Sachin Tendulkar opens up about the ‘lucky date’ of his cricket career

Tendulkar was the first male cricketer to score a ODI double ton.

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after reaching his ODI double-century against South Africa in Gawalior | Reuters

It was on this very date (February 24) in 2010, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar became the first male cricketer in the history of cricket to score 200 in a one-day international inning.

Tendulkar scored an unbeaten 200 in 147 balls, which was laced with 25 fours and three sixes. With that momentous knock against a potent South African attack, Sachin had also become the owner of the highest individual score in an innings in 50-over cricket, beating Saeed Anwar and Charles Coventry's record of 194 runs.

As the cricket fraternity celebrating 8 years of that glorious batting exhibition, the Master Blaster on Saturday himself walked down memory lane when he came across a tweet from his fan’s handle.

"24 has always been God's lucky number. He was born on 24. 30 years back this day, He stitched together 664 with @vinodkambli349 . 8 years back this day, He scored the DIVINE 200. Thanks @sachin_rt ,for all the incredible memories," Sachin’s fan with a Twitter handle @Sachinist wrote.

On seeing the tweet, Tendulkar realised the significance of number 24 in his life and wrote: “Didn't realise it until now but the 24th is a lucky date for me. Those memories will forever be etched in my heart."

Sachin's record of most runs in an ODI innings was broken by teammate Virender Sehwag in 2011 against the West Indies in Indore, which was later broken by another India opener Rohit Sharma, who now holds a record-extending 3 ODI double tons against his name.


By Salman Anjum - 24 Feb, 2018

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