Time : February 24th IST 2.30PM-6.30PM, would be one of the most memorable time to any Indian cricket fan and also in the history of cricket world. What a knock it was, what a perfection, absolutely splendid. At an age of 36, Sachin stayed on the pitch for the complete 50 overs and broke the record for the most number of runs(200 runs in 147 balls) and the most number of fours (25 fours and 3 sixes) in an ODI innings by any batsman. This season has been fantastic four consecutive test centuries and an unbelievable knock of 200. I have no words to put in my happiness here. This is the very same day when Sachin made a prtnership of 664 runs with Kambli in 1988.
A para from CricInfo:
Tendulkar’s innings featured strokes of the highest quality, but his true genius was exemplified by one particular shot which rendered even the best bowler in the world helpless. In the first over of the batting Powerplay – taken in the 35th over – Dale Steyn fired it in the block-hole for three deliveries outside off to keep him quiet. Tendulkar, feeling the need to improvise, walked right across his stumps and nonchalantly flicked him across the line, hopping in his crease on one leg to bisect the gap at midwicket. A helpless Steyn watched the ball speed away and merely shrugged his shoulders. There was no use searching for excuses or venting frustrations at the temerity of that shot. It was just that kind of afternoon for the bowlers.
Few excerpts of the match collected from Yahoo! sports :
1. By a coincidence, Virender Sehwag was playing his 221st match, exactly half of SR Tendulkar’s 442 matches. Their combined total is 663 matches. SR Tendulkar was playing his 431st innings in this game. The record for most innings played in One-day games is 432 and is credited to ST Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka.
2. The three figure partnership of 194 runs between SR Tendulkar and KRD Karthik in this game represents the 93rd occasion of SR Tendulkar being a partner in a three figure partnership in One-day games.
3. SR Tendulkar now owns the record for most 150 plus scores in One-day games. Previously held by Sanath.
4. This is Tendulkar’s 46th ODI century.
5. Most number of fours(25) in a single ODI Innings. Previous record by Sanath (24).
Though I came across many quotes on God, these are the few which are always in my mind.
Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed because even the Lord is busy watching him batting!!!. – Hoarding attached at Sydney Cricket Ground
When I die I hope to see God. Today I will Settle for Tendulkar.
In an over I can bowl six different balls. But then Sachin looks at me with a sort of gentle arrogance down the pitch as if to say ‘Can you bowl me another one?’ – Adam Hollioke
I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two… his compactness, technique, stroke production… it all seemed to gel – Sir Donald Bradman
There is no shame being beaten by such a great player. We didn’t lose to Team India. We Lost to Sachin Tendulkar –Steve Waugh.
If I’ve to bowl to Sachin, I’ll bowl with my helmet on. He hits the ball so hard – Dennis Lillee.
I’d like to see him go out and bat one day with a stump. I tell you he’d do okay – Greg Chappell.
Cricketers like Sachin come once in a lifetime and I am privileged he played in my time – Wasim Akram.
The pressure on me is nothing as compared to Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin, like God, must never fail. The crowd always expects him to succeed and it is too much pressure on him –Mark Waugh.
Everybody gets 15 minutes of fame. But if there’s one person I’ve admired over a 15-year of period, it’s definitely Sachin. – Brian Lara
I’ll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don’t think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player –Shane Warne.
Few rare pics of Sachin