is a difficult one to get away, but Sachin was able to make the room and the energy to hit it clean over the sight screen.

It is not an easy summit for a batsman to conquer because he needs to possess a variety of attributes. In the past I mentioned on four or five occasions that Sachin had the capability to score a double-hundred in ODIs. I was confident only he could achieve such a feat only because of his experience and the kind of form he is in at the moment.

"I have seen him over the last decade and he is still improving with every match. I think he is in better form now than he was in 1998"

Importantly, he had the hunger and the patience to last for the entire 50 overs. You need to bat out the entire innings to score a double. And it is not so easy because it is not just about hitting boundaries; it is also rotating the strike. I knew if he had 150 balls, he could do it, and he did it in 147 deliveries.

I do not want to dwell here on my own batting, but in the past certain people have said I could have scored 200 in one-day cricket, because of my performances in Tests, where I have got near to a hundred before lunch. But I have had the tendency to take too many risks once I reach the 120 or 130-run mark in ODIs. That is difference between me and Sachin.

We have had chats about him scoring 200. He thought it was difficult, but I told him only he could do it. Last year in New Zealand, when he retired on 163 I told him he had missed the opportunity, but he said "Agar meri kismat mein hoga toh woh mil jayega [It will eventually happen if I am destined to do it]." He said the same when he got 175 against Australia last year. On Wednesday he said "Woh likha tha, toh mil gaya [I got what was destined]".

Back in 1998 everyone felt Sachin was in prime form. I was not in the Indian team then. But I have seen him over the last decade and he is still improving with every match, he is practising more than anybody else in the nets, working hard on his fitness. I think he is in better form now than he was in 1998.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Neil247 on February 28, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    I don't get it. This article is about the Greatest batsman that ever walked the earth. If some ppl (the tiny minority) don't like Tendulkar for whatever warped private reasons -that's fine - Simply buzz off from here and switch off the TV when he's playing.Simple!...But no- these ppl won't do it- they will watch and keep pouring out their deep psycological problems coz deep down they know they are watching a once in a century player.

  • Rohan1 on February 28, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Someone rightly said that there is a few nutcases in here who know absolutely nothing about cricket, but seem to be ISI sponsored!! Ha,Ha - how true!

  • CricFan24 on February 28, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    ...And why are all you ppl even bothering about as a few clowns. As they say it takes talent to recognise genius. So as Lara said so memorably "Sachin is a Genius ,I'm a mere mortal" and "You know genius when you see it ,and let me tell you Sachin is pure genius"....So it is vastly apparent that certain ppl in here don't have the slightest clue about cricket/batting- so why waste your time and energy on them? We are here to celebrate the genius of the greatest batsman of all time- Sachin Tendulkar (if for whatever reason ppl dont like that (most of them are from one particular country)- fine. let them harp on -who cares?)

  • CricFan24 on February 28, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    The 1st comment in the "numbers game" blog says it all : "Posted by prashant1 on (February 26 2010, 03:49 AM GMT).". Tendulkar had a bust up 2003 (except for the WC the whole of which he played with a broken hand)…and 05/06 when due to seemingly endless injuries he almost retired. It is literally just these 3 yrs when he stumbled and fell and when all and sundry filled their boots- that make a superficial look at "overall" stats "appear" that lara,ponting,dravid and the like are even remotely his equals. They are not- never have been,never will be.

  • first_slip on February 28, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Oh My word..suchin is such a genius.. fantastic feat... god bless him...

  • Pratik_vodka on February 28, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    What else can we say too .. other than the fact that 'One should have commited all sins in those 3 hours coz even God was watching Sachin' ... unbelivable i dont only not compare him to other cricketing greats but with other known gretas of other feilds. Sachin a man who he might be the best or not as a batsmen i dont care but a man in this day of sorrow and sadness that surrounds us everyday this guy alone can bring a Smile and make you forget em all for even a few minutes and to millions is a trait no one else can match. Thank you Sachin ... it truely is a pleasure !

  • on February 27, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    The best way to describe Sachin is "the one who gives 100% in whatever he does". I grew up seeing greats like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev et al, who played the game with full vigour and passion. However, it is sad to see the commitment levels & loyalty have been dwindling over the years owing to the prevailing commercial distractions. However there are exceptions and Sachin is definitely one who does his best every time he goes out to play. Also Sehwag falls in the same category as sachins. I must say Dhoni was fortunate to witness Sachin achieving this feat from close quarters and such performances only catapults Indian cricket psyche to next levels. It was heartening to see the great Sunil Manohar Gavaskar expressing his great joy on Sachin's achievement by saying " I would like to bow my head and touch his feet". How many men of such success stature as Gavaskar's can say such a thing?. I doubt if there are any. Great men stay so always !!!

  • SameerSharma on February 27, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    haha..someone(drcardio1980) said Tendulkar is an averager play overseas, does that mean the other playes are below average then..??If he can score centuries on placid wickets of subcontinent..why can't others??...most of his ceturies has come against Australia n that too when G. Magrath was playin..wasin hardly used to come for ballin while Tendulkar on crease...u need to know the history of cricket dude....n the records r not useless...why didn't the other player achieve it..i guess they had the equal oppurtunity....of'course u can't compare him to the other players..because he's the only player tasting success in all the formats of the game...comparin him wit others wud be like disgracin him..so pls dun compare n u start learnin to accept the facts...

  • Kanag on February 27, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    To : drcardio1980 Please visit the link http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/35320.html?class=1;template=results;type=allround

    Hope u know what Don bradman told about Sachin and also The Don invited Sachin for dinner. Viv also told sometimes back that "he can pay anything to watch Sachin batting". Also note that in Bradman's XI only sobers got place not Lara,Viv Richards, Mcgrath and Wasim Akram. Sachin is a true Legend.

  • PremSehrawat on February 27, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    I agree with Vamsi Chakravarthi regarding Sachin. One more thing to add to it is, all other great batsman like don Bradman etc scored runs on their pitches. They started playing on fast pitches and hence tend to score more there, so as Sachin or other sub continent batsman.How many examples can you give about these other greats scored in our conditions? As my friend "anfour" comparing Sachin and Kapil Dev, being neutral I just want to say that both are great players in their sense. Kapil Dev was one of the best ALL ROUNDER of its time but Sachin isthe best BATSMAN of his time. I think his comparison is not valid.

  • Neil247 on February 28, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    I don't get it. This article is about the Greatest batsman that ever walked the earth. If some ppl (the tiny minority) don't like Tendulkar for whatever warped private reasons -that's fine - Simply buzz off from here and switch off the TV when he's playing.Simple!...But no- these ppl won't do it- they will watch and keep pouring out their deep psycological problems coz deep down they know they are watching a once in a century player.

  • Rohan1 on February 28, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Someone rightly said that there is a few nutcases in here who know absolutely nothing about cricket, but seem to be ISI sponsored!! Ha,Ha - how true!

  • CricFan24 on February 28, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    ...And why are all you ppl even bothering about as a few clowns. As they say it takes talent to recognise genius. So as Lara said so memorably "Sachin is a Genius ,I'm a mere mortal" and "You know genius when you see it ,and let me tell you Sachin is pure genius"....So it is vastly apparent that certain ppl in here don't have the slightest clue about cricket/batting- so why waste your time and energy on them? We are here to celebrate the genius of the greatest batsman of all time- Sachin Tendulkar (if for whatever reason ppl dont like that (most of them are from one particular country)- fine. let them harp on -who cares?)

  • CricFan24 on February 28, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    The 1st comment in the "numbers game" blog says it all : "Posted by prashant1 on (February 26 2010, 03:49 AM GMT).". Tendulkar had a bust up 2003 (except for the WC the whole of which he played with a broken hand)…and 05/06 when due to seemingly endless injuries he almost retired. It is literally just these 3 yrs when he stumbled and fell and when all and sundry filled their boots- that make a superficial look at "overall" stats "appear" that lara,ponting,dravid and the like are even remotely his equals. They are not- never have been,never will be.

  • first_slip on February 28, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Oh My word..suchin is such a genius.. fantastic feat... god bless him...

  • Pratik_vodka on February 28, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    What else can we say too .. other than the fact that 'One should have commited all sins in those 3 hours coz even God was watching Sachin' ... unbelivable i dont only not compare him to other cricketing greats but with other known gretas of other feilds. Sachin a man who he might be the best or not as a batsmen i dont care but a man in this day of sorrow and sadness that surrounds us everyday this guy alone can bring a Smile and make you forget em all for even a few minutes and to millions is a trait no one else can match. Thank you Sachin ... it truely is a pleasure !

