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On this day: Sachin Tendulkar becomes the first batsman to score 200 in ODIs

T20 format played a huge role in changing batsman's approach and the way cricket is played! Shorter boundaries, thick willows, bowling restrictions and advantageous rules have made the scores of 150+ a lot more achievable for the modern day batsmen. Triple hundreds in Test cricket, double hundreds in ODIs and a century in T20s is a no big deal in the recent times.

But if you rewind the clock 7 or 8 years back, not many would have dreamt of a batsman scoring a double hundred in 50-over cricket. But, as they say, laws of cricket and logic generally go out of the window if you are talking about the ‘God of Cricket’ – Sachin Tendulkar.

The man who has etched his name against every possible record when it comes to batting is the trendsetter when it comes to breaking the jinx of scoring a double hundred in the limited overs cricket.

On 24th February 2010, Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman in one-day history to breach the 200-run mark against South Africa at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior. He played an unbeaten knock of 200* off just 147 balls which included 25 smashing boundaries and three huge sixes.

Courtesy Tendulkar’s double delight, India managed to score their second 400-plus total in 50-over cricket. The hosts registered a thumping victory in the match by 153 runs. This was also Sachin’s best ODI score and his record 46th hundred in ODI format.

With this innings, the Master Blaster broke the record of former Pakistani legend Saeed Anwar who scored 194 against India in 1997. Tendulkar's record was later broken by another Indian Virender Sehwag (219). The current record for the highest score in ODI cricket rests with India’s Rohit Sharma (209 and 264) who has made two double-centuries in the format.

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