When it comes to cricketing genius, the first name that comes to mind after Sir Don Bradman is India's very own Sachin Tendulkar. The batting maestro etched his name forever in the cricket hall of fame when he became the first man ever in the history of ODI cricket to score 200 runs in an innings. He achieved this feat against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010.When Sachin walked out to bat, he was already the best player to have ever played this format. And considering the fact that he had all the records possible as far as batting is concerned, it was perfect when he became the first man to hit a double century in the ODI format. India captain MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat first. The decision to bat, however, seemed to have backfired as India lost opener Virender Sehwag quite cheaply.However, this did not impede India’s progress as along with Dinesh Karthik, Sachin added 194 runs for the second wicket and this laid the foundation of a huge total. Sachin breezed to a century – he got to this landmark with a cut off JP Duminy. As soon as he reached his hundred, Sachin changed gears and took the South African attack head on. Such was the acceleration, that he reached 150 with a lofted on-drive off Parnell and it took him just 118 balls to reach the milestone. He was joined in the middle by Yusuf Pathan and then by Dhoni and both the batsmen kept bludgeoning the Proteas attack right throughout the innings. As Sachin edged closer to the historic landmark, Dhoni took the centrestage and kept plundering the attack to take India’s total past 400.
In the 49th over, Dhoni smacked two sixes. The historic moment did arrive in the next over when Sachin dabbed a full ball from Charl Langeveldt to backward point and rushed to change ends to script history. “First man on the planet to score a double century in ODIs and it is the ‘Superman’ from India,” said Ravi Shastri on air.India went on to score 401/3 in the allotted fifty overs and then, the bowlers restricted South Africa to 248 to win the game by 153 runs.