Records are set only to be broken is one of the oldest sporting clichés.There was a time when it was thought that the 200-run barrier in ODI's would never be broken.Today,Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has slammed the first ever Double century and has broken the long standing record in ODI's.
As a adherent cricket fan,this is an unbelievable moment for me, the 1st one being watching Sanath Jayasuriya slam-bang bowlers out of the park all these years. No one cared whether India would get to the 400 run mark, no one cared whether India would win or not,MSD was abused inspite of hitting sixes and fours, because everyone wanted to the God of Cricket reach to a peak, where others can only dream of!
And that moment came atlast in the 49.3rd over :
Langeveldt to Tendulkar, 1 run, 137.4 kph, single to reach the first double-hundred in ODIs, streered behind point, takes off his helmet and waves to the crowd, which is on its feet, so are his team-mates in the dressing room, a fan's blowing a conch, Tendulkar's soaking all the adulation and after a brief moment, gets back to his crease to face the next delivery.
Forty years and 2961 matches. That's how long it took for a batsman to make 200 in an ODI and Sachin did it.
Shane Warne at this moment tweeted - "Come on Sachin my friend get your 200. World record to please! You deserve it… Nervous for my good friend Sachin everything crossed for you mate… Glad I'm not bowling to him today ha ha ha."
For Indian Cricket Fans, Sachin is GOD, as Mr. Sunil M Gavaskar rightly said," A century from any batsmen means a 100 runs in his kitty, but a century from Sachin tendulkar means lakhs of smiles across India"
Sachin Tendulkar deserves credit for his sheer tenacity. A few years back he had hit a bad form, and many people were calling for his skull. He had to overcome nagging injuries and even make adjustments to his batting techniques to make a comeback
I remember there was a time when Tendulkar was booed off his own home ground by the spectators when he was out scoring just 1 run off 21 balls vs Poms in a Test match. People virtually had written him off. Tendulkar himself never had any doubt, always displaying sheer determination and persistence. It is a true story of triumph of one man over all adversities scaling ever newer heights against the odds of time. Today, he owns almost all records for batting at the this level of the game.
This is the story of a man who knows only one thing - score more and more runs. It is fitting that after playing cricket for 21 years, he would scribe his name on one more record. We fans would like to see him get that one elusive record he's yet to accomplish - a Triple Century in Test Cricket.
Take a bow Sachin Tendulkar!