Sachin deflects record praise
Little Master dedicates landmark to the people of India
Last Updated: 24/02/10 10:04pm
Tendulkar: humble response
Sachin Tendulkar dedicated his world record one-day score to the people of India.
"I dont know how to react to this. I would like to dedicate this double hundred to all the people of India who stood with me for the last 20 years."
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Tendulkar hit 200 not out to help India to a 153-run victory over South Africa in the second one-day international in Gwalior, a result that gives the hosts an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
His innings was the first double century in one-day international history, bettering the previous highest individual score of 194, jointly held by Pakistan's Saeed Anwar and Zimbabwean Charles Coventry.
The 36-year-old, who was already the leading run scorer in both Tests and one-dayers, built partnerships with Dinesh Karthik (79), Yusuf Pathan (36) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (68) as India reach a mammoth total of 401-3.
South Africa were bowled out for 248 in reply, despite an unbeaten 114 from AB de Villiers.
"I thought I was stroking the ball well, timing the ball well," an understated Tendulkar told Sky Sports.
"The ball was coming nicely on to the bat. Every over a big shot was being played and was being played consistently.
"Because of Dinesh and MS we were able to pick up a big total."
He added: "I dont know how to react to this. I would like to dedicate this double hundred to all the people of India who stood with me for the last 20 years.
"I really appreciate their support. This is for all the people in India."
Tendulkar, who was presented with a silver bat as a reward for 20 years in the game and will have a pavilion at the Gawalior ground named after him, claimed it was not until he was 25 runs short that he felt a double hundred was possible.
"Probably when I had 175 plus and there were 42 overs gone I thought now there is a chance," he said.
"It feels good that I lasted for 50 overs, a good test of my fitness."
Skipper Dhoni hailed the efforts of Tendulkar and Karthik in building a solid platform for the series-clinching victory.
"They gave us a platform after which we were sure we would score at least 350-plus," Dhoni said.
"It was a difficult target but I think the way Sachin batted, he carried his innings through and batted to the 50th over.
"Even when he's tired and can't play the big shots, he's very clever to use the pace of the bowler.
"It's very difficult for the bowlers, they don't know exactly where to bowl, so I think he batted really well."
South Africa captain Jacques Kallis praised the efforts of Tendulkar but was more concerned that his team should bounce back from the heavy loss as quickly as possible.
"He's a world-class player and he proved it again today," Kallis said.
"Once it started going, it was always possible they could get a big score.
"It's disappointing that we perhaps let ourselves down in some areas, which we need to work on for the next game."
Looking ahead to the final instalment of the three-match series in Ahmedabad on Saturday, Kallis added: "It's another one-day international. There's spots to play for, stuff to be learnt, so the guys will be up for that."