  • on February 27, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    The best way to describe Sachin is "the one who gives 100% in whatever he does". I grew up seeing greats like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev et al, who played the game with full vigour and passion. However, it is sad to see the commitment levels & loyalty have been dwindling over the years owing to the prevailing commercial distractions. However there are exceptions and Sachin is definitely one who does his best every time he goes out to play. Also Sehwag falls in the same category as sachins. I must say Dhoni was fortunate to witness Sachin achieving this feat from close quarters and such performances only catapults Indian cricket psyche to next levels. It was heartening to see the great Sunil Manohar Gavaskar expressing his great joy on Sachin's achievement by saying " I would like to bow my head and touch his feet". How many men of such success stature as Gavaskar's can say such a thing?. I doubt if there are any. Great men stay so always !!!

  • SameerSharma on February 27, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    haha..someone(drcardio1980) said Tendulkar is an averager play overseas, does that mean the other playes are below average then..??If he can score centuries on placid wickets of subcontinent..why can't others??...most of his ceturies has come against Australia n that too when G. Magrath was playin..wasin hardly used to come for ballin while Tendulkar on crease...u need to know the history of cricket dude....n the records r not useless...why didn't the other player achieve it..i guess they had the equal oppurtunity....of'course u can't compare him to the other players..because he's the only player tasting success in all the formats of the game...comparin him wit others wud be like disgracin him..so pls dun compare n u start learnin to accept the facts...

  • Kanag on February 27, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    To : drcardio1980 Please visit the link http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/35320.html?class=1;template=results;type=allround

    Hope u know what Don bradman told about Sachin and also The Don invited Sachin for dinner. Viv also told sometimes back that "he can pay anything to watch Sachin batting". Also note that in Bradman's XI only sobers got place not Lara,Viv Richards, Mcgrath and Wasim Akram. Sachin is a true Legend.

  • PremSehrawat on February 27, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    I agree with Vamsi Chakravarthi regarding Sachin. One more thing to add to it is, all other great batsman like don Bradman etc scored runs on their pitches. They started playing on fast pitches and hence tend to score more there, so as Sachin or other sub continent batsman.How many examples can you give about these other greats scored in our conditions? As my friend "anfour" comparing Sachin and Kapil Dev, being neutral I just want to say that both are great players in their sense. Kapil Dev was one of the best ALL ROUNDER of its time but Sachin isthe best BATSMAN of his time. I think his comparison is not valid.

  • Harish8111 on February 27, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    Sachin is surely better than Bradman...as u know guyz Don was once caught saying Sachin plays like me...now you tell who is best...poor Aussies...

  • on February 27, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Someone was saying. Sachin gets runs on subcontinent pitches. Please check the stats and speak. Many Batsmen have won final & crunch matches for the team; but that is only one match with not much pressure and expectations. Sachin has taken the team single handedly from Group stage to finals... Poor guy could not do it there. Which he is been doing from last 3 to 4 years. It is easy to fire through our mouth, but go through comments made by legends like Wasim Akram, V Richards,S Warne, M Muralitharan, Barry Richards, Gary Sobers, J Miandad, Naseer Hussain, Allan Donald, B Lara, M Hayden, Micheal Clarke, M Schumacher,i Botham, Imran, S Anwar, M Jordan and above all DON BRADMAN.. I have not included many many more which is endless and not including comments by Indians.He is a pure genius..do not look at him as a mere batsman, he is a phenomenon. Quotes: It is easy to commit crime when Sachin is batting. If Cricket is a religion Sachin is GOD.

  • Kanag on February 27, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Sachin once again proved as GOD OF CRICKET. I need only one more thing from God, That is 2011 world cup.

  • anfour on February 27, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    @Mark00:We can accept the fact that the gwalior pitch is a flat one but this is not the 1st time a match has been played on this pitch there have been many matches before but none of the players who played in those matches were able to achieve this feat.Moreover Kapil Dev's century(175*) was his only century.You said that despite 20 years of opportunity Sachin couldn't play an innings like Kapil's 175. What i am saying is that despite 16 years of opportunity Kapil Dev could score only one century and he scored it in 60 overs.He played 4 matches at Gwalior but his highest score was 52.

  • drcardio1980 on February 27, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Tendulkar is an average player overseas & in crunch games.70% of his centuries are made on placid wickets of subcontinent.There is no comparison with likes of Lara,Richards,Sobers,Bradman.He was a bunny for good bowlers like G.Magrath & Wasim Akram.No meaning of these useless runs or records.

  • Harish8111 on February 27, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Saeed Anwar and any other player is near to SACHIN..Saeed Anwar couldn't make the last 6 RUNS to complete 200...may be in next life he makes it to 200.

  • on February 27, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    10dulker you're the best batsman cricket has ever produced!! You have made all the sub-continent batsmen proud!!

    wat an innings wat a record!! long may you last!!

  • on February 27, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    Although he made 200 in his home ground,yet he is a master blaster.if saeed anwar was there,he also would have made something like 200.

  • satanswish on February 27, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    I was not born in 'The Bradman' era but no real regrets as feel more than lucky to have watched Sachin & Lara batting. Sachin - I am really grateful to you for providing us the entertainment with your batting over last 2 decades which makes us forget all sorrows of life.

    Ricky Ponting should announce his retirement immediately who was acting oversmart advising little master for retirement. LOL

  • on February 27, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    Sachin, thanks for the cricketing treat all these years! Your untainted reputation makes your show much more authentic, and motivates me to at least be in touch with this game. Proud that I come from the same land you are from!

  • kishoren10 on February 27, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    another mile stone of 200+ will be possible only from sachin no body else.Well done great young man

  • on February 27, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    There were times few criticized his talent.Most of the time he has been lauded. whether you criticize or applaud, for the past 20 years cricket has been centered around him only.Sachin is the Sun of cricket galaxy and the very own son of mother cricket. He s the true emperor of criket.

  • on February 27, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    Thank you Sachin you deserve this one, praying and hoping to see more from you.

  • on February 26, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    sachin is the rightful man to hold this record and i m very happy that a true legend has broken the record of saeed anwer... sachin u rocckkkss!!! he showed the real passion for the game...it was just incredible from the very first shot to the last shot...hoping another feat from u in the near future!!!

  • sabina2009 on February 26, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    Scoring 200 in ODI is really difficult to achieve and this is exactly what Tendulkar has done to prove us wrong. Only great player like Tendulkar can achieve the unbelievable. What Tendulkar has achieved will definitely be hard for any batsman to break the record.

  • on February 26, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    there is no doubt, he is the greatest batsman ever ever and ever...

  • Edavana on February 26, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    The evening when Sachin broke the record, I had the fortune of attending an invited dinner with the man who inspired and supported him the most-Sunil Gavaskar, at Dubai! It was the most befitting moment in my life, to be with one of the greatest legends of cricket, when history was rewritten by someone who could proudly carry the legacy on. Now, there is no doubt- Sachin is the greatest cricketer ever. Sunil Gavaskar endorsed it in the Q&A session we had!

  • Rajesh. on February 26, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    If the year 1998 was thought to be Sachin's peak then what on earth are these days, then ? :-)

  • on February 26, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    Sachin 200*: So Nothing is Impossible

  • on February 26, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    @true_indian_love, @Alexk400 and @all those people who don't believe that Sachin's 200 is something great ... please stop watching him.... you all don't deserve to be watching this great.... he doesn't need ur comments to appreciate his feat... the people who know about cricket have said it... so you guys can keep ur stupid comments to ur self.

  • on February 26, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    I say it is very possible that someone breaks Tendulkar's record very soon now, maybe sehwag, maybe Tendulkar himself or any player with good strike rate.

  • BaskerUvathy on February 26, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    we really need some good heart to praise somone, sehwag has it, unlikely dhoni who looked like not allowing sachin to complete his double ton, if that single hasnt been taken, he would have hit all the balls to boundaries and never let sachin to do this, i always hate dhoni for this

  • VEEJ18 on February 26, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Wow Sachs!! Great store house of passion,energy,skill and sheer power. Sachin's knock was incredible indeed, thanks to the umpires who did not play foul this time!! He was a victim of poor judgement anyways that is past and this innings is history which was destined to. No one can stop the river from flowing....May he come out with greatest knocks in tests too in 2010. He certainly has the divine light guiding him to the goals. He is GOD for my son Akash who is in USA and takes time off to watch his every inning, Sachin is his passion!!!!

  • cooldude0503 on February 26, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Few Great things about Sachin's 200:

    1) It did it without a Runner 2) He never was dropped 3) He remained NOTOUT or unbeaten. 4) Did against 3rd Rand team with Steyn and Parnell and very good fielding side

  • slograj on February 26, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    I only want to say one thing that I don't believe that sachin is god.but my belief is god is sachin ramesh tendulkar in cricket

  • on February 26, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    People who have had the privilege to watch this innings of Sachin,live are perhaps, blessed. Be it on TV or at the stadium, I can proudly say that I am one of those blessed individuals who saw the master prove his mettle, silence the critics, embrace the nation and salute the ghosts of his past in 147 deliveries of pure adrenaline.

