The Indian batsman scaled a new record for any individual with his unbeaten 200 against South Africa at Gwalior.
Tendulkar is first to score 200 in ODIs
GWALIOR // India's Sachin Tendulkar has become the first batsman to score a double century in a one-day international. Tendulkar, who opens the batting in ODIs, achieved the feat in the second one-dayer against South Africa, his 200 not out guiding the home team to 401-3 in 50 overs. The 36-year-old former India captain holds the record for most runs in Tests (13,447) and one-day internationals (17,598) and the most centuries in Tests (47) and ODIs (46).
Tendulkar reached 200 with a single off Charl Langeveldt in the final over of India's innings, having earlier broken the world record for the highest individual score of 194 held by Pakistan's Saeed Anwar and Zimbabwe's Charles Coventry. Tendulkar, who scored centuries in both Tests against South Africa this month, reached 200 off just 147 balls with 25 fours (also a record on ODI cricket) and three sixes. Tendulkar's previous highest one-day individual score was 186 not out against New Zealand in Hyderabad in 1999. Anwar made 194 against India in May 1997 while Coventry hit the same total not out against Bangladesh last year. * Reuters
200* - Sachin Tendulkar, India vs. South Africa, Gwalior, February 2010 194* - Charles Coventry, Zimbabwe vs. Bangladesh, Bulawayo, August 2009 194 - Saeed Anwar, Pakistan vs. India, Chennai, May 1997 189* - Viv Richards, West Indies vs. England, Manchester, May 1984 189 - Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka vs. India, Sharjah, October 2000 188* - Gary Kirsten, South Africa vs. UAE, Rawalpindi, February 1996 186* - Sachin Tendulkar, India vs. New Zealand, Hyderabad, November 1999 183* - Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India vs. Sri Lanka, Jaipur, October 2005 183 - Sourav Ganguly, India vs. Sri Lanka, Taunton, May 1999 181* - Matthew Hayden, Australia vs. New Zealand, Hamilton, February 2007 181 - Viv Richards, West Indies vs. Sri Lanka, Karachi, October 1987. ( * denotes not out)