Sachin Tendulkar had started his cricket career at 16 years of age, earning the tag ‘Master Blaster’ owing to the spark that he had displayed to the cricketing world. The batting magician went on to play cricket for 24 years, and established himself as the greatest cricketer India had seen, becoming known as the ‘God of Cricket’. On this day (24 February) in 2010, Tendulkar became the first-ever cricketer to score an ODI double century. Class.
A legend cut from a different cloth altogether, Sachin Tendulkar stands as the greatest ruler of the 22-yard distance till date, with even the best of the current cricketers only hoping to emulate the ‘God of Cricket’.
Sachin Tendulkar, who played his first-ever match for India on 15 November in 1989 against Pakistan, ended his 24-year long magnificent cricketing journey on November 14 in 2013, bringing one of the greatest cricketing eras to an end.
On this day in 2010, Sachin Tendulkar scored ODI cricket’s first-ever double century (200)
Sachin Tendulkar’s proficiency with the bat has been such, that the Indian cricketer became the first cricketer in the world to score a double century (200) in ODI history. The ODI history was written by Tendulkar on 24th February in 2010 against South Africa, in Gwalior. Considering the weight of Indian cricket, which wasn’t much at the time, for Sachin Tendulkar to become the first cricketer to score ODI 200 (ODI double century) is a feat which cannot be described in words.
The BCCI posted Sachin Tendulkar’s glorious feat on their Twitter account, and gave a trailer of how things had went down in 2010 on 24th February, when South Africa had come to the Indian territory for the ODI. Have a look at cricket history being created at the hands of India’s God of Cricket, aka, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 24, 2018
As India were batting first, the Master Blaster had made sure to make it as difficult as he could for South Africa to chase India’s score. In his historics innings of unbeaten 147-ball 200, Sachin Tendulkar slammed 25 boundaries and three sixes, registering a strike rate of 136.05.
Riding on the historic ODI double century by Tendulkar, India went on to win the match despite South Africa batsman AB de Villiers’ 114 runs off 104 balls. The Proteas visitors eventually fell short, when they were skittled out in 42.5 overs. And to set things right, Sachin Tendulkar was befittingly adjudged the Player of the Match.
In a cricket career longer than two decades (24 years), Sachin Tendulkar played 200 Test matches, and 463 ODIs, apart from featuring in 310 First-Class and 551 List A cricket matches. The 44-year-old former batting blaster amassed 15,921 Test runs including 51 centuries and 68 half-centuries, averaging 53.78.
In his 463 ODIs, Sachin Tendulkar amassed 18,426 runs festooned with 49 centuries and 96 fifties with an average of 44.83. Let alone his First Class and List A careers where the maestro has 81/116, 60/114 (centuries/fifties) respectively.