  • Resfranson on February 26, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    No word can describe the knock that Sir Sachin Tendulkar played a couple of days ago.even the 200* would be so proud that it has come through the hands of the legend... My request to all the INDIANS who were participating in live cricket programmes dont ever compare SACHIN with any other Players even with Don bradman bcoz bradman didnt last for 21 yrs as sachin with great form, so pls pls dont compare.. its my request to the TV programme organisers too.. If i was happy for a whole day then u can be sure that sachin had scored a 100 or a record.. Im so Proud to b an INDIAN .. Bcoz this is t country which has given my Sachin... UR great Sir SACHIN TENDULKAR

  • on February 26, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    Once upon a time there was Don Bradman. He is the only Don. Similarly, (as the Don himself observed), there is Sachin Tendulkar. One and the only one. There is no comparison.

    As for who will break his record, no man will! For he is the FIRST to get a 200 in an ODI!

    Who can get there next? Sehwag, Dilshan, Chris Gayle (and may be - based just on promise) David Warner or Kieron Pollard.

    Dark horses? Sangakkara, Ross Taylor, Umar Gul

    A black swan chance - Yusuf Pathan! (if he opens or bats at 3)

  • bivu on February 26, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    This Indian guys are really amazing...they even stoop so low to belittle a woman-cricketer who once scored 200+ runs in an ODI ..they even does not want the fact that cricket is not that physically-demanding a game..not that it belittle Sachin in any way..just..a..matter..of..fact..Simply..put..u.just..can't..say..anything..against..their..revered..ones....to them they and Sachin is the only significant thing to happen to the world..amazing..!!!!

  • on February 26, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    well done sachin. its great but this will be broken by sehwag. and you know i am the most sas person when he make 200

  • SG21 on February 26, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Sachin has proved time and again what a brilliant cricketer he is and has silenced his critics time and again. This knock of 200* was an absolutely stunning performance with clean cricketing shots. Hats of once again to Sachin to make India and the cricketing freternity world over proud. KUDOS once again Sachin Tusi GREAT HO!!!

  • dev003 on February 26, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    well done Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar ...keep going. no stopping u Sir.

  • Mark00 on February 26, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    It was a flat pitch and tired bowling and a clear indicator is that he scored just 50% of the team total and his run-rate, a touch over 8 runs per over, was also about par for the team innings as a whole.

    There are numerous other innings by other players (and even 1 or 2 by Tendulkar) which are much better than this 200.

    Despite 20 years of opportunities, Tendulkar has never played an innings like Kapil's 175.

  • Anoosree on February 26, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Weldone! Sachin !!

    You are lovely indian diamond in cricket and life. You are inspiration to all people of the world. Once agian congratulations to you.

  • mechmustang on February 26, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    if i say i m biggest fan of sachin people might say here comes one more crazy fellow.but the ultimate dream has come true for me...SACHIN thank you very much....i simply cant tell u how satisfying i feel now when u have reached this milestone..there is kind of peace in my mind that u r now truly unique in every sense....its not only abt the double hundred but the way the grace the humbleness with which u reached is truly amazing and makes ever indian feel proud....hats off to u...

  • apvinayak on February 26, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Hi, I felt really sad when Sehwag said he wants to retire after playing 100 tests, and add to that he says Sachin is his role model, I guess I am disappointed mainly because I expect a lot from Sehwag and he is totally capable of scoring many more runs as our God Sachin is doing

    I really wish that Sehwag should carry his carrier as long as he can as our God Sachin is doing.

  • apvinayak on February 26, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Hi, I felt really sad when Sehwag said he wants to retire after playing 100 tests, and add to that he says Sachin is his role model, I guess I am disappointed mainly because I expect a lot from Sehwag and he is totally capable of scoring many more runs as our God Sachin is doing

    I really wish that Sehwag should carry his carrier as long as he can as our God Sachin is doing.

  • on February 26, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    I am honoured to have watched this happen!!! It was simply magnificent!! Its an innings that i shall never forget! SCAHIN is the greastes batsmen ever!! A TRUE LEGEND! never to be forgotten!

  • ZeeshanH on February 26, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    Sehwag says, "But I have had the tendency to take too many risks once I reach the 120 or 130-run mark in ODIs." What a joke! He takes too many risks from 0 to 130. That's why we love him. Go Sehwag Go.

  • gaithersburgman on February 26, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar just saved One Day Cricket from extinction. Sport lovers live and die over statistics and records. Admit it or not, statistics have significance and all the discussions in this forum have been about who is the greatest based on statistics. Long live Sachin...and I mean literally..and establish a new frontier of 250 runs in one innings, and long live CRICINFO keeping tabs of it..so we can start a new debate. Specific to this article, I loved reading Sehwag's words..he is a true pupil, and should this spirit be uppermost among all the Indian players, India will be undefeatable.

  • KiwiRocker- on February 26, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    Along with overdose of praising Sachin Tendulkar, I would like to high light factual numerical figures which can show sachin a very average batsman when he played out of India. First be informed that his current batting average in 442 matches is 45.12 runs. His average in Australia against Australia is 34.12 with only 1 century & 2 fifties out of 22 matches. His average against South Africa in South Africa is 26.10 runs with only 1 century & No fifty out of 20 matches.His average against Pakistan in Paki is also 36 runs. In 13 matches he played…Means three top teams has made him looked very average batsman at their grounds!! normally, in ODI below 35 runs average is normal average for any normal batsman!40 plus considered above average batsman!More sensational revelation. Out of his 46 centuries in ODI, he has scored 35 centuries within India - at home pitches.Out of 442 matches he has played 140 matches out side India & scored only 11 centuries. BEST ODI INNING IS 189 BY KING RICHARD!

  • on February 26, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    That was the most complete innings I've ever seen. He scored more than 70% of score than what the opposition could score in the whole innings. He was remarkable. Now I am waiting for this record to be broken.

  • on February 26, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    only one in a century....practically it is not possible to open the innings and stay till 50 overs and keep scoring...this will stay for some good time...with the legend

  • on February 26, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    This is Great and Yes ONLY Sachin can do it. Good go Sachin!

  • on February 26, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    only one in a century....practically it is not possible to open the innings and stay till 50 overs and keep scoring...this will stay for some good time...with the legend

  • on February 26, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    @true_indian_lover : do u even realize what amazing feat is this....i am happy that u got exams ....else it wud hvae been a waste and shame for a such a innings being watched by a person like u .....so far the 180 mark has been crossed only 11 times ...sachin featuring twice in that list.... If a player has to get 200* mark, he needs to bat the full 50 overs playing atleast 150-160 balls, which is a quite difficult thing and he made it possible in just 147 balls... ...But i am sure you will not understand how imp this feat is for all INdians ....so rather than criticizing. enjoy the fact that this barrier has been broken by an INdian..... ONe more thing to add....Firstly, we are talking abt the ODI here and not Test matches and second thing...after ur exams sit for some time and get your statistics rite ....he scored 194 in Multan against Pakistan in 2004 and not 1997... Before than in 1999 he had scored a double century...

  • TenCricket on February 26, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    @true_indian_lover I think your a fool, Sachin is now 36+ can you pls show me any player who is more then 30 can play like him? Have you notice his fielding? And your not @true_indian_lover, and you no need to congratulate him atleast don't under estimate the Cricket Maestro, you go and ask from Michel Schumacher how many cricket player you know in the world? The only answer will be Sachin, he is a Living legend

  • on February 26, 2010, 11:36 GMT

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

  • ASHTHEBOSS on February 26, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Throughout my life i have not seen such a great personality having plenty of records with him being so simple.All i want to say is that i love u so much sachin.

  • Adityatawde on February 26, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    I believe the only players in this world who can go past the 200 mark are Sehwag and The God Himself. Thank you Sachin for making us all feel like every one of has hit a double century. No one deserved it more than you. Thank you for taking Indian Cricket to a different level altogether. You have made us all proud!!! Its because we have players like Sachin, Sehwag, MSD, Gambhir, Dravid, Laxman, Yuvraj and Zak that India is the No.1 team in test cricket and amongst the top three in ODIs. Sachin is undoubtedly the greatest batsman the world has ever seen. His flamboyant batting has won the hearts of people all over the world. No wonder an Australian fan at SCG held a banner that said "Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting, they will all go unnoticed; cos even The Lord is busy watching him bat!!!

  • on February 26, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    The greatest ever, but this record is not unassailable. There are a few batsmen today capable of overtaking this score. It would be especially nice however, if it was done by Sehwag, who is the most likely.

    ROHIT MEHRA

  • Sourabha4u on February 26, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    @true indian lover: Dear Kid, U r right. Saeed anwar is better, u r true pakistan lover. U dont love cricket. If Saeed Anwar is really great,so why he didn't played 400+ ODI? Only GREAT players only can play so much matches. WAKE UP WAKE UP.

    U do study for ur exams, god bless u. I hope within two to four years u will pass exam.

  • Oldmanmartin on February 26, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    No record is unassailable, but this is a landmark as well and it is entirely appropriate that Tendulkar should set it. He's a phenomenon, a modest man with nothing to be modest about. More, please, Sachin.

