On the 24th of February 2010, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar added another jewel to his already priceless crown. Sachin scripted history at the captain Roop Singh stadium as he broke all records smashing the first ever double century in One day international cricket. It’s been nearly 4 decades since the format was recognized, Sachin has been there for nearly half its age and even the master took 20 years before he finally accomplished this humungous task. Shows the grit, the determination, the passion, the love for the game this godlike man still possesses in spite of being in the thick of things for over 20 years now.
The man is simply incomparable when it comes to career to career stat. As Australia’s skipper Ricky Ponting neared Sachin’s test record, the tiger was out of the cage. Sachin was roaring again. 4 consecutive test centuries and he’s back with an 8-ton lead. The stats said it when Ricky Ponting was voted by some websites leading player of the decade. This did not seem to go down to well with the master as he has been seen amassing 3 of his highest scores in One day internationals in the last one year and 4 consecutive test centuries to go with.
The innings was reminiscent of Sachin’s 175 a few months back against the visiting Australian side. The trailer to the movie to be shown was seen there. It would take a lot of courage to call Sachin’s 175 a trailer but, if only a man knew what records were; the ease with which the man breaks it. Not a single South African bowler was spared as Sachin Tendulkar smashed them to all parts of the ground. His cheeky innovativeness along with superb cricketing shots, that can be seen only from the bat of the master.
The current number one ODI bowler in the world, Dale Steyn also couldn’t prevent a hammering as Sachin pummeled him for 89 in his ten Overs. But, it was all okay as the South African’s were to witness what in some eyes was the greatest one day innings of all time.
Critics did raise their point about there being 55m boundaries, an ordinary bowling attack (barring Dale Steyn) and a placid wicket. But, critics are critics—if it’s one man who knows how to answer them, the man is Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Sachin endorsed his sponsor (Adidas) beautifully after his mammoth 200 knock proving that indeed ‘Nothing is impossible’.
In spite of all this critics still seem to be shooting their arrows at him comparing him with ponting. Sachin is the greater batsman without a doubt. If a comparison can be made it has to be a decade comparison with ponting being the superior one from 2000-2010. But, the day when Sachin gets a 100 international centuries, he will seal the debate as the best batsman to have played the game.
It was truly an innings of master class an innings which can never be replicated or matched (except by the master himself), the greatness of the man all in one innings. Indeed, Nothing in this world epitomizes god more than Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.
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