The first ODI in the history of cricket was played on January 5, 1971. Exactly 39 years 1 month and 19 days later, on February 24, 2010, the first double century in the history of cricket was recorded. Sachin Tendulkar has achieved this feat and opened the door to a unique event in the history of cricket. Tendulkar made history in the match between India and South Africa at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior. India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who won the toss, decided to bat first. Sehwag reaches the crease with Sachin. The first wicket fell at just 25 runs. Sehwag, who scored just 9 runs, was dismissed by Whale Parnell. Dinesh Karthik, who came next, shared important partnerships with Yusuf Pathan to take the team score to 300. Tendulkar made a run off the third ball of the 50th over to complete the first double century in the history of cricket. Tendulkar hit 147 balls with 25 fours and three sixes. It also broke Saeed Anwar’s record of 194 runs set by Pakistan 13 years ago.
Sehwag breaks Sachin’s record
Tendulkar holds the record for the highest score of 200 runs in a year with only 9 months and 14 days. On December 8, 2011, Virender Sehwag broke Sachin’s record of 209 at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. Sehwag also captained the team in the match against the West Indies. Sehwag became the first captain to score a double century. There is another uniqueness in these two matches. In both the matches, Team India defeated the opposition by 153 runs.
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