  • RockyRulez on February 26, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    It doesnt really matter How many achieve 200 after this HE WILL ALWAYS REMAIN THE FIRST ONE TO ACHIEVE THAT ON THIS PLANET

  • Subhra_stat on February 26, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    This is Subhra from Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta. I have no doubt that Sachin is one of the all time best batsman. But I am very sorry to say that he is not the best team man. He has always batted at the safe position in both test as well as ODI cricket (opening in ODI, and no. 4 in test). In many occasions, when team is suffering in lack of opener in test, in those cases, Dravid opens the innings although he does not open in ODI whereas our two glamorous cricketers Sachin or Ganguly never committed themselves in the crisis moment. Also, in the post match press conference, he criticized the decision of declaration made by Dravid in the Multan test as he lost the opportunity to score double hundred. More over, it is appropriate to remember that he could not score a single century in his first 75 ODIs when his batting position was no. 4. One of the main reason of his so many runs in ODI cricket is inherent in his batting position.

  • PadmarajSaptasagar on February 26, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    Hi, I is incredible stuff,I was just sat on a chair and never moved till he reached 200.We are fortunate to born in same ear of sachin.We are proudly say that"Sachin is an Indian and he is our demigod". WHere is Mr.Ian Chappell,may be waiting for a knock from Ponting to compare with sachin's and say Ponditing is best. Plz read hussain's comments which truly reflect the sports worlds thoughts on SACHIN - THE BHARAT RATNA

  • on February 26, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    i like so mach sachine tendulkar playing .same sehwag allso playing very very good. indian eveybody love them.

  • JAYDE6 on February 26, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Come on guys. Come back down to Earth. I would say Sachin's 117 against Australia in the C&U series final in 2008 as his very best, coz it came on a difficult wicket, against a quality attack. Even though this innings is groundbreaking and monumental, the FLAAAAT track on which it is scored takes some shine of it. As the good indians we are, we are obessed with records more than winning.

  • RVD22 on February 26, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    What a Batsman...! It was a mind boggling innings... I do not want to make any comparisons with former greats... All i want to say " Dear Sachin, Thank u very much for this Innings. You are a Legend"

    Regards, Prabhakaran.G

  • IRANNA_KALYANI on February 26, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    dear VIRENDER SEHWAG,

    you are one of the great batsman, u can break any kind of record in any format....

    ifu becomes more patience i sure nothing is impossible for u...before going to play any innings in test/odi remember yor innings against south africa in nagpur in 1st innings... .. if devolepes that patience in your all innings , u bond to break all records and win many many matches for india..

    PLEASE DONT THINK ABOUT RETIRING AFTER PLAYING 100 TESTS,LOOK AT YOUR ROLE MODEL SACHIN, LIKE HIM SERVE THE COUNTRY FOR LONG PERIOD OF TIME,INDIA NEEDS U THE MOST AFTER U PLAYS 100 TESTS, PLEASE PLAY MINIMUM 130 TEST MATCHES FOR INDIA....GOD BLESS U, I AM YOUR GREATEST FAN IN OUR PLANET...

  • rohan667 on February 26, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Most people says Sachin is a living legend...does he? i don't think so...for me he is GOD...

  • whirlwindza on February 26, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Messages of congratulation are pouring in from around the world - and it is quite possible that one of those messages may come from former Australian women's captain, Belinda Clark. Because while Tendulkar is the first man to reach the magical number, Clark did it 13 years ago, against Denmark in the Women's World Cup in India in 1997. Clark made 229 not out, batting for 181 minutes and scoring 22 boundaries, as Australia notched up 412 for three, before bowling Denmark out for 49. Cricinfo describes Clark as a giant of the Australian game both on and off the field, where she combined the roles of player and captain with that of chief executive of Women's Cricket Australia.

  • on February 26, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    sachin is very most popular in world cricketer

  • c.anoop on February 26, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    @true_indian_lover: Charles Coventry has played 26 ODIs and has already equalled Sayeed Anwar's 194 with a career average of 27. Do you think he is better than Syeed Anwar?

  • on February 26, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    sachin is an awesome batsmen hope he plays till 2020...

  • joey81 on February 26, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    nice to hear first hand info from student about the master.

  • on February 26, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    Well I have no words to Praise Sachin Tendulkar. You all have said a lot which is still not enough. But here I will like to talk about Sehwag and few others who deserve to get a 200 other then Sachin. 1 I can think of is Sanath Jaysurya and second is Sehwag. Smith Might reach near but I doubt he will make it to 200. So Sanath and Sehwag - All you need to do is play 50 overs. I doubt Sanath can do it now and Sehwag - You will have to have patience to do this. :) But before that... Even Sachin can do it again.

    All the best

  • spiritwithin on February 26, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    @true_indian_lover....the greatness of an innings is not defined by the number of matches played by the batsman,hope u understand this little secret, and saeed anwar btw did'nt scored 200(irrespective of the no. of innings) and its sachin tendulkar who is da 1st one to reach there...i think u dont understand cricket properly hence the naive comment..

  • shesha_av on February 26, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Sachinnnn you are the best......Wonderful innings... 200 was deserved only by you.......... and as you said "if this record is broken it will be by an INDIAN". People who commented on your 200* (Inam Zia,true indian lover bla bla bla) are getting the right answer by real cricket lovers. And some one posted a link informed us that BJ clark scored 229*.Thanks for the information... the match was b/w aus women vs Denmark women....Aus scored 412 in 50 overs...Denmark allout for 49!!!!!! I think you got what i am trying to say...Stop comparing Sachin's records with others... ONLY SACHIN CAN BE COMPARED TO SACHIN

  • spiritwithin on February 26, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    @SIREN6800....the test series b/w india & SA were not on a flat dead track otherwise the result wud'nt hav been by a margin as huge as innings...and sachin scored runs all around da world infact sachin has more average in australia than in india(in tests) so can i say australian pitches r flat?? sachin also has more centuries & runs outside india too....so its time to wake up and see da reality..

  • SachSehSantosh on February 26, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    I thought Viru will get 200 If he bats till the end in any ODI match,but the way he plays he has to be calm and cool to do so.Another fact that we can't ignore is that in this match Sachin has pressure in initial overs only(When Sehwag was out),Every batsman be it Kartik,Pathan or Dhoni contributed a lot in building this inning, even Sachin has admitted this very frankly.

  • mrgupta on February 26, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    For all people who wants to compare Anwar's feat with Sachin... Trivia... How many 150+ scores does Saeed Anwar has? Ans -1, how many does Sachin has? Ans- 5. This would tell u a lot about the Master's class. I am not against Sanwar but i cannot hold myself when people try to pull down Sachin's amazing achievements. The most difficult thing about reaching to 200 runs in ODI innings would be the Stamina. Its not only abt Batting, its about holding urself for 3.5 hrs in the field and running hard for every run, its about your concentration.... If not for Afridi's hard running that day Anwar would have never reached the record... it can be easily understood by the fact that he never again reached 150+ score in ODIs. Its little easier to do in Test as u get rest after every 2 hrs, but not in ODI... Its a real test of ur fitness and concentration to play entire 50 overs "without using a runner".

  • Alexk400 on February 26, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Sehwag is GOD not sachin.

    Sachin play for personal milestones on every match past 10 years against the wishes of team.

    It is well proven.

    Nothing special , another useless stat.

  • adonisvinit on February 26, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    @true_indian_lover??wat d hell is dis??R u berserk or wat??u tl me 1 thng hw many times ur so called saeed anwar got past 150 n in dos 244 matches wats his average!!any1 can maintain larger average in less no f matches bt sachin has mor average dan ur SAEED ANWAR even after 431 matches.n to maintain d same enthusiasm aftr 20 years is nt easy n saeed anwar ws nt capable f dng so..........n dats y he is nt sachin!!Hw dare u compare sachin wid saeed anwar??i thnk even b4 dis knock sachin ws far n far better dan saeed.....!!remember bradman dint tell dat saeed anwar plays lik him............n don bradman is undisputed king of cricket evrybody knws dat so please shut d.................!!

  • KhanFromAus on February 26, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    There are only two types of batsmen in the world 1, Sachin Tendulkar and 2, all other batsmen. Hats off to the greatest batsman ever produced by India. I feel so proud as an Indian when people from other countries praise this great cricketer. Thanks Sachin you have made us (Indians) proud once again.

    Khan Australia

  • lynds on February 26, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    OMG. What else is there to say, except that we have been privileged to see the greatest ODI performance of all time. He looked like he'd do it from the first shot off Parnell for four. Truly the Master.

  • on February 26, 2010, 6:50 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 respe

  • itsme_rano on February 26, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    @chokkashokka

    anyone who thinks cricket or golf for that matter is not an athletically demanding sport then they most prolly never played those sports competitively. yes they don't have the physical demands of any contact sports but it requires stamina and metal strength. to go full throttle for any batsman for 10 overs kills them. if it was easy then so many years of top class sports science would make an Australian batsman be in his shoes. its not that batting is not physically demanding, its just that it seems that way because most smart great batsmen know how to pace themselves. so it seems like they are not doing much. from personal experience i know to go full throttle like he did it takes everything out of you. it is an extreme feat to be playing the way he is at 36, make no mistake.

  • ZA77 on February 26, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    I think Tendulkar is legend and better than others. Gavaskar said he is better batsman than Legend Bradman, I think it is also right. Now we should respect him as a legend cricketer better than others in many terms.

    He played cricket in 50-60 different grounds in ten countries with 13 grounds in India in five different continents in which almost 50 bowlers took 100 or more wicket in their test career then 25-30 bowlers took 200 or more wickets in their careers then 15 bowlers took 300 or more and then eight bowlers 400 or more and then four bowlers 500 or more. He played professional bowlers.

    With all respect to him, Sir. Bradman played cricket with half career time less on ten different grounds in two countries with 5 grounds in Australia and five in England in which six bowlers took 100 or more wickets in their test career in which one bowler took 200 or more wickets in his career, in which three bowlers came after world war II. He played amatuer bowlers.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 26, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    @ true_indian_lover CK Coventry scored 194 with lesser number of games than Anwar. Do you know that? Also, Sachin scored 200 not 194. Anwar got 2 lifes in his 194 but Sachin's 200 was a perfect one. Anwar's innings can compare with CK Coventr's - not with a 200 performance.

  • Koooll on February 26, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    I was in a train when this magnificent feat happened.Yet i knew what was happening on every ball,people were interested to talk to their relatives and friends about this only ,on phone, such is the craze for this maestro, he can stop time in this country.Every time i think , now this is the peak of batting anyone can touch, he introduces something new.20 years of constant improvement, perseverance , concentration and patience .... Go on Sachin...WE WANT MORE!!!

  • charanramaswamy on February 26, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    @true_indian_lover , i hate to compare anyone with sachin..he can score a 200 even at this age, saeed anwar had a by runner to make his 194 thirteen yrs b4..it is not the 200 tat really matters, it speaks abt the way he has played with his worn down body all these yrs with so much of consistency..when saeed anwar could do with a by runner, a stroke of luck can even make yuvi or sehwag to hit a 200 in the near future..

  • SatyajitM on February 26, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    I just upgraded Sachin as the best ODI batsman ever in my book pipping Viv Richards. @true_indian_lover, you got it wrong! Sachin has played 441 ODI matches before this and not 431 as mentioned by you. That is precisely the scariest thing for bowlers all around the world! If this guy can keep playing better and better at an age close to 37, what is going to happen to them in coming few years? Most batsmen peak around late twenties/early thirtees and then wane away slowly (happened to Anwar and even great Viv Richards). Sachin is peaking late thirtees (probably making up for the years lost in injury). @SIREN6800, well intentioned but ill informed comment. You know what? Sachin by some magic heard your plea 20 yrs back. He averages 58.5 in Aus and 62 in Eng (talking about the longer version).

  • anil2340581 on February 26, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    All what i want from the bottom of my heart is that sachin should not play for IPL . I think he has nothing to prove to anyone now.I also know that he is not playing for money. I firmly feel that he should play more in ODIs and TEST MATCHES . He should play in all ODIs and TESTs in next 3-4 years and give all indians a chance to talk about sachin and his record which he left behind him .

  • DheerajS on February 26, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    My top favorites for the next 200 - David Warner, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting, Chris Gayle, AB Devilliers, Kevin Peitersen, Sachin, Sehwag, Sangakkara, Dilshan.

  • on February 26, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    Sehwag said this in simple style .."I think he is in better form now than he was in 1998" Many people were always lost in 90`s tendulkar and 2000`s tendulkar.. Tendulkar is just tendulkar. Now we wanna see 400+ score by Sehwag or Tendulkar :)

  • Netaji_121 on February 26, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    "@True_indian_lover.....i think no pakistan cricket fan is able to digest this success of an indian batsman....for the years we all were tolerating a good pakistan batsman to be on top of the chart for max. runs in an innings in ODI & now its turn that the whole world (including Pakistan) should admit that we r leader in world cricket...& that SACHIN IS THE BEST.....& yeah it was good that you have ur exams during that period...coz u really dont deserve to watch such a fabulous innings from a legend..."

  • basshred on February 26, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    Funny that Sehwag shall say Sachin was not thinking too much..I thought that was Sehwag's job!

  • Rastus on February 26, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    Why should Sachin retire at 36. The great Jack Hobbs scored a hundred first class hundreds after the age of 40 including a test century at 46. If he stays fit we could have the pleasure of watching him for at least another 5 years.

  • on February 26, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    we all indians loved watching u play, we still love u watching u play.......the 200 u scored vll ever be in our minds. we worship u for ur love and passion to the game. u r the best batsman ever ever have played cricket in this planet. i think u have rewritten the record books almost 99%. there is only one more waiting for u is 400 runs by brian lara in test cricket.......we would love u to do that.........3 cheers to srt hip hip hip hip hurray!

  • sat79 on February 26, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Words are not enough to describe the brilliance, commitment and passion of Sachin. However I would like to appreciate Sehwag here. We have seen many comments by several present and past cricketers on Sachin's 200. But this one from Sehwag is in a class of its own. It shows he has so much deep understanding on the game. It also shows his passion and his understanding of Sachin's batting. No doubt together they play so nice.

  • inderjitvm on February 26, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    @true_indian_lover

    So you are saying Sachin took 431 matches and 20 years to reach this summit and Anwar did it in 244 matches and 13 years, so Anwar is a better batsmen?!

    Now Anwar's joint record holder Coventry leveled Anwar's record in 15 matches and 6 years in international career, so are you saying Coventry is a better batsmen than Anwar and Sachin?!

  • Zigor on February 26, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    Sehwag would be the next one to get 200+ in a one day game .It's just matter of time.

  • on February 26, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Sachin played an incredible innings.I am still waiting for a triple century from him in tests.Thats the only record left for him to accomplish.I think the only other players who can make a double century in one day cricket is sehwag and gibbs.Gibs is a gem to watch when he is in full form.Sachin should be preserved for important tours and matches now and should not be played in each and every match.This would give him much needed rest also.A triple century from sachin is not to far away now.

  • JanV on February 26, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    What a knock by Sashin. Even though it was with great despair that i was watching Sashin destroy our South African attack, at the back of my mind I still cheered on Sashin and said, go for, you can do it. Don Bradman was a very exceptional player, one could only wonder what type of scores and records he would have made in this day and age when cricket is much different than it was in the days before. However, I do not think the 2 could be compared to each other. Don Bradman was most certainly the greatest batsman of his era, but in this new generation, there is no master like Sashin when it comes to batting. As we see records being broken almost on a weekly basis, and batting getting stronger and stronger, I have no doubt that we will see this record broken at some stage. However, with that I have to say, a greater batsman than Sashin Tendulkar this world has not seen, and I doubt that for a long time we will see one greater. Well done Sashin, you are absolutely brilliant!!!!!!

  • Cric-Aficionado on February 26, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Sachins Feat is INSPIRATION to all.. many wil try to achieve it .

    GET THE CD/DVD guya.

    IT would be BEST DAY IN ONE DAY CRICKET HISTORY WHEN , SEHWAG and SACHIN OPENING THE BATTING WOULD LAST FOR 50 Overs.. 450 /0 ( 50 Overs) Sachin : 200 + * Sehvag: 200+ *

    Book CD guys..

  • HemantKaliwada on February 26, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    hahaha this guy is funny >>true_indian_lover - i guess he doesnt kno wat he talks abt, if that is the case then the batsmen who scored a triple ton earliest in a test playing career is the greatest of them all right ? haha i guess even the bowler who took the maximum number of wickets in his first match wuld be far better than wasim pidge or waqar hahahaha

  • on February 26, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    What a gem. Sachin you are simply the BEST. As far as his critics are concerned. Idiots is the solitary term that springs to mind. With bat in hand Sachin is unrivalled and will be for eternity. There are no comparisons.....truly the games finest pupil/product. His hunger for runs is impossible to fathom. He has no need to play...not for money nor does he need to prove himself to anyone. Point to note is his want/hunger to play the game he loves.

  • inderjitvm on February 26, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Nothing ever can happen to cricket like SACHIN!

  • vineetphysics2006 on February 26, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    thanks SACHIN , FOR SO MANY SMILES, I'M AT IITKGP ,returned to my hostel when he was on 82, when his century was over well within time I said to my friend after calculations that the master can hit a double yon but nobody believed me , the hall was packed with not even an inch AND when the moment arrived we celebrated it like we were 5 year olds got a nice toy, truly remarkable experience ,then there was diwali like atmosphere at the institute with firecrackers and chants of sachin sachin......THANS THE GREATEST BATSMAN EVER FOR SO MINE SMILES ON NO. OF FACES. KEEP GOING WE WANT 100 TONS

  • muski on February 26, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    One cant find fault with Naser Hussain when he declared that Sachin is better than Sir Don. Lets forget the outrageous average of Bradman for a second. Life is not about ifs an buts and like Sidhu said if my uncle was a woman she would have been my aunty. In any sphere of life, a person is judged by Statistics. If Federer is acclaimed as the greatest Tennis player ever, its becoz of the number of Grand Slams he has one. Tendular's double hundred in ODI is equivalent to Federer winning the French- with that monkey of his back, they believed he can be called the greatest. This debate will certainly be put to rest in a years time by which Sachin would go past 100 International Hundreds. When you compare the closest man behind him is about 25 behind, no one need to speak- The figures will do all the talking. What for are we waiting Honorable President of India- Pl hand over the Bharat Ratna to this little man- what more we want him to achieve to make him believe that he deserves it.

  • Cricfan27 on February 26, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Long Live Sachin Tendulkar! Pray U make more and more records. YOUR number of records is a record!

  • on February 26, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    My eyes were having tears .....I could not control them after all he deserved it. No word to explain all this.

  • CricFan24 on February 26, 2010, 4:37 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 TENDULAKR & AFTER TENDULKAR!!!

  • roo123 on February 26, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    macashok....I believe I spotted a slight mistake in your comment. The best ODI team in the world is australia by a fair way, as all games home and away over the past couple of years, particularly 2009, have shown :)

  • Saifsamim on February 26, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    Sachin Tendulker, The name for the Cricketing legend for all over the world. He is the star, he had the ability to break the record of high score and he did. He is amusing player wonderful patince during his nock against south Africa. I am speechless to admire his cricketing time. ICC should award him with lots of honor. thank you, Saiful Rahman from Afghanistan.

  • MinusZero on February 26, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    I hope there are many more years of Sachin to come. At 36, he could be around for 3 or 4 more yet. Steve Waugh played till he was 38, Jayasuriya is still going at 40. I would love him to get 50 centuries in tests and odi's and just keep going. What a legend.

  • Shehan_S on February 26, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    Only pitches in Inida can produce this sort of records. With the world cup in India all the World records are in danger.

  • on February 26, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Sachin is noy just India's hero. He is also Pakistan's Hero and mine personally. Yes he is the best ever, even better than Bradman.I guess no Pakistani should cast any doubts about the beauty of Sachin's innings just because he broke Saeed Anwar's record. Records are there to be broken and sooner or later somebody will break this record as well. But for now stand up for the Little Master and be proud of him being from this part of the world

  • uglyhunK on February 26, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    People are little unrealistic in expecting Sachin to score 400 in tests. Not that he can't but with the kind of batting line up India is having, it is stacked highly against any player, even for Sehwag. 400 score by a batsman not just requires talent but a perfect match situation too. Imagine this, if Sachin score 200 in a test, wat would the team score be ?? at least 400 ?? If Sachin scores 400, then team score would be atleast 750+. Highly unlikely unfortunately. Only with weak batting lineups that kinda score is a realistic option

  • on February 26, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Sachin you are born for cricket.. Congratulations.

    Especially as Indian i am really proud of you.. Even in a easy run track scoring 200runs is not easy job. Other batsman in other country scored high runs in easy run tracks only.. So please dont criticise about the run track.. Sitting here we can say any thing about the innings.. But when you are playing for the country and especially from all the countries peoples watching you scoring runs is not a easy one... Also you need to conisder he has scored 200 runs aganist South Africa Styen, Langel velt, Kallis bowling attach also difficult one. Definitely the full credit goes to Sachin for his calm and experience innings. All his shots are made in book. Definitely he is an Cricket Legend. We need to be very proud that legend belongs to our country... Thai Manne Vanakam...

  • on February 26, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    @MrSiren6800. get your facts right. sachin scored 26 of his 47 test centuries outside india out of which 6 came in so the called foreign land of australia. in 16 matches he played over there he scored 1522 runs with the avg of 58 & above which is better than his overall Avg. in England his test Avg is 62 & scored 4 centuries in 13 matches. So from the above mentioned Stats which you can verify at cricinfo's statguru it is clear that sachin has performed & proved himself by playing remarkably well in all the parts of the world

  • smokingfly on February 26, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    @true_indian_lover - How many overs did your Mr Saeed manage to stand on his own feet - only 19. How many times did your Mr Saeed manage to cross 150+ scores except the 194 - NIL. How many total matches did your Mr Saeed manage to play in his entire career - I am afraid the count is almost half of Sachin.

    Now - No of centuries from Mr Anwar - 20 in 247 games. Sachin has 46 in 442 minus 75(approx) games he took to score the first one, so thats 46 in 367. 93 50+ scores from Sachin, and 43 from your beloved mr Saeed.

    2 away centuries from total of 20 for Mr Saeed and 11 away centuries from 46 for Sachin. I have not considered scores on neutral venues.

    I will be kind enough to not consider test scores coz that will be injustice to Mr Anwar as he doesnt stand anywhere in the proximity of Sachin.

    So, please check your mouth before it starts speaking about a legend and let me know if you need more stats comparison.

  • thisisfun on February 26, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    What a mega fluke! So many years in selfish cricket might bring one good day!

  • chokkashokka on February 26, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    I believe we'll get to see him do it again. Another 200+ is quite possible. I don't see him retiring for some time - why should he? He's only 36 and he plays cricket - not exactly the most demanding of sports, atheletically speaking, for a batsman. All these people who've been talking of retirement are so pathetically out of shape or living under a rock. Its 2010 and the advances in exercise, nutirition and supplemental science are unparalleled. He's a professional athelete with access to knowledge and expertise that most people can only dream of. Brett Favre, Kurt Warner, Jerry Rice, ....the list goes on for those who've performed at the top of their game in the NFL and other sports that make cricket look like golf from a perspective of atheletic demands. That would go for Dravid and Laxman as well - the young guys will have to wait another 3 years or so and get even better. 40 is the new 30 - lets see another 200 Sachin !!

  • Lord.Sharma on February 26, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    @true_indian_lover are you kidding me man? whats wrong with you? if I didn't have exams rite now...i would calculate the number of innings by all batsmen in the history of ODI cricket and then then the 431 matches played by Sachin will seem minuscule. Something that hasnt been done in the history, the HISTORY of ODI cricket has just been accomplished but poorly educated people like you undermine such incredible achievements. You are shameful man, let alone Indian lover you arent a lover of cricket if you cant understand the greatness of such as an achievement. When your exams are done, go calculate the number of batsmen that have come close to beating 194 but not done so... then you will understand what all the rave is about.

  • smokingfly on February 26, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    All I want to say - Thank You Sachin.

  • macashok on February 26, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    Its not just the 200 run score. Its the way that sachin made it. Without giving a chance in the entire innings. Against the best ODI team and against the no 1 ODI bowler. Could not have got better. Not even once he looked like he was gonna get out. And after reaching 150, it looked pretty sure that he will reach 200. and he did... Only sehwag has the capability and charisma to reach there. And if he remains not out and rest assured he would have made a score of 250+ and india 450+

  • scoundrel on February 26, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    Oh How great it is to be unique cricketer..? That too as an Indian..The enthusiasm of Sachin even after 20 or so years of cricket is amazing. Normally player perform their best when the reach their peak.Bu Sachin is the only player who is improving day by day. I only wish his body(I mean the physical fitness..at the age of 40!) cooperates with his devotion to cricket in coming years... Kudos to Sachin.

  • on February 26, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    The great thing about this feat is not just scoring the 200 but the patience and the control of mind that Sachin showed is remarkable. It's about controlling the concentration and keeping the focus and that is what Sachin has done, runs just flow as the process. If any younger guy achieved this feat that is not a surprise but Saching doing is a true amaze. At the age of 37 he showed he is younger by heart and thinking. Hats off to his ability to focus and control the body. Especially when he showed the character of patience in last 8 overs no one else can do that. He was not at all in a hurry to reach that land mark. He was patiently waiting till last over man that kind of control only few can posses.

  • on February 26, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    great player in the world master blaster sachin tendulkar wish him make more record in cricket history ALL THE BEST MY LITTLE CHAMP

  • maddy20 on February 26, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    Another see the ball and hit it article by Sehwag. Now we why he likes to get to 300 with a six! @true_indian_lover You said "thanks to my exams I cannot spend tym finding the number of matches he played before his 194 else it would have been a nightmare for tendulkar fans"

    I know you are a Pakistani and Saeed Anwar did it with a runner from around the half-way mark. Thanks to my work I cannot spend time trying to Figure out howmany runs he has scored before taking a runner otherwise it will be nightmare for Saeed Anwar's fans!

    @Siren Tendulkar averages around 50 in Australia and England. Time to wake up to reality!

  • ObserverUS on February 26, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    As close to cricket perfection as we will ever see, not a bad stroke in the lot and a stellar performance against a top bowling lineup that tried everything possible in a fair way.

    As with every great innings Sachin had a few moments of luck, shots just eluding the fielders, a wave to a wide delivery that misses instead of feathered to a soft dismissal. But the challenge is to take advantage of the lucky moments and this performance should be studied for years.

    Due to the late hour on the US west coast I didn't expect to watch more than the first 10 overs or so but stayed with this through the end (nearly 5 am) and it was worth every second. And a nomination to M.S. Dhoni as well for a more than entertaining support role in the sprint to the finish.

    It was all just how it should be.

  • Deenesh on February 26, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    The greatest ever, but this record is not unassailable. There are a few batsmen today capable of overtaking this score. It would be especially nice however, if it was done by Sehwag, who is the most likely.

  • vraghu on February 26, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    I confess that Sehwag will be by eternal favourite. As far as Sachin is concerned he will be remembered by many as perhaps the greatest if only after the Don and there cannot be any dispute on that. But for sheer pleasure, guts and entertainment to keep you at the edge, it is forever Veeru.It is Veeru's back the opponents want to see than any one else. Again Sachin should now play his test innings as uninhibited and free stroking as in Jaipur ODI, especially in feather bed pitches. Sure,more than Veeru he can last more than 100 overs and break Lara's 400+. Sehwag more prone to risk taking will throw his wicket, but Sachin may not. And what a day it would be if both can partner together in a test, matching stroke for stroke. It would be a sight for gods.And Veeru, try be at the crease for 4 sessions and 400 would be in your grasp.Only more than anybody else in the world would have more opportunities than even Sachin as the latter may get back to cautious batting out of habit.

  • KirGop on February 26, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    SRT of post australia tour vintage is the best there was. Better than the 98 vintage. Its the current patch that takes him above his contempories Ponting and Lara. You will probably have to pause when comparing him with Viv. If you get past Viv, theres only Sir Don to compare with.

  • on February 26, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    200 without a life. I just can't believe that kind of control on bat. We won't see another such batsman for another century. But again, if I have to put my money on someone else, that is definitely be Viru. Only he has the capacity to reach 250 in ODI and it wouldn't be a surprise if he reaches in the next few years.

  • manzee on February 26, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    SACHIN,hearfelt congratulations on getting a magneficiet 200* in 1day interternational.You are woderful.You made my 15 years long awaited dream come true.You are very lucky that there are billions of people around the globe(not only in india&indians) who love you soooo much&i am one of them.Your modesty&humbelness makes you even greater and loving.You never talk from your mouth to shut the big mouths of those few people who have nothing better to do in theire lives than to criticise but you rather let your bat to talk on your behalf.If somebody tries to spit on the moon,it comes right back on him.Like Gavasker said keep going and make some even bigger milestone to achieve, i.e. like 450 in a test inning or 250 in a 1day game.Good Luck.

  • Manush on February 26, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    After Sachin, Sehwag and Gambir have chances to achieve this feat. Sachin right from te first ball he faced was in fine nick and palyed a gem of an innings as though he has just began his career in Cricket.

  • on February 26, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    sachin is a cricket legend. He made the history all of us ( cricket fans) proud on him. well dun sachin and a lot congratlation

  • SIREN6800 on February 26, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    Well done Suchin your are great. you have proved it again and again.However still you have to demonstrate the same kind of perfromance on a foreign soil, particularly in England and Australia.As only these both countries prepare true sporting wickets. Scoring such centuries on dead south asian wickets is not secret.If you recall, recently in a test match both teams in their first inning scored almost 1500 runs and not to mention Feroz SHAH kotla, where a match was abandonned .

  • Jiggo on February 25, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    We can now put to rest the guessing of who would win the next year's ODI knock of the year award...!!!

  • true_indian_lover on February 25, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    It took him 431 matches, 20 years 2 months and 6 days to score 200 in a single inning. Not a feat. For comparision sake saeed anwar played 244 matches in his career which spanned 13 years. thanks to my exams I cannot spend tym finding the number of matches he played before his 194 else it would have been a nightmare for tendulkar fans. His 194 was in 1997.

  • Subra on February 25, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    IF one of these days Sehwag gets to bat 50 overs, will 300 be safe? Will a team total of 500 be reached? Although I would feel sorry for the poor bowlers, it would be a feast for the spectators and would bring back the crowds to watch ODIs. Viru, I hope you get to read this and I will be watching (on TV) you. Siva from Singapore

  • jimchew2005 on February 25, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    When Roger Bannister broke the 4 min barrier for the mile, few believed it could be done. Countless others have broken the barrier. Well - Sachin has done it - 200 runs! Sehwag can do it, and may others follow Sachin's amazing feat. This calls for the kind of discipline, concentration, and all the God-given talent and hard work that world-class players put in. Congratulations Sachin - do it again!

  • shaurya on February 25, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    Sachin tendulkar- I have no words for this man.. A gem..Sir I salute you.. I could not stop my tears of Joy when you got there.. I always wanted you to acheive this feat.. U r a true inspiration for any youngster on earth on how to live and excel in life. So,disciplined and so humble. I wish a long and even more success. What you have done for the country is MORE than enough..Bt the fact is that when it comes to u..expectations will always be there..You are the son of god. The son of every mother in india. God bless you sachin sir..I am lucky that you played during my generation. I will always tell my kids that there was a sachin tendulkar and there nver will be another one..

  • RameshSubramaniam on February 25, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    Rightly said. Congratulations for being the first man to score 200 in an ODI. Who knows? He could be the only man. Dhoni may not be a good statergizer like Ponting or Jayawardane but he had developed the unity in the Team. It should not be forget only Tendulkar recommended his name for the captaincy. He knows there are Dhonis, Rainas , Shewags, Ghambirs who can win matches even if he get out. So unlike 90s, Tendulkar is playing without any pressure. So he should have dedicated to this century to Team India as well as the people of India, what he did. In a decade of cricket, I never seen Tendulkar hug Dravid or Ganguly. Only there will be a formal handshake. But you can see the team eagerly waiting for their teammates milestone.Only missing is Tendulkar's super bowling. I guess he is the one of the most underrated part time bowler.When everyone is happy about Tendulkar's milestone, we should not forget we are loosing the battle between bat and ball which might kill the gam

  • nirvana_1959 on February 25, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    I consider myself extremely lucky to have witnessed this amazing feat. Thanks to ATN (Canada) for covering it. Woke up at 3:30AM and was worth every second thereafter!!!

  • kunal_1192 on February 25, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    WOW...........ok he proved again.............HE IS A BEAST!!!!!!!..........WE ALL KNOW HE IS GOING TO CRICKET HALL OF FAME...........AND I THINK ICC SHOULD GIVE HIM A 'CRICKET - HOOD".....LIKE KNIGHTHOOD...........I AM SERIOUS...........HE IS UNSTOPPABLE FORCE...............HE IS A SYMBOL OF EXCELLENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 25, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Sachin has done the unthinkable. Now it is Sehwag's turn. Sachin has got almost every record. The only record he needs is 400+ & winning the world cup. Hopefully he gets both by the end of 2011.

  • on February 25, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    I really thanks to Sachin parents to gave a birth child like him. not only entire cricket team,all indian also proud to him..........

  • babum123 on February 25, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    I have never seen any sports person dominating their respective sport or a game for more than 10 years in the modern sports era... Mr.Sachin has been dominating the game from last 15years...hats off to one of the greatest sports person...

    Looks wonderful to see

    Highest ODI score-200*-Sachin Tendulkar Highest Test score-400*-Brian Lara

    They are the Best...

  • on February 25, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    Congrats MASTER BLASTER THE GREAT SACHIN TENDULKAR. In my opinion, Sachin is one of those players who respect the game and its soul that is why ALLAH has betowed him with such blessings and greatest height of success.

  • Codenames on February 25, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    With t20 becoming popular among players, cricket itself is shifting to a more unorthodox, innovative game with bigger bats(bigger batsmen to wield those bats), innovative shots(switch hits, dilscoops ) etc. Batsman are more like bodybuilders, fearsome with massive bats needing only to get tiny bat to ball to get a boundary. Considering all of this, it was great to see the technical, orthodox innings of Tendulkar... proving that as far as cricket is moving away from the basics... it is the basics which can prove to be most destructive. Bravo tendulkar... I am truly honored to have seen that innings of yours... even though I support SA. There was a bradman era, now there is a Tendulkar era... Who will the next great be??? The bar has been set very high

  • afnan_88 on February 25, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    he was in 190s in 45th over , did`t get much strike in last 5 overs otherwise he could have made 225 + , still an unbeleiveable acievement by him . . .

  • vmurali62 on February 25, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    The day before the ODI, I predicted to my friends that Sehwag (I am a major fan) was in-line for a double century in Gwalior. I based this on his form, the Gwalior wicket, the smaller square boundaries, and lightning fast outfield. I was INCREDIBLY thrilled that Sachin got there first. Sachin is often raised to the pedestal as a cricket God and the same folks tear him down after each failure. He is a cricketing genius, who loves playing cricket, and most of all has a fantastic head on his shoulders. Can you imagine any one of us handling the kind of adulation, unwarranted career advice, and media scrutiny with the equanimity he does. He is a role model as a human being. It makes me sad to think that he will not grace us with his presence in the cricket field in a short few years. Let us enjoy his craft to the fullest. Thanks Sachin.

  • true_indian_lover on February 25, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    A fitting tribute to the Master from the Blaster...Would love to see these two casting the same spell of magic overseas (though none of these two needs to prove anything else to anyone)...God bless you all for providing us some wonderful moments like this.

  • knowledge_eater on February 25, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    This guy (Sachin) talks about destiny, are you kidding me? He has written his own destiny. It is just amazing how great sportsmen talk about destiny. I don't believe in destiny, but i think it is respect for his satisfaction for game. If you look around the globe and look at greats, i find common traits with some, that they are not as egoistic as some flammable players. I think for sportsman, the first thing they have to control or master is their ego. Then, success will come easily. Its great that Sehwag is learning from this. We all know what happened to players who ran after ego. By tagging "I am the one" "I am the king of the world" Little bit confident is good, may be for some players overconfident works, but when they cross line of overconfident and go towards ego. You will see the downfall of players. Young players are learning from this, is great to see. Peace

  • on February 25, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    sachin is the BOSS..thats all....

  • kriskini on February 25, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    I like Sehwag better than Sachin. Its not that I hate Sachin. Sehwag is just 31. If Sachin can play great innings at close to 37 then Sehwag and all Indian young players should be inspired a lot. Sehwag is already great. With a bit of more patience I cannot Imagine his innings. More than breaking records winning crucial matches is important. Sehwag is the way.

  • anteshbansal on February 25, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    The bigger reason for India's recent success is the performance and maturity senior members of the team have shown over the years. All of them Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Kumble have been the back bone of this Indian team and it's the young who have evolved around them learning and making a mark. In the past, the senior members were always a liability and struggling to keep their place in the side and where included on count of their experience rather than performance.

  • on February 25, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    The two pillars of Indian Cricket team - the master and the apprentice ! Glad to see the bonding ! God bless !!

  • mnk_agg on February 25, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    He is probably the only sportsman India has produced, who deserves a Bharat Ratna. Hail the LORD! Jai ho!

  • on February 25, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    hope sachin and sehwag both scores double century in same match that too in world cup final next year...amen...

  • STAL on February 25, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    That was really a nice article from Sehwag and he truly speaks about his strenghts and weaknesses so as about Sachin's... Only Sach can play such an inning!!!

  • psw82 on February 25, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    very true.. I really like the honest opinion about the team mate.. Great innings to be remembered for long long time.. some how i think that as no body has done this in the past it may appear daunting task however now everybody might have started thinking that if I play 150 balls I can make it... surely the courage and discipline shown by sachin is amazing.. would like to see more to come from him and others to get motivated.. I would see this as an invention made by sachin and others will be using same recipe to get there.. a great help, motivation for cricketing world..

  • DSUS on February 25, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    I remember when I was barely 11-12 yrs old when my elder cousin told me that there is a new prodigy in the Indian team who does not respect any bowler and has hit one of the fastests half centuries albeit in an exhibition match. From then I have been a great admirer of one who is now regarded as one of the best ever. There were times when it was like "Sachin out to India has no chance" for a considerable period. During those times he gave us two best one days ever played - both at Sarjah (sandstorm and all). More than runs and centuries this man has given emotional confidence to us. I felt very emotional when he created history since I have grown up watching him. Its not a surprise that he has got this, but its a surprise that it took this long.

  • on February 25, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Sachin is the ONE sehwag seems to be trying to match himself with Sachin

  • nileshmittal on February 25, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Talent is like raw iron and you can mold into a strong and sharp sword depends on how strong you are mentally and that exactly is the difference between him and the other great players of the game. World would call him greaaa888888888 sometime and sometime not but sachin as you can see waves his bats first to the god almighty as if God is the one who is the onyl greater to him and sachin is showing the God that see I can also do some wonders here on earth So basically Sachin has no competition Dont you feel guys..........

  • on February 25, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    I am really glad that it came from the bat of Sachin. He is a genius. Hopefully his form will benifit India during the World Cup next year.

  • jasonx7680 on February 25, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    Arise Mr.Sachin Tendulkar...... by the power vested in me as an Indian Cricket Fan dub thee as Mr.200....Hencforth, the world shall know you as the warrior who killed the 200 beast. History of Cricket and mankind shall take your name with the same great regard and humility that you have shown for cricket and your fellow human beings. I recognise your kingdom among the cricketing gods and i recognise you as the King of Cricketing Gods.

    Arise Mr.Sachin Tendulkar, Arise o' Warrior, Arise ......MR.200

  • cric4india on February 25, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    The reason behind this team's success is not only Dhoni. It is the way each and every individual looks out for the other. It has not happened before and I do not know whether it will continue in the future, though that's what I pray for everyday. There is no jealousy among the members, which is prime towards bonding. This article is a masterpiece cementing the proof further!

  • on February 25, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    I think what is really touching is the happiness of Sehwag that so clearly reflects from this article. That is what i like about team India- they are happy for their team mates too!

    Sachin and Sehwag- hats off to the both of you!

  • sahil_cricrazy on February 25, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    Well disappointing to hear this comment from Sehwag....i thought he would understand Sachin's game more than anybody else.Sachin who was there in 1998,had he stayed that same destuctive and aggressive way this 200 could have come a lot earlier....He's wasted a lot of his years by playing very very defensive and negative cricket otherwise he would have achieved more than this all he;s achieved........

  • Pankajkasana on February 25, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    A fitting tribute to the Master from the Blaster...Would love to see these two casting the same spell of magic overseas (though none of these two needs to prove anything else to anyone)...God bless you all for providing us some wonderful moments like this.

  • GoldenBoy48 on February 25, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Great article and nice to hear the views of the team mates.:)

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  • GoldenBoy48 on February 25, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Great article and nice to hear the views of the team mates.:)

  • Pankajkasana on February 25, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    A fitting tribute to the Master from the Blaster...Would love to see these two casting the same spell of magic overseas (though none of these two needs to prove anything else to anyone)...God bless you all for providing us some wonderful moments like this.

  • sahil_cricrazy on February 25, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    Well disappointing to hear this comment from Sehwag....i thought he would understand Sachin's game more than anybody else.Sachin who was there in 1998,had he stayed that same destuctive and aggressive way this 200 could have come a lot earlier....He's wasted a lot of his years by playing very very defensive and negative cricket otherwise he would have achieved more than this all he;s achieved........

  • on February 25, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    I think what is really touching is the happiness of Sehwag that so clearly reflects from this article. That is what i like about team India- they are happy for their team mates too!

    Sachin and Sehwag- hats off to the both of you!

  • cric4india on February 25, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    The reason behind this team's success is not only Dhoni. It is the way each and every individual looks out for the other. It has not happened before and I do not know whether it will continue in the future, though that's what I pray for everyday. There is no jealousy among the members, which is prime towards bonding. This article is a masterpiece cementing the proof further!

  • jasonx7680 on February 25, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    Arise Mr.Sachin Tendulkar...... by the power vested in me as an Indian Cricket Fan dub thee as Mr.200....Hencforth, the world shall know you as the warrior who killed the 200 beast. History of Cricket and mankind shall take your name with the same great regard and humility that you have shown for cricket and your fellow human beings. I recognise your kingdom among the cricketing gods and i recognise you as the King of Cricketing Gods.

    Arise Mr.Sachin Tendulkar, Arise o' Warrior, Arise ......MR.200

  • on February 25, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    I am really glad that it came from the bat of Sachin. He is a genius. Hopefully his form will benifit India during the World Cup next year.

  • nileshmittal on February 25, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Talent is like raw iron and you can mold into a strong and sharp sword depends on how strong you are mentally and that exactly is the difference between him and the other great players of the game. World would call him greaaa888888888 sometime and sometime not but sachin as you can see waves his bats first to the god almighty as if God is the one who is the onyl greater to him and sachin is showing the God that see I can also do some wonders here on earth So basically Sachin has no competition Dont you feel guys..........

  • on February 25, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Sachin is the ONE sehwag seems to be trying to match himself with Sachin

  • DSUS on February 25, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    I remember when I was barely 11-12 yrs old when my elder cousin told me that there is a new prodigy in the Indian team who does not respect any bowler and has hit one of the fastests half centuries albeit in an exhibition match. From then I have been a great admirer of one who is now regarded as one of the best ever. There were times when it was like "Sachin out to India has no chance" for a considerable period. During those times he gave us two best one days ever played - both at Sarjah (sandstorm and all). More than runs and centuries this man has given emotional confidence to us. I felt very emotional when he created history since I have grown up watching him. Its not a surprise that he has got this, but its a surprise that it took this long.